“The board believes we have a great leader for the future,” Board chair Marshall Orson said, adding that Crew and Tyson have started conversations to begin the leadership transition.
Not every board member praised Crew during the meeting. Board member Stan Jester said he had concerns that the district could lose progress made under Tyson in the last six months, and questioned Crew’s history, which include allegations of questionable spending and obstructing a sexual assault investigation when he led New York City schools. Board member Michael Erwin did not speak on Crew during the meeting.
“I understand history can be our teacher if we allow it, but I hope we can look forward to the future,” Board vice chairwoman Vickie B. Turner said. “You can’t live in this life and not have experienced some challenges and some negative things. It’s a part of life. But I believe it's a new day upon us and I believe it is incumbent upon us to come together not just as a district but as a community and take us to the next level.”
Orson, in announcing Crew, said the board took into account data collected from the approximately 1,900 community members who shared input with the district throughout the search process.
“Our overriding goal was to make this an open and transparent process,” he said.
It was anything but. While the district sought public feedback, it engaged in a confidential process — allowed by Georgia Law — and only publicly disclosed the number of candidates that applied as the search progressed.