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.