The City Schools of Decatur’s board of education announced this week it’s ending its contract with former Superintendent David Dude. The board recently placed Dude on administrative leave while investigating allegations of misusing school district funds and failing to properly report his time off.
“The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education and Dr. David Dude feel it is in the best interest of the school community and our stakeholders that we start anew as we begin our recovery from this terrible pandemic,” said Dude and the board in a joint statement. “We mutually agree to amicably part ways, and both parties are looking forward to the future.”
Dude also faced a lawsuit filed by a former district employee who accused him of asking for expense reimbursements without receipts in violation of district policy.
While Dude was on leave, the board appointed his assistant superintendent, Maggie Fehrman, as interim superintendent. Fehrman is now the sole finalist for the job. The board says it will vote on her candidacy during its May meeting. If approved, Fehrman will be offered a one-year contract.
“We are fortunate to have in Dr. Fehrman the leader City Schools of Decatur needs to ensure a continued focus on our students,” Board Chair Tasha White said in a news release. “We will not miss a beat as we finish this school year strong, focus this summer on remediation, and return to the classroom this fall with great confidence.”
The school district says Fehrman started her career in 2001, as a seventh-grade social studies teacher in Gwinnett County. She served as an assistant principal and then principal before joining the City Schools of Decatur in 2018.
“I am humbled and honored to serve the students, staff, and community of Decatur,” Fehrman said in a statement. “I look forward to engaging with all stakeholder groups to ensure that our classrooms are a place where all students love learning and are challenged to meet the highest levels of success.”