Wanted: someone to lead Georgia’s third largest school district

Following in the footsteps of Atlanta Public Schools, the DeKalb County School District will initiate a superintendent search in late spring.

the Atlanta school board revealed last month that Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of the Austin Independent School District, was the lone contender to succeed Atlanta Superintendent Erroll Davis. Meanwhile, DeKalb’s superintendent, Michael Thurmond, has said he does not want to remain in his job after his contract expires in June 2015, which is prompting another search effort.

DeKalb school board Chairman Melvin Johnson said Tuesday that DeKalb will begin discussing a search for a replacement in June. He named three board members — Joyce Morley, John Coleman and Jim McMahan — to prepare for that discussion. Besides DeKalb, Cobb County will be searching for a superintendent, after the resignation of Michael Hinojosa.

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