Follow-up regarding Green resignation mimics announcement

After DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Superintendent R. Stephen Green announced May 24 that he would not extend his current contract beyond the 2019-2020 school year, The Champion Newspaper requested a follow-up interview but instead received little information outside of the original announcement.

The Champion Newspaper requested a phone interview with Green May 24, however, due to Green’s end-of-the-school year, graduation duties and limited availability The Champion sent 15 questions via email to Green. Of the 15 questions submitted, responses for nine were received from DCSD communications May 29. The questions and answers are as follow:

1. Do you have any other details about your departure?

“After much thoughtful consideration and reflection with my family, I’ve decided not to seek a contract extension past my current term, which will end on June 30, 2020.”

2. What are your plans after you leave DCSD in 2020?

“I am proud to serve alongside our amazing teachers and staff who are dedicated to our mission of ensuring student success and plan to continue to do so throughout next school year. Then I’ll focus on the next chapter of my career. Until that time, I will remain committed to ensuring our students have opportunities for college, a career, or the military.”

3. You will be assisting in the transitional process with the new superintendent. What does DCSD need in a superintendent?

“The DeKalb County School Board will lead a national search process which is set to begin next month. More information on the search for a new superintendent will be shared in the coming months as the process gets underway.”

4. What are your biggest accomplishments since becoming DCSD superintendent?

“It’s important to note that our district has seen great academic growth while I’ve served as superintendent, but the credit for these accomplishments is shared with our larger DeKalb County School District community─students and their families, teachers and staff, our board members and community partners.

Working together, we regained full accreditation and received a five-year renewal in 2017 from AdvancED. We decentralized the district office to place more emphasis on support services in the field for students and their families, which has led the way for significant academic growth and achievement. DCSD’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores continue to climb each year as well as student progress on the Georgia Milestones End of Course and End of Grade tests. Our graduation rates have increased as well as student participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. Our career and technical education efforts have expanded.

We’ll continue to focus on ensuring student success leading to higher education, work and lifelong learning.”

5. Are there specific situations that you wish you would have handled differently? Do you have any regrets?

“While DCSD has seen great academic growth during the past four years, there is always more to accomplish. I am excited to see what the future holds for our district and our students─both have limitless potential.”

6. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission is investigating you. Can you tell me exactly what is being investigated and if the investigation in any way played a part in you not extending your contract?

“No. There is no pending complaint, contention or claim that I personally engaged in any individual wrongdoing. I am only involved because of my official role as superintendent as I am not involved in the decision-making processes regarding which terminations to report to the PSC. DCSD is working with the PSC to ensure they have a full opportunity to review the terminations of certificated personnel.”

7. How do you feel about the DCSD students and staff? How do you think they feel about the district?

“I am proud to serve alongside our amazing teachers and staff who are dedicated to our mission of ensuring student success and plan to continue to do so throughout next school year.”

8. How do you feel about the DCSD parents and stakeholders? How do you think they feel about the district?

“I am dedicated to fulfilling my commitment to our DeKalb County School District community and will continue to do so through next school year.”

9. What will you miss about DCSD? Any parting words?

“The DeKalb County Schools community is truly inspirational. We have amazing teachers and staff who are dedicated to our mission of ensuring student success and who work hard every day to make it a reality.

Together, over the last four years, we’ve seen our graduation rates and our College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score increase more than ever before. Also, the number of students in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs has significantly increased. Our expanding career and technical education efforts have also been strengthened. I hope the bold decision the Board made to invest in our Family Impact Hub and our Early Learning Center, the only center of its kind in the state, is a legacy that will last and pay dividends for generations.”

The announcement emailed to press May 24 stated:

“DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Superintendent/ CEO Dr. R. Stephen Green intends to continue serving in his current role through June 30, 2020, but will not seek to extend his contract. A national search for DCSD’s future superintendent will begin next month, and Dr. Green will remain to help transition the role… Dr. Green advised the DeKalb County Board of Education of his decision last week, attributing his departure to personal reasons after thoughtful consideration with his family… ‘The DeKalb County Schools community is truly inspirational. I am proud to have the opportunity to help lead our students to achieve educational excellence alongside our exceptional teachers and staff,’ said Dr. Green. ‘I’m excited to see what the future holds for our District and our students─both have limitless potential.’…During Dr. Green’s tenure, DCSD regained full accreditation and received a five-year renewal in 2017 from AdvancED. His vision to decentralize the District office to place more emphasis on support services in the field for students and their families has led the way for significant academic growth and achievement. DCSD’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores continue to climb each year as well as student progress on the Georgia Milestones End of Course and End of Grade tests.”

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