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Survey: We Don't Want Atkinson To Lead DeKalb Schools

The majority of parents in a survey conducted by Parents For DeKalb Schools don't want her.

The DeKalb County Board of Education on Monday as schools superintendent.

Atkinson, who currently is superintendent of the Lorain City Schools in Ohio, is a 30-year education veteran and had been in the running for the top spot with Atlanta Public Schools.

She starts the new job on Sept. 15.

But the majority of parents in a survey conducted by Parents For DeKalb Schools don't want her. The results:

  • 68 — percentage of respondents who do not support the Board's selection of Cheryl L. H. Atkinson as finalist for the position of superintendent. 26 percent are undecided while only 6 percent support the candidate.
  • 32 — percentage of respondents who do not know which Board of Education member represents their super district. (In the DeKalb County portion of East Atlanta Patch, they are Sarah Copelin-Wood and Eugene Walker, both of whom voted for Atkinson.)
  • 69 — percentage of respondents who have neither written nor called their two Board of Education representatives to provide input or ask questions about the superintendent candidate.
  • 71 — percentage of respondents who are "dissatisfied" or "extremely dissatisfied" with the information and supporting material provided to the public by DeKalb County School System to support the choice of the superintendent finalist following its announcement of the candidate.

Related Topics: Cheryl Atkinson and DeKalb county school system

Jack Sartain August 31, 2011 at 01:51 AM
Our Board has a VERY POOR record of hiring when it comes to Supers. Then, they put us in hock when one or two or three is fired!
Lisa Kuebler August 31, 2011 at 03:53 AM
The part that scares me most in this survey is that 32 percent of respondents admitted to not knowing who their board members are. How can we expect/demand change and improvements when at least 1 in 3 voters don't even know who they're voting for??? I am hoping that all of the superintendent and redistricting drama will lead DeKalb citizens to pay more attention when the next school board election rolls around.
Gil Hearn August 31, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Need to know who your elected BOE representatives for your district are? http://parentsfordekalbschools.squarespace.com/stay-informed/

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