City Schools of Decatur human resources director resigns

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 8, 2015
City Schools of Decatur Administrative Offices. Photo by Dena Mellick

City Schools of Decatur Administrative Offices. Photo by Dena Mellick

There are more staffing changes going on at City Schools of Decatur.

Decaturish learned that CSD’s Human Resources Director Caroline Wood submitted her resignation. Superintendent Phyllis Edwards later confirmed the departure.

“Yes, I received a resignation,” Edwards said. “I do not know yet when a new (HR director) will start. I plan to see if I can get someone to fill in temporarily.”

There was no additional information concerning Wood’s resignation. According to her LinkedIN profile, prior to joining CSD, Wood was the business services manager at Charles R. Drew Charter School.


It’s the latest in a series of departures and reorganization that’s been going on within the last year at CSD. During the summer, Chief Operating Officer Kiawana Kennedy left CSD to take a job as assistant superintendent of administrative services for the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education. She was later replaced by Decatur High Principal Noel Maloof, who was succeeded at DHS by assistant principal Arlethea Williams.

Derrick Thomas announced his resignation as Renfroe Middle School’s principal in May to take a job in Henry County Public Schools. He was replaced by Johnathan Clark, who previously worked at DeKalb County Schools.

Superintendent Edwards also recently named 4/5 Academy at 5th Avenue Principal Bruce Roaden as the next Director of Secondary Education. He will be replaced by Karen Newton. Roaden was selected to fill a job that had been vacant since Lauri McKain announced her resignation back in December.

Edwards herself is on the way out. In March, she announced her intent to resign but is staying until the board names her successor, which could happen soon. In a letter to parents about the promotion of Roaden, Edwards addressed concerns about her making high-profile hires so close to her departure from CSD.

“Some may ask why I should make these changes at a time when I have announced I am leaving as superintendent,” Edwards wrote. “That is a fair question. The Board has asked me to remain and provided me with a contract until Dec. 31, 2015. The point of my staying is to provide continuity as a new leader is selected and seated. For as long as I am the superintendent, I plan to do the job to the best of my ability. Part of that job includes putting the right people in the right places.”

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