The search for a new DeKalb County Schools superintendent advanced last week as the school board narrowed the list of search firms to two.
The board will choose either Ray & Associates or the Georgia School Boards Association to help it select a replacement for former superintendent Crawford Lewis.
Ray & Associates, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has done school executive searches since 1975, according to the agency’s Web site. The firm has been “extremely successful in recruiting women, minorities and non-traditional candidates for school districts,” according to the site. All of the firm’s consultants have at least 15 years experience in the school executive search field.
The Georgia School Boards Association has assisted in 16 superintendent searches in the state since May 2009, including the Fayette County and Newton County systems. The GSBA presently is assisting in two searches.
Board member H. Paul Womack said he expects the search to continue into 2011.
“There are some on the board who think we can find [a superintendent] in the next couple of months but I think it’s going to be a job for the new board,” Womack said.
Five of the nine school board seats will be contested in next month’s election.
Lewis was fired in April in the face of corruption charges involving the school system’s building and construction department. He was indicted on racketeering and bribery charges, among others.
Ramona Tyson has been serving as the school system’s interim superintendent since the dismissal of Lewis.