According to the Sun-Times, "The FBI is investigating the awarding of the contract, and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett — who once worked for SUPES — has taken a paid leave of absence after the existence of the federal corruption probe became public recently."
ProAct Search received 112 applications for Thurmond's job, and the DeKalb school board is interviewing top contenders. However, DeKalb dumped ProAct and sent out a short public statement this afternoon.
The Board is also aware of some disturbing allegations that have come to light regarding the CEO and owner of ProAct, the search firm hired by the Board to assist with its Superintendent search. While these are allegations only, the DeKalb County Board of Education is committed to ensuring that the individuals representing us reflect our values and those of our community. To that end, the Board has elected to end its relationship with ProAct and continue the search independently.
On Sunday, the Fayette County, Ky., school board also fired ProAct. When I noted all the districts across the country using ProAct's services, I thought it may be time for some ambitious educators to create their own search firm that has less baggage.