DeKalb Schools’ HR chief's new job pays $64k, but he’ll still make $175k

DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green (left) worked with Leo Brown (right) worked at Kansas City Public Schools.

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DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green (left) worked with Leo Brown (right) worked at Kansas City Public Schools.

The former DeKalb County Schools human resources chief will continue to collect his $175,000 salary despite being reassigned to a position where the average salary is less than 40 percent of what he makes.

Leo Brown is under contract with the school district until June 30. Because of that, his salary won’t be affected by the personnel change.

Brown has not been seen at DeKalb County School District administrative offices since December. Sunday, DeKalb County Board of Education member Stan Jester reported on his blog that Brown was reassigned to "Specialist II Compliance," an open district position.

From the job description: “Under general supervision, ensures that the functions of the Operations Division (Design and Construction Department and Plant Services/Facilities) are in compliance with all applicable laws and Board of Education Policies; supports COO and Department Directors to foster excellent service to stakeholders; oversees the contract drafting process for all construction contracts issued by DCSD; and addresses contract administration issues throughout project life cycles.”

According to the job posting on the DeKalb County School District's website, there since June 16, 2015, salary for the job ranges between $57,977.83 and $63,459.49.

Superintendent Steve Green brought Brown to the district in January 2016 as his interim human capital management chief, to head the renamed human resources department. The pair had previously worked together at Kansas City Public Schools.

Brown thanked the district in a release Tuesday where he mentioned dealing with "health challenges."

District officials won’t say what work Brown’s done in his absence or whether he’ll be made to report to the district office for his new position. Brown is ineligible for paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act because he worked for the district less than 12 months before he took leave from his position.

The district has not responded to several requests for information or interviews related to Brown's employment, although the state's open records law says records should be made available "without delay."