Cheryl L. H. Atkinson

The DeKalb County school board has hired Cheryl L. H. Atkinson to serve as the school district’s superintendent.

She begins work Sept. 15.

Atkinson won support from six of the board’s nine members, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Atkinson is superintendent of the Lorain, Ohio, school district. She has worked in districts in Kansas City, Charlotte and Charleston, S.C.

“Dr. Atkinson is a highly respected and experienced educational leader with a proven record of

lifting academic achievement. We are excited about our choice for superintendent and look

forward to her developing and implementing a solid plan to improve student success in DeKalb

County Schools,” DeKalb school board chairman Thomas Bowen said in a press release. “The board is pleased to have her serve the children of our district.”

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.