After announcing the finalist, the board passed a motion to interview Pringle a second time before officially selecting her. The board must wait 14 days before making a final decision, beginning today.
If selected, Pringle will help manage 61 schools, oversee a budget of
$243 million and guide the instructional aspects of the school system.
Pringle has been Region 2 superintendent of the DeKalb County school district for the past four years and has worked for it since 2007, according to her application, managing a $7.7 million budget and overseeing 1,927 employees. Pringle said her salary was $119,000.
Pringle has worked in education since 1985. Before being selected as superintendent in DeKalb County, she opened and was the principal of Arabia Mountain
High School. She also was principal of Stephenson High School, which she said had 2,300 students and more than 130 administrators.
She also worked in the Gwinnett County school system, becoming principal of Meadowcreek High School and Norcross Elementary School before acting as the school system’s human resource director.
She also worked as a math teacher and principal in the Danville public school system in Virginia.
In an education philosophy portion of her application, Pringle wrote that she believed a school system can be successful only if it incorporates the “uniqueness” of each individual it serves, and works to find and keep skilled employees.
“I believe that every student is a unique individual who deserves access to a secure, caring and engaging learning environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially,” Pringle said in her essay.
In 2013, the DeKalb County school district’s chief operating officer, Pat Reid, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for racketeering and theft for manipulating school construction contracts. Former Superintendent Crawford Lewis is still embroiled in legal action surrounding his alleged involvement with Reid.