During the summer of 2016, Dr. Green created a District Graduation Task Force to begin looking at venues, available dates and costs for specific locations to house district ceremonies. Based on a cost and accessibility comparison, the committee determined that the best option would be the Georgia World Congress Center.
All high school graduations will be held during the week of May 22-27, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Dr. Stephen Green
Superintendent, DeKalb County School District
Graduation ceremonies are a major component of the closing of each school year. In recent years, schools have used governmental buildings, arenas and even churches to hold events. During the 2015-16 school year. However, the district was challenged by the AFL-CIO on the holding of school district graduation ceremonies in religious facilities. While measures were taken to comply with the request to not house ceremonies in religious venues (and some locations were changed), it was agreed that the district would work to address the concern for the 2016-17 school year.
DeKalb County School District Graduation Schedule
Georgia World Congress Center
Class of 2017
Dr. Leo Brown, Chief Human Capital Management Officer, reassigned
Stan Jester DeKalb County Board Of Education
Leo Brown – Dr. Leo Brown (resume) was the Assistant Director of Human Resources for Emory University from 2005 – 2011. He was also the Chief Human Capital Officer for Kansas City Public Schools from 2011 – 2012. Dr. Brown joined DeKalb School as Chief Human Capital Officer in January 2016 as part of Phase I of the School District’s Reorg.
Since December, Dr. Brown has been out for personal reasons.
In December 2015 the Board of Education approved “HYA” (Hazard, Young, Attea Executives Search Division) to assist the District in its search to fill positions including but not limited to those within the Superintendent’s proposed reorganization in a total amount not to exceed $150,000. HYA spent over $140,000 filling positions including:
Chief Legal Officer
Director of Charter Schools, School Governance, and Flexibility
Chief Human Capital Officer
Executive Director of Student Advancement
Chief Communications and Community Relations Officer
Chief Academic and Accountability Officer
Executive Director of Special Education
Lakeside High School Principal
Dr. Stephen Green
CEO & Superintendent, DeKalb County School District
Dr. Leo Brown, who served as Chief Human Capital Management Officer, will serve as Specialist II Compliance in the Facilities and Operations Division of the DeKalb County School District.
Mr. Everett Patrick, formerly the Director of Employment Services – Certification and Recruitment, has assumed the role of Interim Chief Human Capital Management Officer. He will serve in this capacity until a permanent replacement is hired.
A national search for a Chief Human Capital Management Officer will begin immediately. A permanent hire for Board of Education consideration is expected by July 2017, prior to the start of the 2018 school year in August.
“I want to thank the DeKalb County School District for the support I’ve received as I have faced some recent health challenges,” said Dr. Leo Brown. “I am committed to this organization; and, in my new role I will continue to support the vision and mission of the District.”
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.” — Frederick Douglass
“Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.”