Effective principals are an important characteristic of effective schools. School performance is higher when principals have greater organizational management skills and demonstrate greater ability to recruit and retain high-quality teachers while removing low-quality teachers.
Principal Vacancies (as of May 22)
|Region||School Vacancy||Position||Reason for Vacancy|
Principal Assignments (as of May 22)
|Reg||Names||Current Position||Current School||New Position||New School|
|1||Sims, Keisha||Assistant Principal||Sequoyah MS||Principal||Margaret Harris|
|1||Lowery, Rochelle||Principal||Chamblee HS||Principal||Leadership Develop.|
|2||Maubougne, Lynda||Principal||Brockett ES||Principal||Oak Grove ES|
|2||Patillo, Rochelle||Assistant Principal||Henderson MS||Principal||Henderson MS|
|3||Clark, Kyia||Principal||Princeton ES||Principal||Stone Mill ES|
|3||Hairston, Angela||Principal||Stone Mt. ES||Principal||Princeton ES|
|3||Davidson, Corey||Principal||Freedom MS||Principal||Stone Mt. ES|
|3||Boston, Marchell||Principal||Stone Mill ES||Principal||Freedom MS|
|4||Phillips, Debra||Principal||Chapel Hill MS||Principal||Lithonia MS|
|4||McGhee, Lisa||Principal||Lithonia MS||Principal||Chapel Hill MS|
|4||Blackwell, Dawn||Assistant Principal||Bethune MS||Principal||Bob Mathis|
|4||Brown, Tiffany||Assistant Principal||Henderson MS||Principal||Browns Mills|
|5||Broome, Myron||Assistant Principal||Towers HS||Principal||Bethune MS|
|5||Jones, Vanessa||Assistant Principal||Rowland ES||Principal||Rowland ES|
|5||Nelloms, Sheila||Principal||Knollwood ES||Principal||Peachcrest ES|
|5||Freeman, Susan||Principal||Flat Shoals ES||Principal||Meadowview ES|
OCGA § 20-2-86[t]
§ 20-2-86. Operation of school councils; training programs; membership; management; roles and responsibilities
“The role of the school council in the principal selection process shall be advisory and specified in policy written by the local board of education and regulations developed by the superintendent” (OCGA § 20-2-86[t] and Board of Education policy BBFA).
BOE Policy BBFA
Policy BBFA – Local School Councils
The role of the school council in the principal selection process shall be advisory and will be specified in regulations developed by the Superintendent.
Regulation BBFA – Local School Councils
The following regulations regarding the role of the school council in the selection process of the local school principal include the following:
- Each local school council should solicit input from internal and external stakeholders in the form of parent, teacher, student, and community surveys, questionnaires, or other means of gathering input identifying the characteristics of a great principal.
- The Regional Superintendent will meet with a local school council and teachers to discuss and identify the needs of a particular school related to the selection process of the school principal and review results of input gathered.
- The Regional Superintendents and the local school council should use the input from school stakeholders to compile a list of recommended characteristics of a great principal and communicate the information to all school stakeholders.
- The Regional Superintendent will submit the list of the identified desirable characteristics of a great principal to the Superintendent on behalf of the local school council.
- The Superintendent has the executive authority to transfer a principal due to extenuating circumstances or emergencies not limited to FMLA, death of a sitting principal, legal implications, professional performance or low academic student achievement.
Fri 12/04/2009 – ELPC – Selection of DeKalb School Principals, Policy Change
In our continuing effort to keep parents and the public engaged, we wanted to advise you of a significant policy change now being considered by the DeKalb Board of Education. On Monday, December 7, the Board will consider amending a Board policy (action item J 5, By-Law BBFA,) to significantly reduce the role of school councils in the selection of school principals.
Currently, pursuant to a regulation issued by the Superintendent, school councils play a significant role in the interview and recommendation process for principals. Parents, teachers and a business representative now hold a majority of 5 out of 7 positions on each Interview Committee, which interviews all candidates selected by Human Resources and recommends two candidates to the Superintendent, who makes the final decision. The recommendations are advisory only.
The proposed Board policy (we assume the corresponding regulation will be changed) eliminates the Interview Committee. The Superintendent would only be required to ask for very general input from the school council about the traits the new principal should have, but only if the principal is to be hired from outside current DCSS personnel. The school council would have no input if someone is to be reassigned from within DCCS.
We believe this change is counter to an open, accountable and community-based model for governance of our schools. Significantly reducing or eliminating the role of school councils potentially undermines the sense of community which is a critical element of a school’s success.
Amendment to the Bylaws and Policies: READY FOR ACTION: Local School Councils, Descriptor Code BBFA