Williamson County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney may soon vacate his position and relocate to Atlanta.
Officials with the Fulton County School System said on their official website Wednesday that Looney is their top finalist for their open superintendent job.
Looney was in Atlanta Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after he oversaw a Williamson County Board meeting Tuesday night.
According to The Williamson Herald, decision day is only a few weeks away.
“Vying as the Fulton County School District’s top finalist, Looney could be soon exiting the position he’s held in WCS for just over 10 years if he chooses to officially accept the position May 2 at the competing district’s school board meeting,” the paper reported.
Williamson County School Board Chair Gary Anderson told The Herald he and his colleagues could soon hire an interim superintendent, if Looney takes the Atlanta job.
According to a statement on the Fulton County Schools’ website, board members have searched nationwide for a new superintendent since December.
“As prescribed by Georgia law, the school board must give a minimum of 14 days for public input on a finalist for the position of Superintendent,” the press release said.
“To ensure Dr. Looney has the opportunity to engage a broad cross section of individuals in Fulton County, the Board will host the candidate at a total of five meetings where the public may come, meet him, ask questions, and learn about his vision for the district.”
The press release went on to say “Dr. Looney’s qualifications line up directly with the key elements identified by the Board and confirmed in their recent community survey.”
The press release, however, did not elaborate on what those key elements are. The school district’s Facebook page also had news about school officials’ high interest in Looney.
The Georgia school system hosted a meet-and-greet for Dr. Looney, which they described as “Full house with engaged community members and Board of Education.”
As The Tennessee Star has reported for more than a month, Looney recently devised a series of Cultural Competency videos for teachers to watch that preached, among other things, “white privilege.”
The videos also said America has a dysfunctional history.
As reported, school board members said last month that news of this curriculum caught them off guard.
The Star has talked to various parents in the county who said they fear speaking out against the “white privilege” training, due to a possible backlash against them either personally or professionally.
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