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."