Superintendent finalist plans to set new course in 120 days

ajjohnson@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 12, 2013 

David Lewis, the “sole finalist” for the Muscogee County school superintendent position, plans to hit the ground running if he’s hired in two weeks for the job.

Lewis, an associate superintendent with the Polk County School District, submitted a 120-day plan to the Muscogee school board during his June 21 interview in Atlanta.

Click here to view Lewis' plan

The activities are designed “to enable the new Superintendent to initiate relationships with each respective school community, to establish relationships with district departments and work groups, as well as to rally and unite all stakeholders,” the document said.

On Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to declare Lewis the finalist for the superintendent position. State law requires that the board wait 14 days from the announcement before hiring him, and the board has scheduled the vote for July 23.

If hired, Lewis plans to “listen, learn and build upon the pride and momentum of the Muscogee County School District,” according to the document. In addition to meeting with school board members and district staff, components of the 120-Day plan include:

• Filling vacant senior district staff positions with “diverse, high-quality talent”

• Strengthening media relations through round table luncheons and regular editorial board meetings

• Establishing a district-wide student council with representative student leadership from each high school

• Creating schedules for semi-annual focus group and town hall meetings within the district

Lewis said he hasn’t officially resigned from his Polk County position, but would do so immediately once he is hired. He said the Polk County superintendent has already agreed to allow him to apply the 14-day waiting period to his two weeks notice, and he would start as soon as possible.

On Wednesday, he and his wife, Karen, spent the day looking for properties to rent short-term while they get the “lay of the land.” They flew back to Polk County on Thursday morning.

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