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Virginia district passes on GCPS assistant superintendent

Calvin J. Watts

Calvin J. Watts

An assistant superintendent at Gwinnett County Public Schools was named a finalist, but ultimately not chosen by a Richmond, Va. school district in its search for a new superintendent.

Calvin J. Watts was named one of three finalists for the superintendent position with Richmond Public Schools, but on Monday, the local school board selected Dana T. Bedden, a former superintendent in Irving, Texas and Richmond County.

The decision came down to Watts and Bedden after a third finalist, Anthony D. Jackson, the current superintendent of the Nash-Rocky Mount, N.C., school system, dropped out of the search Friday. He cited personal and professional reasons for not wanting to continue, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The Times-Dispatch reported that Bedden scored well in a private interview with School Board members, and during a public forum last week.

Watts 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.