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GCPS assistant superintendent a finalist for Virginia job

Calvin Watts

Calvin Watts

A senior-level administrator with Gwinnett County Public Schools this week was named a finalist for a position in Richmond, Va.

Calvin Watts was announced as one of three finalists for the superintendent position with Richmond Public Schools, according to the several media outlets in Virginia.

Watts, who has worked with GCPS since 2001 as an assistant principal, an elementary and middle school principal, and an area director of staffing in the division of human resources. Watts was an area superintendent two years ago when he moved to be an assistant superintendent in the division of school improvement and operations.

In his current position, Watts works with a school improvement process for 11 schools identified in Priority, Focus and Alert status according to the Georgia Department of Education. He also leads and oversees 21 principals and school facilities.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that GCPS is seven times the size of the Richmond district and Watts’ “area of oversight includes the type of federally designated underperforming schools that plague the city.”

In an email message, Watts said he was traveling to Virginia, and wasn’t immediately available to discuss the job possibility.

Community forums and meetings with educational leaders are reportedly scheduled this week. A new superintendent is expected to be announced on Dec. 23.

Watts’ career began in 1992 as a teacher in Seattle, where he was born and raised. He’s also worked as a principal and assistant principal for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and also worked in districts in Carrollton and Atlanta.

Watts received a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Howard University. He completed the Superintendent Professional Development Program, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia School Superintendents Association, and was awarded the Broad Prize for Urban Education in 2010.