New Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent Calvin Watts stands in the board room at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center in Suwanee on Friday after the county’s school board hired him to lead the district.

Calvin Watts is officially coming back to Gwinnett County Public Schools — starting Monday.

Watts — who spent more than a decade working in the district as both an assistant principal, principal and central office employee — was unanimously hired by the Gwinnett County Board of Education on Friday afternoon to become the district’s new superintendent. The 52-year-old is also a history-maker for GCPS because he is the first African-American to serve as superintendent of Georgia’s largest school district.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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I still don’t understand why Wilbanks was fired. He led this school system through times of incredible growth, making it one of the largest school systems in the southeast. Moreover, it is recognized as one of the top systems in the country. The board has made comments like “it’s time for a change”, but what exactly does that mean?


I didn't agree with his early termination either, mainly due to the cost of buying out his contract. Otherwise it's understandable because he had already announced that he had one foot out the door. So the board was probably thinking that a new guy would be more likely to make the changes they wanted. Sometimes at a company, if you give notice that you're quitting or retiring at some future date, the company decides it's better if you leave sooner than later. It's why you don't tell your current boss that you're looking for a new job. With Wilbanks, maybe it was that simple. We may never know since personnel matters are shrouded in secrecy.


"SPLC staff attorney Claire Sherburne said Black students, for example, make up 32% of the student population but 46% of all disciplinary actions taken by the district. By comparison, she said White students make up about 21% of the student population but account for just 13% of discipline cases."

But what about acts requiring disciplinary action committed by race? If 46% of disciplinary problems are committed by black students, then it would be appropriate that they make up 46% of disciplinary actions. If they are only committing, 30% of the acts but 46% of disciplinary action, then we would have more to talk about.

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