Shoutout to the superintendent

DeKalb County School District has seen six superintendents come and go since 2015, but—just six months since being hired—it’s clear that DeKalb Schools Superintendent Devon Horton is putting in the early legwork necessary to give the district much-needed stability.

I’m not predicting Horton’s future or the district’s future, but the dedication that Horton continues to display is certainly something the district, its students, and parents deserve.

I cover sporting events weekly for The Champion, and I’ve already seen Horton at more athletic events than I had seen any other superintendent attend. Most recently, he was on the sideline for Cedar Grove High School’s state championship win over Savannah Christian for the entire game, witnessed the Saints in the playoffs, and also was courtside to see Columbia High School dedicate its basketball court to boys’ basketball head coach Phil McCrary.

Horton’s sports attendance is just a small piece of the pie, but his 90-day progress report suggests that he is even more diligent with in-class observations.

In his first 90-day report, Horton stated he visited  40 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, 22 high schools, 13 athletic events, three advisory council meetings, 20 meetings with government leaders, 40 meetings with community members, more than 40 meetings with educational stakeholders, 16 meetings with faith leaders, nearly 50 meetings with principals, held three speaking engagement sessions, a principal communication committee meeting, published three surveys, and hosted three MIRACLES Framework workshops, among other meetings –in addition to his recent visits to Columbia High School and Mercedes-Benz Stadium—where Cedar Grove won its fifth state title since 2016.

I’m not in the classrooms or schools that Horton goes to, so I can’t report on what those visitations are like, but I can tell that Horton takes a serious interest in DeKalb’s student-athletes and coaches based on his attendance – and that is refreshing to see.

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  • December 21, 2023 at 1:20 pm
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    Is this satire?

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