Fulton County school board to vote Thursday on Looney’s appointment as new superintendent


Fulton County school board to vote Thursday on Looney’s appointment as new superintendent

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STAFF REPORTS

The Fulton County Board of Education has called a special meeting for Thursday, May 2, to take action on the appointment of Williamson County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney as the new superintendent  with the school system in Atlanta, according to a press release from Fulton County Schools.

Looney, who has served as WCS superintendent since 2009, was the sole finalist for the position when it was announced April 17. Fulton County’s Board of Education launched a nationwide search in December and interviewed several candidates before announcing Looney as the final candidate.

Georgia law requires that the school board must give a minimum of 14 days for public input on a finalist for the position of Superintendent before formally hiring someone.

“The board is very appreciative for all of the interaction and thoughtful comments and questions we have received during the public input process,” said Linda Bryant, Board of Education president. “We look forward to potential action on the candidacy during this meeting.”

Gary Anderson, chairman of the Williamson County Board of Education, said two weeks ago that the community “should expect a seamless transition” if Looney does indeed leave for Georgia.

“Should Dr. Looney sign a contract with Fulton County Schools on May 2, the WCS Board, at its regular May meeting, plans to name an interim superintendent and establish the effective date of that leadership transition,” Anderson said in a statement.

The Fulton County Schools board will convene for executive session at 9:30 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, immediately followed by the action meeting, beginning at 10 a.m. at the school district’s North Learning Center in Sandy Springs.

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