Q&A on the News

Sylvester Williams, Mableton

A: The Baltimore Ravens, among other teams, elect weekly captains, meaning no player wears the patch that designates season-long team captains, according to The Washington Post and the Dallas Morning News. In 2007, the first season that the NFL had season-long team captains wear the patches, there were six teams that elected weekly captains. In 2008, there were four teams. This past season, eight teams went to weekly captains: Atlanta, Baltimore, Green Bay, Jacksonville, the New York Jets, Oakland, Philadelphia and St. Louis, according to the Dallas paper.

Q: With the DeKalb school superintendent’s pay raise in the news, what exactly does a superintendent do that commands such a high salary?

Anthony Lewis, Atlanta

A: Crawford Lewis’ contract states that the superintendent shall have charge of the administration of the school district under the direction of the DeKalb County School Board. He is responsible for directing teachers and other employees; organizing, reorganizing and arranging the administrative and supervisory staff; and selecting and assigning all personnel, all subject to the board’s approval. From “from time to time” he can suggest policies, rules and procedures, and he is responsible for enforcing the policies, rules and regulations of the state Board of Education, the state school superintendent and the board. The superintendent also should study and make recommendations about criticisms, complaints and suggestions called to the board’s attention, the contract says.

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