DeKalb County school board ends meeting without new superintendent

This screenshot shows the new normal for the DeKalb County Board of Education meetings, with school board members and other DeKalb County School District department leaders having their monthly meeting through the Zoom video conferencing application.
This screenshot shows the new normal for the DeKalb County Board of Education meetings, with school board members and other DeKalb County School District department leaders having their monthly meeting through the Zoom video conferencing application.

The DeKalb County Board of Education ended its meeting Friday without a new superintendent, a surprising twist after two weeks of members signifying support for finalist Rudy Crew, despite public outcry over his selection.

The school board spent several hours in a closed session where they were expected to discuss their official offer before voting.

Instead, a spokesman said the meeting ended with no public announcement, in direct violation of the Open Meetings Act.

“The board met for several hours earlier today,” read a statement sent to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Friday afternoon. “While we cannot comment on confidential details discussed in executive session, we can confirm that the board has not voted on the superintendent candidate at this time.”

Residents and advocacy groups have asked the school board to reconsider reopening its search process amid allegations Crew previously took personal trips on taxpayer funds, clashed with previous bosses and obstructed a rape investigation involving a 14-year-old girl. 

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