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Decatur Schools Names Chief Operating Officer

This is a new position created by the Decatur school system. The job was given to Dr. Kiawana Kennedy, who has served as director of curriculum and instruction over the past two years in Decatur.

The City Schools of Decatur has hired Dr. Kiawana Kennedy as its first chief operating officer.

 Kennedy has been director of curriculum and instruction the past two years for the City Schools of Decatur. Her chief duty is assisting the superintendent with operations.

The school board approved the position in passing the the budget at the June board meeting.

The school system provided this information:

Dr. Kennedy is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and has proudly served the students of metro Atlanta and surrounding areas for more than two decades. Dr. Kennedy’s educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education from West Georgia College. She continued her education and earned her master's and specialist's degrees in Administration and Supervision. In 2000, Dr. Kennedy graduated from the University of Georgia where she earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership and later received a Gifted Endorsement from Metro RESA. Dr. Kennedy is honored to be accepted as a SUPES Academy participant as she continues to enhance her professional learning experiences.

The roles in which she has honed her craft by ensuring quality learning for all include serving as an elementary and middle school teacher, an assistant principal at the middle school level, and principal of multiple levels. During her tenure as principal, numerous accomplishments were achieved including six grant awards, Platinum Award for Greatest Student Gains on the CRCT awarded by the state of Georgia, five Title 1 Distinguished School awards from the state of Georgia, and a School Bell award from Georgia Association of Elementary Principals.


The school board also approved the new positions of community services coordinator and purchasing clerk.

bulldogger February 05, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Did the CSD really need these three new positions or does the CSD have more money in their coffers than they need so their spending it whereever? This is a legitimate question and I, for one would like someone on the board or at the school justify these expenditures. Tell us why they were hired other than the standard answer of.....we needed them. My concern here is that "we should be in the mode of reducing government expenditures, not increasing them. Maybe Ms. Edwards and Mr. Wisneiski can collaborate and give us some facts.
Decaturette February 05, 2013 at 04:22 PM
The question is whether special and regular services for students are fully funded or are there skimping and barriers to services? For teachers, are they getting the inexpensive, local, excellent training they request? Are they getting the same raises offered in Central Office? If students and teachers are getting what they need, then judicial use of new positions and raises in Central Office are appropriate. The School Board should know the details and judge the overall budget decisions. It's not micromanaging to be on top of the information.

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