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DeKalb Superintendent Gets $73,000 Raise

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- The DeKalb County School Board voted 6-3 Tuesday to give Interim DeKalb County School Superintendent Ramona Tyson a $73,000 raise.

She had been working at her old Deputy Superintendent's salary of $165,000 since taking over for Superintendent Crawford Lewis last February. He was suspended, then fired after being charged with corruption.

Lewis' salary was $255,000 when he left. Tyson's new salary will be $238,000.

When the school board initially announced the terms of Tyson's new contract in December, some parents were outraged that the school system would even think of such a move when it's $50 million in the red. Public hearings were held before the school board's final vote Tuesday.

School Board Chairman Tom Bowen and other board members said  Tyson deserves the full salary for doing the job much longer than anyone expected. Her temporary position was only supposed to last six weeks. Her new contract will run through July 2012, when a permanent superintendent is expected to be in place.