School board fires DeKalb County schools superintendent; working name – WSB-TV Channel 2

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The DeKalb County School Board has fired Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris. The decision came at a virtually convened meeting on Tuesday.

The shot was effective immediately. Council members voted to appoint Dr. Vasanne Tinsley as Acting Superintendent.

“We appreciate Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris for her service to the DeKalb County School District and wish her the best in her future endeavours,” said board chairwoman Vickie B. Turner. “The board has the utmost confidence in Dr. Tinsley as acting superintendent. The immediate departure of Ms. Watson-Harris will have no bearing on the search for the next superintendent. The board remains fully committed to an open and transparent process and supports DCSD students.


In a press release, the district did not explain why the board decided to fire Watson-Harris, but said it was confident Tinsley could step in without any issues.

“Tinsley brings a wealth of experience to DCSD, previously serving as assistant superintendent of student support and district intervention,” the district said.

Watson-Harris was named Superintendent of DeKalb Schools in June 2020.

Prior to being hired in DeKalb County, Watson-Harris served as First Vice Chancellor, Senior Director of Field Support and Brooklyn Executive Director for the New York City Department of Education.

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