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DeKalb County Superintendent Draft Contract

DeKalb County Superintendent Draft Contract

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The DeKalb County School System released on Aug. 19 the preliminary draft of Dr. Cheryl Atkinson’s employment contract. Atkinson, who has been named the final candidate for superintendent, is currently the superintendent of the Lorain City School System in Ohio. The DeKalb County School Board is planning to vote publicly to install Atkinson as superintendent on Aug. 29.
The DeKalb County School System released on Aug. 19 the preliminary draft of Dr. Cheryl Atkinson’s employment contract. Atkinson, who has been named the final candidate for superintendent, is currently the superintendent of the Lorain City School System in Ohio. The DeKalb County School Board is planning to vote publicly to install Atkinson as superintendent on Aug. 29.

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT (SUBJECT TO BOARD APPROVAL)EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT BETWEEN DR. CHERYL L. H. ATKINSONANDDEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR 2011 – 2014This Employment Contract (“Contract”) is made and entered into this _____ day of August, 2011 (“Effective Date”), by and between
DR. CHERYL L. H. ATKINSON
(“
SUPERINTENDENT
” or “
DR. ATKINSON
”) and the
DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OFEDUCATION
(“
BOARD
”), the governing body of the DeKalb County School District(“District”), a political subdivision of the State of Georgia (the
BOARD
and the
SUPERINTENDENT
may be referred to collectively in this Contract as the “
PARTIES
”).WHEREAS, the
BOARD
seeks to employ a Superintendent for DeKalb County SchoolDistrict; andWHEREAS,
DR. ATKINSON
seeks to be employed as Superintendent of DeKalbCounty School District; andWHEREAS,
DR. ATKINSON
has agreed to accept such employment pursuant to theterms of this Contract; andWHEREAS, the
BOARD
has caused this Contract to be approved at a public meeting inthe manner required by law; NOW, THEREFORE, in exchange for the mutual promises contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged,the
BOARD
and the
SUPERINTENDENT
hereby agree as follows:
1. TERM OF EMPLOYMENT
. The
BOARD
hereby employs the
SUPERINTENDENT
, and the
SUPERINTENDENT
hereby accepts employment with the
BOARD
, as Superintendent of Schools for the District, for a term of three (3) years,commencing on September 15, 2011, and ending on September 14, 2014 (“Initial Term”). The
BOARD
may, by specific action and with the consent of the
SUPERINTENDENT
, extend the
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above termination date of this Contract to the full extent permitted by state law. Any suchextension, which for purposes of this Contract or any amendment is defined as the “SubsequentTerm,” will be in writing and signed by the
BOARD
and the
SUPERINTENDENT
.
2. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.A. CERTIFICATION AND LEGAL REQUIREMENTS.
The
SUPERINTENDENT
shall hold and maintain a valid and appropriate certificate issued by theProfessional Standards Commission of the State of Georgia and shall otherwise meet all therequirements for a Superintendent as set forth in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-101
et. seq.
and in anyapplicable
BOARD
policy in existence on the Effective Date of this Contract, or adopted at anytime thereafter. In addition, the
SUPERINTENDENT
shall submit to a pre-employmentmedical examination by a licensed physician selected by the
BOARD
, which is consistent withthe requirements for such pre-employment medical exams under the Americans with DisabilitiesAct, 42 U.S.C. §12101,
et. seq.
, as amended (“ADA”). The results of the examination shall beshared with the
BOARD
in a narrative report from the examining physician certifying the
SUPERINTENDENT’s
ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position of Superintendent of Schools for the District. Any specific test results will not be released to the
BOARD
. To the extent
DR. ATKINSON
is found unable or unqualified to perform the dutiesand responsibilities of the position of Superintendent of Schools for the District as a result of the pre-employment medical exam, this Contract shall automatically be null and void, and neither the
BOARD
nor 
DR. ATKINSON
will have any obligations to the other party hereunder.
B. DUTIES.
The
SUPERINTENDENT
shall have charge of theadministration of the District under the direction of the
BOARD
. She shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the
BOARD
; shall direct the teachers and other employees of the
BOARD
;shall organize, reorganize and arrange the administrative and supervisory staff, including~ 2 ~Initials _____/_______ 
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instruction and business affairs as best serves the District, subject to the approval of the
BOARD
; shall select and assign all personnel, subject to the approval of the
BOARD
; shall fromtime to time suggest policies, rules, and procedures deemed necessary for the well ordering of the District; shall enforce the policies, rules, and regulations of the State Board of Education, theState School Superintendent, and the
BOARD
; and shall perform such other duties as may berequired by the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia or as prescribed by the
BOARD
from time to time. The
BOARD
, individually and collectively, shall promptly refer allcriticisms, complaints, and suggestions called to its attention to the
SUPERINTENDENT
for study and recommendation. As provided by O.C.G.A. § 20-2-109, Board Policy “CE,” and asset forth herein, this is an agreement for the performance of professional services by the
SUPERINTENDENT
, who shall not be assigned to any other position or have her dutiesreassigned to others without her consent, subject to the terms and conditions of this Contract.
C. BOARD MEETINGS AND COMMITTEES.
The
SUPERINTENDENT
shall have the right to attend all meetings of the
BOARD
(except anyexecutive session at which the
BOARD
either formulates the
SUPERINTENDENT’S
evaluation or discusses the
SUPERINTENDENT
as a personnel matter),
BOARD
committees,and citizen committees; shall serve as an ex-officio member of all
BOARD
committees; andshall have the right to provide administrative recommendations on each item of businessconsidered by each of these groups.
D. OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES
. The
SUPERINTENDENT
shall devote her attention and energy to the business of the District. The
SUPERINTENDENT
shall not render,directly or indirectly, services of a business, commercial or professional nature to any other  person or organization, whether for compensation or otherwise, without the prior written consentof the
BOARD
. The
SUPERINTENDENT
, however, may devote up to ten (10) working days~ 3 ~Initials _____/_______ 
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