Gwinnett Nears Historic Choice For School Superintendent

Georgia's largest school district names sole finalist as next leader
Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school district in Georgia, is about to get its first black leader. Watts will replace longtime Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks.
Dr. Calvin Watts is the sole finalist for Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent.

Dr. Calvin Watts is named the sole finalist in the Gwinnett County Public School system search for a new superintendent.

Watts would be the first black to lead Georgia's largest school system which serves about 188,000 students.

He beat out 26 other applicants for the position.

Gwinnett County School Board Chairman Everton Blair, Jr. said on the system's website, "Our goal was to select the superintendent who would be able to lead Gwinnett County Public Schools during this critical time, building on our legacy of success and working with our outstanding staff to serve our students in our quest to become a system of world-class schools. We feel we've done that with this outstanding finalist."

Gwinnett County School Board member Dr. Tarece Johnson said she is excited about Watts. "He has a proven track record of ensuring every student belongs regardless of background, disability, social economic status, religion, and/or race", said Johnson.

Watts previously worked at GCPS for 13 years in various leadership positions. He comes back to Gwinnett after serving the past 6 years as superintendent of the Kent School District, near Seattle WA.

Watts would replace longtime superintendent Dr. J. Alvin Wilbanks, who was recently fired by the school board. Wilbanks' contract ends on July 30.