Dekalb Schools spends $100K to find workers already in place

DeKalb County Schools nearly $100,000 for a search firm to fill six administrative positions, but the eventual job winners were mostly handpicked and put in position before the search was over, including three from Superintendent Steve Green's previous district.

The move has raised the question for one board member about the necessity of spending the money to find people the superintendent had already selected.

Joyce Morley, a member of the DeKalb school board, said she’s felt from the beginning that a search firm would be paid for little or no work as she watched while selections were made.

“I always had the concern that we’re spending this kind of money, and you brought your own people in anyway. Why did you do the search? We need to be looking at how we’re spending the money.”

Green was out of town Monday and unavailable for comment. Schools are closed for spring break. He said Friday in a release announcing the finalization of the hires that he was confident in the selections and did his due diligence to improve central office staff.

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