Marla Jones, Managing Editor
DEKALB COUNTY, Ala.-- In a special called meeting of the DeKalb County Board of Education, Wayne Lyles was named as the new Superintendent of Education, in a 3-2 vote.
Board members Monty Darwin, Carol Hiett, and Robert Elliott voted for Lyles with Randy Peppers and Chris Andrews voting no.
Lyles has over 19 years of experience in administration, serving as the Principal of Fyffe and Ider, and as Assistant Principal at Wills Valley.
“I am blessed and honored that the DeKalb County Board of Education has the confidence to appoint me as the Superintendent of DeKalb County Schools. This is a very unique situation for our school system and I am grateful to be entrusted with this opportunity. I look forward to cooperatively working with the school board and staff of DeKalb County Schools. Working together, we can continue the progress that our system has made over the past few years under Dr. Barnett’s leadership” stated Lyles.
“I have served as a member of the district's strategic planning team, which provided me with knowledge and insight into the system's goals and challenges. I believe my 19 years of school administration experience has prepared me well for this next step in my career. I look forward to serving the students, parents, teachers, support staff, and community stakeholders of DeKalb County as the Superintendent. It will be a priority for me to spend time in each of the communities in order to build relationships and learn more about the individual needs of each school” concluded Lyles.