DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- The leading candidate for the top job with
the DeKalb County school district has withdrawn from consideration.
School board chairman Tom Bowen told The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution that Lillie Cox told school officials Saturday
that she was no longer interested in the job. Cox was negotiating
with the board to become the next superintendent of the
97,000-student school district.
Bowen said Cox's decision was in part due to media coverage of
her contract negotiations. Cox is superintendent of the
4,440-student Hickory Public Schools in North Carolina.
DeKalb County in metro Atlanta is one of the state's largest
school districts. The district is trying to replace former
Superintendent Crawford Lewis, who was fired just before he was
indicted on charges he ran a criminal enterprise in the school