(UPDATED) Decatur High Principal promoted to Director of Secondary Education

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 14, 2014
Decatur High Principal (for now) Lauri McKain. Source: City Schools of Decatur

Decatur High Principal (for now) Lauri McKain. Source: City Schools of Decatur

Decatur High School Principal Lauri McKain is being promoted to Director of Secondary Education for City Schools of Decatur.

Superintendent Phyllis Edwards made the surprise announcement during the Jan. 14 school board meeting. She said McKain will remain as principal through the end of the school year and CSD will begin looking for a new principal to lead the High School, which has one of the highest graduation rates in the state. McKain started working at the high school in 1999 and became principal in 2006. Her time as principal has brought stability to Decatur High. McKain said there had been four different principals within five years before she stepped into that role.

UPDATE: OK, so I talked to McKain after the meeting. Here’s a little more information on the promotion.

McKain will oversee both the middle and high school (grades six through 12) for City Schools of Decatur. The Director of Secondary Education is a new position within CSD, she said.

She said she will officially become Director of Secondary education in the fall, but that could change if CSD finds a new principal for the high school before the end of this school year.

That’s what we know thus far.

Also worth mentioning: The BOE removed proposed changes to the pre-kindergarten lottery from the Jan. 14 agenda. CSD holds a lottery for parents to get on a waiting list to attend College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center. This year’s lottery is scheduled for March 3, 2014, according to the CSD website. The proposed changes concerned how multiple-birth siblings – twins, triplets etc. – are treated under the lottery system. CSD spokeswoman Courtney Burnett said the wording of the proposed changes needed to be reexamined and that the item would be reintroduced at a future meeting.

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  • What does the director of Secondary Education do? We have one secondary school….could you find out more?

    • Way ahead of you, sir. Will update when I get more info.

    • Jeff G

      “McKain will oversee both the middle and high school (grades six through 12) for City Schools of Decatur. The Director of Secondary Education is a new position within CSD, she said.”

      Apparently the middle school is also considered a secondary school. This position is akin to the one which Mary Mack has assumed as Directory of Elementary Education. It puts in place an administrative structure that can accommodate growth–such as a second middle school at some point.

  • Chris Billingsley

    First of all, I am very happy for Ms. McKain. She has worked hard and done a great job as principal of DHS, as a building project manager, a leader of a talented but strong-willed group of teachers and a careful navigator through dangerous waters filled with hungry sharks (sometimes called parents). A previous responder asks an interesting question. Could the appointment mean that we will have additional secondary schools in the near future? Who knows but I am concerned that for a small school system, already with a reputation for having too many administrators, this appointment creates another upper level position. I hope that someone on the school board will question the need for these kinds of positions in the future.

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