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New Fulton County Schools superintendent ready for challenge
New Fulton County Schools superintendent ready for challenge

EAST POINT - As he takes the helm as Fulton County's new school superintendent - Robert Avossa has a personal perspective.

"I was just in a local supermarket looking for supplies for my own children that will start school," said Avossa.

Avossa has two school age kids, including one starting kindergarten.

His family moved to metro Atlanta from North Carolina where he served chief strategy and accountability officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

"I'm excited about joining the team and bringing energy and passion and motivation to work.," he said.

With Fulton County Schools, he'll head a district that is smaller than the one he left by about 43,000 students , but Fulton is larger in another way.

"It's an 80 mile district," he said.

Fulton County is lengthy in geography and very diverse.

Among the challenges he faces, closing an achievement gap between the north and south parts of the district.

"It's clear that we've got to work harder to work the top up, but we need to close the gap," said Avossa.

"What we found, in Charlotte, is that most of the answers reside in your district. It's a matter of connecting information and finding a platform for teachers and principals and others to communicate."

One focus he plans, looking at hiring practices.

"And, the kinds of things we can do from a central office standpoint. But, I want to be able to help our principals attract top talent. If we don't have great teachers, great things can't happen," he said.

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