Education

DeKalb Superintendent Finalist Expected To Get Contract

The DeKalb school board is expected to offer Dr. Stephen Green of Kansas City a contract to serve as the district's superintendent.
The DeKalb school board is expected to offer Dr. Stephen Green of Kansas City a contract to serve as the district's superintendent.
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The DeKalb County school system is expected to officially name a new superintendent Thursday. The school board will vote on whether to offer a contract to Stephen Green, who currently leads the Kansas City schools.

It was clear two weeks ago Green would be offered the job. But legally, the board had to wait until Thursday to vote on a contract.

During a visit to DeKalb last week, Green said he’d be a hands-on leader.

“[I expect] to be out and about in the community, visible and available to so that we can have open and honest dialogue,” he said. “Doesn’t mean I’ll be able to do everything that I’m asked, but it also means I’m willing to hear everything and try to factor it in and try to put it on a timetable to move forward.”

  Green said he applied for the job to be closer to his children and grandchildren, who live in Atlanta.

He’s expected to start July 1. Outgoing Superintendent Michael Thurmond has said he’ll stay on to help in the transition.