Douglas to take Decatur job


Dr. Michael Douglas answers questions from members of the Decatur Board of Education.

Dr. Michael Douglas answers questions from members of the Decatur Board of Education.

The Decatur City Board of Education voted 4 to 1 Monday to offer their superintendent job to Oneonta’s Dr. Michael Douglas. Douglas was hired as Oneonta’s superintendent in the summer of 2014.

The action by the Decatur board came after interviews with five candidates last week, with Douglas and Elba Superintendent Chresal Threadgill being named finalists for the position.

Those two were interviewed over the phone by the board on Friday and Threadgill later withdrew from consideration Friday evening.

Douglas, who made an annual salary of $121,000 as the superintendent of the Oneonta system, stands to receive as much as $200,000 per year at Decatur.

“It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as Oneonta’s superintendent,” said Douglas.

“It is with mixed feelings that I will be leaving Oneonta to become Decatur City Schools superintendent. I would like to thank the Oneonta City School Board of Education, faculty and staff, students, parents and community members for allowing me to serve as OCS superintendent. My family and I are thankful for this wonderful community.” What’s next for Oneonta?

The Oneonta City Board of Education has a meeting set for this – this meeting was already on the schedule before the issue of Douglas leaving came up.

The board did release the following statement:

“We appreciate the leadership and direction Dr. Douglas has provided to the Oneonta City School System. He has been instrumental in promoting dynamic initiatives and fostering a culture that supby ports our commitment to excellence. An underlying factor to our success has been our relationship based on mutual respect and understanding.

We wish Dr. Douglas and his family the best as they move into this next chapter of their lives.

It is important that our stakeholders remember that the Oneonta City School System is a great school system built on a solid foundation. We will continue to be one of the premier school systems in Alabama because of the dedication and commitment of our administration, faculty, staff, parents, students and community.

As a board, we are committed to our mission and vision and ensuring we have the leadership in place to build on the success of the Oneonta City School System.”