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DeKalb County school board appoints new superintendent

Cheryl Watson-Harris will assume the position July 1.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The search for the next DeKalb County Schools superintendent is over. 

On Thursday, the DeKalb County Board of Education voted 6-1 to appoint Cheryl Watson-Harris to the position, and approved a three-year contract. It includes a base salary of $325,000.

Watson-Harris comes to the DeKalb County School District from the New York City Department of Education, where she worked in that district's number two position.  

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DeKalb School Board Chair Marshall Orson said they were "excited and proud" to officially welcome Watson-Harris.

"Her experience as both an innovator at the New York City Department of Education and a passionate champion for children is precisely what we need to continue positioning our students for success," Orson said.

Watson-Harris will begin the position July 1.

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