The DeKalb County Board of Education is in talks with Superintendent Crawford Lewis about a separation agreement, board member Jay Cunningham said.
Lewis stepped down temporarily last month amid police searches of his home and office, and a looming $115 million budget deficit in connection with a long-term investigation into school construction projects. Ramona Tyson, deputy chief superintendent of business operations, stepped up to replace Lewis.
Cunningham declined to speak in more detail April 2, merely confirming published comments that board Chair Thomas Bowen made that day. The discussions have occurred in a number of closed-door executive session meetings the board has held since the announcement on Feb. 25 that Lewis would step down, board members said.
Lewis’ attorney, Mike Brown, declined comment.
Lewis has retained his $255,000 salary while on leave through a contract he signed with the board earlier this year that expires in 2013. When his resignation was announced Bowen told reporters Lewis could return after the construction investigation finished or when the board felt it appropriate to invite him back.