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GCPS makes organizational changes for summer

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools is undergoing some restructuring this summer.

Faced with vacancies in some key leadership positions, Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks decided to make some organizational changes to increase the district's efficiency, spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

The details of the changes have not been finalized, but Roach said the Division of Academic Support, which oversees areas such as security and discipline, is being collapsed into the Division of Teaching and Learning, which includes curriculum and instruction and academic achievement. Associate Superintendent Bobby Crowson will be in charge of this division.

The district is also expanding the number of area superintendents from three to five. This decision was made to provide better support to a growing number of schools, as area superintendents oversee school management, Roach said.

Delores Hendrix will maintain her role as an area superintendent, but Dale Robbins is moving to another position in the school district. Linda Anderson is leaving to work for another school system.

Principals have been appointed to two of the four remaining area superintendent positions. Steve Flynt, the principal of Peachtree Ridge High School, and Calvin Watts, the principal of Trickum Middle School, will assume these new roles, according to a news release.

Three administrators have also been appointed to principal positions, the news release states.

Kevin Tashlein, who has served as principal of Phoenix High since 2000, will take over at Peachtree Ridge High School. He has worked in education since 1988 and has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Georgia.

Kay Sands, an assistant principal at Trickum Middle since 2002, will take over when Watts transitions to his new position. Sands has worked as a physical education and health teacher at Five Forks Middle School and in Cobb County. She has an education specialist degree from the University of Alabama.

Vince Botta, an assistant principal at Creekland Middle since 2007, will become the principal at Alton C. Crews Middle School. The school's principal, Gene Taylor, is leaving to lead Lilburn Middle next year. Botta has also worked at Peachtree Ridge, Shiloh and Meadowcreek high schools. He has a doctorate in secondary mathematics education from Georgia State University.