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GCPS associate superintendent retires

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Calvin Watts

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Dale Robbins

SUWANEE -- An associate superintendent with Gwinnett County Public Schools has announced his retirement after 16 years with the system.

In a letter to his colleagues dated Dec. 7, Dale Robbins said he planned to "seek new horizons to serve our profession in a positive and productive manner."

Current area superintendent Calvin Watts will begin a transition into the position of associate superintendent of learning support, succeeding Robbins when he leaves at the end of January.

In addition, former area superintendent Gale Hey will now serve as the district's deputy superintendent for teaching and learning.

Other staff reorganizations included appointments to fill five vacant area superintendent positions. The board of education approved five principals to fill the spots: Nancy Martin of Central Gwinnett High School, Jonathan Patterson of Norcross High School, Gwen Tatum of Shiloh High School, Joe Ahrens of Ferguson Elementary School and Kelli McCain of Meadowcreeek Elementary School.

Successors for those principals will be named at a later time, according to district spokesman Jorge Quintana. The new area superintendents will not assume the new roles until replacements are found for their positions.

A longtime educator, Robbins has served for several decades in the field. He got his start as a social studies coordinator, and was later hired as the principal of Parkview High School. Following that, he held the positions of area superintendent and associate superintendent.

Said Robbins: "Through each of these roles and responsibilities I have always attempted to serve the district with dignity and integrity. During my 20 years as an educator prior to Gwinnett, I used to dream of a school district with a culture built on professionalism and processes driven by continuous quality improvement. Upon my arrival at GCPS I realized that my dreams had come true."

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hpytravlr 2 years, 4 months ago

According to Channel 2; GCPS is out of money by the year 2013; Yet, I read here they are hiring 5 more people to sit around the County Office? All earning six figures.

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HonestIngine 2 years, 4 months ago

Why not SPLOST just passed in November....There is the money....Tell me no money is being spent where is shouldn't be. .. Those people against SPLOST are right... We should have listened to them... Fool me once shame on you, Fool me twice shame on me....Next time Vote NO FOR EDUCATION SPLOST....

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ssilover1 2 years, 4 months ago

SPLOST is for buildings and technology. And, let me assure whoever will listen, the five named are NOT new positions. Everyone is working their fingers to the bone to close achievement gaps, to enrich the children with great advantage and talent, and to continue to make this school district competitive so our future in this county is solid. But criticize all you want because that is how the district knows what you are thinking. And it is beneficial to all concerned.

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hpytravlr 2 years, 4 months ago

Taking resources out of the classroom and moving them to an empty building in Suwanee is not helping any children. We need more people who do; and less people who sit around talking.

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ssilover1 2 years, 4 months ago

I think it would be helpful for you to be specific.

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hpytravlr 2 years, 4 months ago

We are raising classroom sizes all the time to balance the budget, but the ISC, which produces nothing, is never asked to make cuts? My daughter's kindergarten class had 35 kids for part of this year!!

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BuzzG 2 years, 4 months ago

It is time for school vouchers. Let us get our kids out of these marginal schools and send them to good schools. This Soviet Union style of schooling where the government tells you where you must send your kids is not working. There is no accountability and no competition. It is high time that the taxpayers of Gwinnett stand up and demand vouchers.

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gwinnettsadness 2 years, 2 months ago

Gwinnett does have a school that should make the others feel accountable,Gwinnett School of Math,Science and Technologies. The people took them to court to prove how unfair they are, no one wants accountability, especially if it is their child who can't compete. My child is getting ready to graduate from GSMST with a 4.0, the original application was 15 pages with teacher recommendations, now it is sign your name. It should make the residents of Gwinnett furious!

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JV 2 years, 4 months ago

Hope all those that voted for E-SPLOST are happy now!

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Oliver 2 years, 4 months ago

Here's what I see from the GCPS website. the county currently has 1 Superintendent, 2 Associate Superintendents, 5 Area Superintendents, 1 Chief of Staff, 1 Executive Director of Administration and Policy and 1 Executive Director of Communication and Media Relations. (I didn't see any mention of a partridge in a pear tree...)

With all these fancy titles, positions and salaries sloshing around, it's starting to sound like the former Soviet Politik Bureau. These are not frontline positions, these belong to a bloated top-heavy bureaucracy. And how can someone justify the vitality of these positions when they won't even be filled until replacements are hired for the successors?

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Mack711 2 years, 4 months ago

There are to many administration positions in GCPS. We need to have 1 Superintendent, 1 assistant superintendent, 2 Area Superintendents. The other postitions can and should be eliminated and have these jobs done by the ones listed here. This would free up more funds for hiring more quality teachers. Would be willing to say that each one has a secretary and other staff members to assist them in their duties. When you get into each individual school then you could cut the staff there as well. Do we really need so much administration at this level? NO!!!. When a private business has to make cuts that is what they will do, cut unecessary positions in order to make a profit. Since they depend on us,as the taxpayer, it is passed along to as a tax increase. One has to ask 'When is enough actually enough'

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LarryMajor 2 years, 4 months ago

So… we would have four people directly overseeing 21,000 employees at 133 locations throughout the county. In their spare time, they would oversee a fleet of 1800 buses and do five year financial forecasts so they can create a $1.7 billion budget solid enough to earn AAA credit ratings from two agencies.

We might consider staffing a fifth position – that of Kryptonite Sweeper – before you fill the other four. You know, just to keep them safe.

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hpytravlr 2 years, 4 months ago

directly overseeing? Me thinks you have allusions of of something for a bunch of do nothing middle managers.

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

Larry what are the principals doing again?

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gwinnettresident1 2 years, 4 months ago

Talking about buses there are 7 levels of managers from the lead mechanic to the transportation director. Thats separate from the school level of managers that oversee the education.

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