Based on the AJC article I saw the BOE is definitely in the hunt for a new super. MIchael Thurmond appears to be the candidate of favor. While I am sure that Mr. Thurmond is a delightful person, I must ask ….. what are his qualifications to supervise a school system?
If this selection does occur, he would merely be a figurehead or political window dressing for a struggling board trying to desperately appear responsible and progressive. Looking at his history, it would appear that he and Gene Walker are old friends. Now let’s see…. that would give Dr. Walker control of the top two jobs in the DeKalb school system. He would be the chair of the BOE and he would have direct access to the superintendents chair. Does anyone remember Huey Long? Even FDR was afraid of Huey Long and he was the President.
Now what about a contract? How much would you pay? Should it be more than the previous super. or should it be less? How could you pay him more or even the same as the previous super?
Let’s face it. The workload on the staff will become enormous. Mr. Thurmond would be a media darling. He will be moving around the system, pressing the flesh, talking to the DeKalb Chamber, and collecting accolades wherever he can go. What educational work will he do? What educational work can he do? Now this is not his fault. Remember a couple of days ago he is walking around town without a job and now someone invites him to please come fix something he has no experience in. It does not matter. Work for us. We will give you bags of money. How could you blame anyone in their right mind for not accepting this offer?
Now what about the “former” superintendent. Is there a severance package? She had a very cushy contract. It was one I opposed during its creation. I knew that honeymoons do not last forever. I also remember one of our current board members proposing that it take a three fourths vote to dismiss her for convenience. I thought that was a bad idea at the time. If she just left or resigned why would you pay her anything? I wonder if the finance department has any extra cash laying around to pay for a severance package? I do remember when I left the BOE after December 2012 that we were pretty much broke.
My goodness folks. We seem to be in a time warp. Watch how your representative votes. It will clearly delineate the responsible from the irresponsible.
Now all this is purely speculation. Let’s see if any of it becomes reality.