City Schools of Decatur could announce superintendent finalists by end of the month

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 9, 2015
Brad Draeger with Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates speaks to the Decatur School Board during their June 9 meeting. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Brad Draeger with Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates speaks to the Decatur School Board during their June 9 meeting. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur School Board Chairman Garrett Goebel says that the board is narrowing down its decision on City Schools of Decatur’s next superintendent.

“In the last month, the board has interviewed eight candidates,” Goebel said. “A community interview panel composed of 13 members has interviewed a short list of those candidates. The board has subsequently held a second round of interviews with the short list. We are currently in the process of vetting candidates. We are hopeful that we will be ready to announce finalists before the end of the month.”


Goebel said the interviews are finished and the board is now vetting the candidates. The board could name up to three finalists, he said. He said once the board announces finalists, the board will have to wait 14 days to approve a contract, meaning that a new superintendent could be in place by October.

Superintendent Phyllis Edwards in March announced her intent to resign but is staying until the board names her successor. Her contract ends on Dec. 31.

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  • Marty

    Is there a CSD approved position description for CSD Superintendent?

  • Marty

    The role of a superintendent is in constant flux with shifting definitions of leadership.

    How are the desirable characteristics (below, via HYA & Associates) of an effective superintendent structured by the board such that equivalent vetting of candidates is taking place?
    After seeking input from its Board members, parents, staff, students, and community via focus groups, interviews, and an online survey, the Board of Education of the City Schools of Decatur seeks a strong educational leader who possesses the following characteristics:

    •Celebrate the high academic achievements of CSD and create an urgency to move the academic standards and achievement to even higher levels
    •Creates a highly visible and approachable presence throughout the schools and community
    •Builds a collaborative and vibrant relationship with the City of Decatur officials and staff for a shared vision of continuing the nationally recognized achievement of the schools
    •Fosters trust and transparency
    •Is a strong communicator who can listen and be empathetic
    •Is both collaborative and decisive, demonstrating both creativity and risk-taking skills
    •Is experienced in bringing unique and creative solutions to enrollment growth and facility challenges
    •Is willing to make a long-term commitment to CSD
    •Possesses a strong vision for education and provides the leadership, courage and management to achieve that vision
    •Possesses educational/curriculum, financial, and facility/construction experience
    •Possesses the ability to build relationships and trust with all constituencies in Decatur
    •Recruits, develops, evaluates and retains outstanding staff members at all levels

    With regard to leadership experiences and accomplishments, the successful candidate:
    •Demonstrates a solid track record of increasing responsibilities and success
    •Has experience as a teacher, school based administrator and central office administrator
    •Is or able to be certified as a Georgia superintendent
    •Possesses deep knowledge and experience with providing a comprehensive curriculum for all students preferably with innovative curriculums such as IB and experiential learning
    •Possesses doctorate (preferred)

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