Culver resigns, withdraws candidacy for Georgia job
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign school Superintendent Arthur Culver has resigned from his job, and he has also withdrawn his name from consideration for the superintendent job of the DeKalb County School System in metropolitan Atlanta, The News-Gazette has learned.
Culver submitted his resignation to the school board, saying he wants to pursue other opportunities and that he wants the district to be able to begin the search for a new superintendent immediately. His resignation is effective June 30.
The Champaign school board met in closed session for 45 minutes Monday night, to discuss several matters, including personnel. When the board reconvened in open session, it approved a personnel agreement with an unspecified employee.
Board President Dave Tomlinson would not comment on the agreement, saying he would hold a press conference this afternoon to discuss it.
But Culver confirmed he has tendered his resignation and withdrawn from consideration for the DeKalb County superintendent position.
“With everything that has occurred in the last several days, I felt it was in my best interest to withdraw,” Culver said of the Georgia job Monday night.
The two other finalists for the DeKalb County job, Decatur Superintendent Gloria Davis and Hickory, N.C., Superintendent Lillie Cox, have both also withdrawn from consideration.
The DeKalb County school district was in negotiations with Cox until this past weekend when she withdrew, citing exposure of the details of the negotiations as one of the reasons, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
According to the Atlanta paper, the DeKalb County interim superintendent, Ramona Tyson, may now be considered for the job.
Culver has been superintendent in Champaign since 2002, and he has three years remaining on his employment contract with the district.
Culver has said he’s ready to move on, and that he’s discussed that issue with the Champaign school board. He said the publicity from the DeKalb search made those plans public.
“I’ve accomplished what I came here to do. It’s really time for me to turn this district over to a new leader,” he said last week.