Saying goodbye to the era of Avossa in Fulton County Schools

Fulton County Schools will be saying goodbye to its superintendent, Dr. Robert Avossa, for the 2015-16 school year. Avossa has been an active Fulton County worker since 2011, and is known for creating the Learning Communities model and his leadership in the 2011 eSPLOST reform.

Dr. Avossa will be accepting a job as the new school chief for Palm Beach County Schools in Palm Beach, Florida. It has been confirmed that Kenneth Zeff, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer of Fulton county schools, will be the interim superintendent, effective June 2, 2015.

Zeff is currently responsible for overseeing the execution of the strategic plan for all schools and implementation of the charter system which North Springs will become a part of next year. The school board remains optimistic despite losing Avossa. “Ken Zeff has the experience and expertise to help Fulton County Schools build on our steady growth in student achievement,” said Linda McCain, school board president.

Though many students only know Avossa as, “The guy who decides if we have school or not [for incement weather],” according to sophomore Justin Reeves, the superintendent of Fulton County Schools is actually responsible for the leadership, administration and management of approximately 96,300 students, 101 schools, 10,500 full-time employees, and an $878 million general fund budget.

Avossa has brought many fantastic improvements to various schools all over Fulton County. Since Avossa took over, Fulton County’s SAT scores have consistently remained among the highest in Georgia. Other major improvements in the school system brought upon by Avossa’s work include an increase in high schoolers on track for graduation and the implementation of Governance Councils to increase employee and staff engagement.

Avossa will be missed among students and staff throughout Fulton County. “I especially liked how involved Avossa was with the school and how concerned he was with student achievement. I hope his replacement also realizes how important it is for everyone to be involved in a student’s learning,” said sophomore Izzy Perling. Though his next position will offer less direct responsibility, Avossa told reporters from the Palm Beach Post that, “Florida feels like home to me.”