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Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent Calvin Watts stands in the board room at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center in Suwanee in this 2021 file photo. A group of parents is arguing that Watts has violated his employment contract by taking a job as a member of Cognia’s Board of Directors, starting in July.

A group of parents is raising concerns that Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent Calvin Watts may have violated his employment contract by taking on a role with the agency that oversees the school system’s accreditation.

Watts joined the Board of Directors for Cognia over the summer. He is the only school superintendent on the nine-member board, which also includes a university president, an economic development consultant, a former McGraw-Hill president, a nonprofit leader, education consultants and the regional career and technical education coordinator for an education service district in Oregon.

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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