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New DeKalb superintendent releases plan of action
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New DeKalb superintendent releases plan of action

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- At a district-wide meet and greet in late August, then-incoming superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson told parents she wanted to hit the ground running - promising better communication and a thorough district-wide review.

In her first day on the job, she took steps toward fulfilling both of those promises.

Dr. Atkinson released a 90-day plan detailing steps to audit the district's leadership, departments and programs.

READ: Dr. Atkinson's complete 90-day plan

She also visited six schools, touring the building and meeting with each principal. Her goal is to visit each school in the district.

Dr. Atkinson inherits a district under review by SACS. She comes on the heels of former superintendent Crawford Lewis, who was indicted on racketeering charges.

"It's a new day in DeKalb, that's my word," she told reporters outside Clifton Elementary School Thursday morning.

"We're going to focus on student success. We certainly understand there are issues that have to be addressed, but we're going to focus on making sure that we align our resources, our time and our energy on students being successful."

The plan will be implemented in three phases. Phase one includes an audit of personnel, to be completed by September 14. In phase two, the district will audit its programs and departments.

Finally, Dr. Atkinson plans to develop an "Excellence for Education" plan, a detailed way forward based on the first two phases. She hopes to release that plan by January 24.

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