Apr 18, 2024 - News

DeKalb school board approves settlement with former superintendent

Former DeKalb Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris

Former DeKalb County School District superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris. Photo: DeKalb County School District

DeKalb County Board of Education members approved a settlement agreement with former superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris over her controversial firing in 2022.

The latest: The settlement, which was approved Monday, was based on the terms of her original contract, said school district spokesperson Donald Porter.

  • The district will pay Watson-Harris over $300,000, as well as $16,000 in attorney fees.

Board members voted 6-1 to approve the settlement. Joyce Morley voted against it.

Catch up quick: Watson-Harris was abruptly fired from her position in April 2022 amid controversy over how the district and school board responded to deteriorating conditions at Druid Hills High School.

  • She previously told Axios she was "blindsided" by the board's decision.
  • The board named Vasanne Tinsley as the interim superintendent. Devon Horton was hired as the permanent replacement last year.
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