By Bob Seidenberg
Dr. Devon Horton, District 65’s superintendent and a key figure in the district’s historic push to build a new school in Evanston’s Fifth Ward, was named today to lead Georgia’s third largest school district.
The DuKalb County Board of Education voted 6-1 Wednesday morning to hire Horton as that district’s new superintendent, multiple websites, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported earlier.
Joining District 65 in June 2020, Horton’s previous research focused on school leaders’impact on turnaround schools.
Horton issued a statement on the District 65 website following his appointment to the new job.
It is with mixed emotions that I formally share this news with our community. It has been my greatest honor and privilege to serve the students, staff, and families of Evanston and Skokie for the past three years.
District 65 is home to an incredibly talented, dedicated team of educators and staff, caring families, and a supportive and collaborative community. I believe we have laid a strong foundation and that the collective work will continue in support of our students.
I will serve as superintendent in District 65 through June 30, 2023 and am committed to working closely with our school board and district leadership team to support a smooth transition. A message will be forthcoming from Board President Sergio Hernandez on next steps within the coming day.
I am deeply grateful to all those who entrusted me to lead this extraordinary district and with the education of the children of this community. I know the future is bright for our lighthouse district with so many so deeply committed to the academic growth and emotional well-being of every child in this community.
Thank you for your support and partnership.