DeKalb County Board of Education set to vote on superintendent

This screenshot shows a recent DeKalb County Board of Education meeting, held using zoom while Georgia was under a shelter-in-place order.

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This screenshot shows a recent DeKalb County Board of Education meeting, held using zoom while Georgia was under a shelter-in-place order.

The DeKalb County Board of Education has called a meeting Friday morning where members are expected to vote to officially hire Medgar Evers College President Rudy Crew as the next DeKalb County School District superintendent.

The meeting is set for 11 a.m., with one action item after the board enters into executive session to discuss personal and litigation matters, according to the agenda.

The announcement comes two weeks after the board voted 6-1 to approve Crew as the district's superintendent finalist, time mandated by Georgia law between when finalists are made public and when an offer is made. Board member Stan Jester voted against the measure, saying allegations that Crew had personal trips paid through taxpayer dollars, bullied subordinates and obstructed a rape investigation are cause for concern.

Crew, who has built a career on addressing equity issues in school districts including Miami-Dade County and New York City public schools, chalked up the allegations as battle wounds over a 40-plus-year career.

If affirmed Friday, Crew becomes DeKalb's sixth superintendent in 10 years, and inherits a district still reeling from allegations of financial mismanagement, with residents calling for a forensic audit and the district having recently lost its credit rating from Moody's Investors Service after having not completed a financial audit in 2018.