Nine principals failed to meet requirements, will be replaced

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 08:03:31 AM. Nine DeKalb County elementary schools will receive new principals after current leaders failed to meet school requirements.

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Nine DeKalb County elementary schools will soon have new principals after their current leaders failed to meet school requirements.

Channel 2’s Sophia Choi spoke with DeKalb County superintendent Dr. Stephen Green, who said the reassignments are about student achievement.

The Oak View principal and others affected got notices last week, and Green said they knew they were coming.

“Every month, I’ve made it clear to the leadership that there will be intervention, internal intervention on our part,” Green said.

The DeKalb County School District used five indicators to decide which principals had to go, including a score of less than 60 on the college and career-ready performance index.

“It’s longevity, it’s looking at the growth and progress, it's looking at the college and career-ready performance index, but not only that by itself,” Green said.

Green said officials also took a hard look at how students fared, compared to those in similar classrooms.

Nine schools -- Dresden, Rock Chapel, Panola Way, Oak View, International School Center, Shadow Rock, Stoneview, Flat Rock and Snapfinger -- will get new principals next year.

Oakview parent Brittany Murphy said it’s the first she’s hearing about it, and many other parents were alerted by a letter from the district.

“Well, I guess if they feel like we need change, then we’ll try to go along with it, but I hope it’s for the better and not the worse,” said Murphy.

“I’m very upset that he’s being removed from here," parent Seymour Lewis said of principal Rodney Mallory. "It’s a mistake to remove the principal at Oak View Elementary."

Lewis advocated for Mallory not to be removed, claiming that it would hurt the children who attend Oak View because he’s very good with the students there.

“It’s for the betterment of kids, and this was one way to prove to the governor that this district doesn’t need intervention. It’s making changes to improve student achievement,” Green said. “We live in a world of accountability and expectations, and now we’re setting an expectation.

The fired principals can reapply for a position within the district, but not as a principal.

“I will defend progress. If you’re making progress, I will go to the highest level to defend progress, but if not, then (we've) got to be honest about that,” Green said.

He said that those who got to keep their jobs should know that he intends to make the evaluation a yearly thing.

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