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DeKalb Schools superintendent's last day is Friday

8:32 AM, Feb 8, 2013   |    comments
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DECATUR, Ga. -- The DeKalb School Board and superintendent plan to part ways Friday.

In a statement released Thursday evening, the board said:

The DeKalb County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson have mutually agreed to end their relationship effective Friday, February 8, 2013. The Board and Dr. Atkinson each determined and believe that it is in the best interest of all concerned that there be a mutual separation and they wish each other well in all their future endeavors.

Read the separation agreement here.

According to an agenda sent out Thursday following a special called meeting, board members plan to meet Friday in executive session and then vote on a separation agreement with Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson.

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Immediately after that they plan on voting to approve an employment agreement with an interim superintendent.

The meeting is set for 4 p.m. Friday.

Atkinson was on bereavement leave, following the death of her father.

Several candidates have been interviewed for the interim post, including former State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurman.

The board met Wednesday, and despite orders from SACS and the state school board to work together, it took members more than an hour to vote for a new chairperson.

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