The DeKalb County School Board voted to move several employees into consolidated central office positions but decided to freeze their pay raises, pending a review later this year.
Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson asked the board to promote three department directors to executive directors of their departments, which would give them increased responsibilities in the newly structured positions.
The board voted to appoint Sherry Everette, former director of the curriculum and instruction division, to executive director of her department; and Dan Drake, the former director of forecasting and planning in the operations division, to the executive director of transportation and planning of operations. Joyce Wimberly, formerly the director of school nutrition, will become the executive director of school nutrition; and former facilities, planning and construction director Joshua Williams will serve as the executive director of facilities management.
In late 2011, the district approved a plan to streamline and restructure the central office, which is expected approximately $5 million. In the process, also district officials expects to lay off 70 central office employees.
Board members didn’t oppose the promotions but several, such as Nancy Jester, voiced opposition to any promotion that included a pay raise and suggested the board focus on “the schoolhouse” instead.
“I’m not inclined to approve a move internally that comes with a pay raise,” Jester said.
However, board members approved the promotions after member Paul Womack made a compromise and suggested that they approve the promotions but freeze their pay at the director level pending further review by the end of September.
Additionally, the board approved the hiring of a new public relations firm beginning Aug. 1 and continuing through Dec. 31, at a cost of $96,000. Dickerson Communications will manage internal and external communications for the district.
The board also hired Cynthia Bricston as a regional superintendent. Bricston currently serves as an assistant superintendent in the Greene County School District in Greensboro, Ga.