Community engagement phase starts in November

The DeKalb County Board of Education is asking the community for its input as it begins the search for the district’s next superintendent. The board kicked off the search process on October 7, 2019, by meeting with BWP and Associates, a national search firm, which specializes in assisting boards that are seeking superintendents.

“Selecting a new superintendent is a significant process that requires that we exercise appropriate due diligence and honor the input and ideas from our community stakeholders,” Board Chair Dr. Michael A. Erwin said. “Participation from our parents, students, teachers, business and community partners is critical in helping us shape the leadership profile of what we are looking for in our next superintendent.”

During the community engagement phase, the board and BWP will gather input from the community that will be used to create a unique profile of what the community is looking for from its next school district leader.

Community members can give that input through community forums on November 6 and 7, and through an online survey that will launch on November 4 at

The Community Forums are scheduled for:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Region 1: Chamblee Charter High School, Auditorium
  • Region 2: Tucker High School, Auditorium
  • Region 3: Lithonia High School, Auditorium

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Region 4: Clarkston High School, Auditorium
  • Region 5: Miller Grove High School, Auditorium
  • Region 6/7: Cedar Grove High School, Cafeteria

Information received from the community engagement process will be presented to the board along with a draft profile of leadership characteristics for the next superintendent by BWP in December. A full timeline of the search process is available at the Superintendent Search webpage.

“We’re looking forward to these forums. DeKalb County School District has talented students from diverse backgrounds and a dedicated staff. The next leader should be familiar with the school district and its unique qualities, as well as continue to expand on current initiatives to improve student achievement,” Erwin said.