Decatur Schools names equity director, two other positions

City Schools Decatur announced three new hires this week: Dr. Lillie Huddleston as equity director, Daryl Campbell as executive director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Frances Marie Holt as director of Special Education.

Superintendent David Dude announced in February his restructuring of CSD’s administration. He eliminated the titles of nine current department heads and fashioned 10 “district leadership positions,” all of which have now been filled with the hiring of Huddleston and Campbell.

All three start work June 1.

A total 93 candidates applied for equity director, the only thoroughly new position in Dude’s restructuring. The job’s primary purpose is reducing disproportionality throughout CSD in academics, discipline and participation, while also providing professional learning for staff.

Huddleston is currently a clinical assistant professor of Health Promotion and Behavior in the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. She received a Ph.D. in school psychology from Georgia State University in 2012 and has spent many years as a music teacher and school psychologist.

Campbell has worked for CSD as a school designer for the system’s K-3 schools, and as a consultant or as a teacher at the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue. Holt is currently a special education coordinator for Atlanta Public Schools, spending many years before that as a special education teacher and compliance coordinator.