Lauri McKain is leaving City Schools of Decatur

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 17, 2014
Decatur High Principal (for now) Lauri McKain. Source: City Schools of Decatur

Lauri McKain. Source: City Schools of Decatur

This story has been updated. 

Former Decatur High Principal and current Secondary Education Director Lauri McKain is leaving City Schools of Decatur.

A source with knowledge of the situation told Decaturish that McKain will take a position with the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board. The source said the resignation will not be immediate, but did not know when McKain will be leaving CSD to take her new job.

CSD spokesperson Courtney Burnett on Tuesday confirmed that McKain is leaving the school system for a job with SREB.

“Of course we hate to see her go but I think this is a great opportunity for her,” Burnett said.

McKain said she will be the Director of School Leader Development with SREB effective Dec. 1. She said her duties involve “preparing principals and other school leaders in implementing improvements for college and career readiness.”

“A decade ago I went with a DHS team to an SREB conference where we learned about counseling structures, a strong academic core for all students, senior projects, collaborative practices, and quality career technology classes,” McKain said. “These ideas guided the work I lead at Decatur High School. I am honored that they believe my work with the CSD school board, community, leaders, and teachers has prepared me to help lead school improvement reform in our region. Having a broader reach with initiatives focused on student achievement is an appealing next step for my career. As a parent and community member, I want and expect nothing but the best for CSD moving forward.”

McKain earlier this year was promoted from her job as Decatur High’s principal to become CSD’s Director of Secondary Education, overseeing Renfroe Middle and Decatur High. Her position came about as part of a restructuring of positions within central office. It was a new title, but not a new position in terms of central office staff.

McKain started working at Decatur High in 1999 and became principal in 2006, serving in that role until her promotion.

Correction: An earlier version of this article included a picture caption that contained outdated information. The caption has been updated. 

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  • Decatur Parent

    Huge loss for CSD. She changed some things when my kids were at DHS that I wasn’t on board with but now can I see the point. Seems like there has been a bit of a “brain drain” the past few years.

  • Bill Woolf

    Check the picture caption. Ms. McKain is the former principal, not the current one. She is departing CSD as Secondary Education Director (a fact that is clear in the article).

    • Good catch. I was using a file photo and forgot to update the caption. Thank you.

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