Mrs. Ramona Tyson was appointed interim superintendent of DeKalb County School District on November 11, 2019. The DeKalb Board of Education voted on April 15, 2020 to change her title to Superintendent of DeKalb County School District, as an affirmation of her commitment and dedication while leading the district through the COVID-19 pandemic. Mrs. Tyson plans to retire on June 30, 2020.
From February 2010-September 2011, Ms. Tyson demonstrated her commitment to the students, educators, administrators, and staff of the DeKalb County School District as she confidently navigated some of the most challenging issues the school district has faced. Ms. Tyson’s strong leadership successfully guided the district through the CRCT Erasure Analysis Investigation, SACS Accreditation Investigation, Budget Deficits (FY2010/FY2011), and various School Closures & Consolidations—positioning the incoming superintendent for a productive tenure.
Still, Ms. Tyson continued to be an effective day-to-day leader who helped the District minimize the disruption associated with the transition. In addition to steering the District during several trials, she continued to fulfill her duties as the chief executive officer of the Board, supervising the District’s operations, preparing and submitting to the Board the District’s $1.1 billion budget, recommending to the Board actions regarding improvement and/or expansion of school facilities, sites, equipment, and transportation services, and representing and advocating for the Board in critical stakeholder relationships.
During her time as chief administrator, Ms. Tyson faithfully managed the development of the yearly budget, served as a thought partner and strategist on complex issues facing the Board, individual board members, or the system as a whole, and collaborated closely with the Office of the Superintendent. She also cultivated strategic relationships across the local, state, and national landscape, building a diverse cohort of engaged partners committed to accomplishing the DeKalb County School District’s mission and vision.
As Chief of Staff to the superintendent, Ms. Tyson gained nuanced insight into the superintendent role, helping to manage communications, directing daily operations of the Office of the Superintendent, ensuring compliance with board policies and regulations, and local, state, and federal laws and regulations. She also participated in strategic planning, policy development and problem resolution of complex issues and needs, serving as a trusted counselor to the superintendent on myriad complex and sensitive issues.
Ms. Tyson’s contributions to the District and the community, have been recognized through several prestigious awards, including:
Sirius Award for Public Service & Leadership, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
Atlanta’s Top Leaders in Education, Education Who’s Who, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Women of Excellence Award, Outstanding Service in Public Education, SIP Inc.
NAACP Education Award, DeKalb County Branch NAACP
2011 Torch Award for Public Service & Education, Delta Sigma Theta Inc, Atlanta Alumnae
Georgia PTA Resolution, Honorary Life Member
DeKalb BOE Resolution, DeKalb County School System
Before serving the District in an administrative capacity, Ms. Tyson was a classroom teacher in business education at the high school level, instructing them on various business-related subjects.
She received her Master of Education in Administrative Systems & Business from The University of West Georgia in 1995 in Carrollton, Georgia, and her Bachelor of Business Science in Business Education from the University of Georgia in 1987 in Athens, Georgia.
Ms. Tyson has spent the last 32 years DeKalb County resident and is married with two children in DeKalb schools.