Friday, February 26, 2010

DeKalb Superintendent Takes Leave

Below is one of the stories making headlines in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on local news (click on photo to watch report). I have no idea if Dr. Crawford Lewis did anything wrong, but his behavior of late - his suspicious gas card charges - leaves me wondering.

By Megan Matteucci and Tim Eberly
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hours after investigators searched his house and office, DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis asked for a temporary leave.

The DeKalb school board voted Thursday night to accept Lewis' hiatus from the district. The board also appointed an interim superintendent while the district attorney completes its investigation into possible wrongdoing involving multi-million dollar school construction projects. “He has made the offer because, as always, he is putting the best interest of the district and students above his personal interest,” board chairman Tom Bowen said.
Lewis, a DeKalb schools employee for 33 years, didn't attend the meeting or return phone calls.
The board's vote came after investigators with the DeKalb district attorney’s office spent 5-1/2 hours searching Lewis’ Stone Mountain home, seizing three computer hard drives and six boxes.
District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming would not say what investigators were looking for, but confirmed that prosecutors executed search warrants at Lewis’ home and three school buildings as part of the investigation into the district’s construction program.
“This is all part of an ongoing investigation which was started at the request of the school system’s administration. After reviewing the information we gathered today, we anticipate bringing this matter to an appropriate conclusion,” Fleming said in a statement.

(for the full story click HERE)

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