Clarke County school chief and 2015 national superintendent of the year to head Fulton Schools

Big news for Fulton County Schools in landing Phil Lanoue as its new superintendent. He’s a big picture thinker and a reformer.

Here is the official release:

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Clarke County Superintendent Phil Lanoue is the sole finalist for the school chief job in Fulton County, stepping into Robert Avossa’s former job.

The Fulton County Board of Education has named Dr. Philip D. Lanoue as its sole finalist for the system’s next superintendent. Dr. Lanoue, currently the superintendent of Clarke County School District in Athens, was named 2015 National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. He succeeds Dr. Robert Avossa who left last June to become superintendent in Florida’s Palm Beach County.

“Dr. Lanoue’s background and experience match what is important to our community as evidenced by our superintendent search survey,” said Fulton County School Board President Linda McCain. “He brings an unparalleled level of credibility with 38 years of educational experience. Dr. Lanoue’s leadership experience transcends geographical regions and has included rural, suburban and urban settings. He has consistently brought schools and districts to higher levels of academic achievement, and for these reasons we selected Dr. Lanoue as finalist.”

“I am incredibly honored to be selected by the Fulton Board of Education as the sole finalist to lead the Fulton County School System,” said Dr. Lanoue. “To begin a new endeavor was not a decision I took lightly, but I look forward to working with the board, the staff and the broader community to build on their successes and make this district high performing for all children.”

Dr. Lanoue has received a variety of accolades during his distinguished career. He has been named one of the Top 50 Technological Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education and Converge as well as Boston Northwest Principal of the Year, National Association of Secondary School Principals Vermont Principal of the Year and Hockey Coach of the Year. He also served on the advisory board for The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he oversaw leadership interns from several Ivy League universities. Dr. Lanoue also has been published in many academic journals, as well as in the national press, on the role of district leaders and principals in the era of accountability.

Prior to becoming Clarke County School District’s superintendent in 2009, Dr. Lanoue was Area Assistant Superintendent for the Cobb County School District. Before that, he served as principal for 18 years in four high schools in Massachusetts and Vermont, his home state. Dr. Lanoue’s subject specialty is biology, and he began his educational career as a science teacher.

Dr. Lanoue holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Mercer University as well as a master’s degree in education in administration and planning and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, both from the University of Vermont. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Georgia, teaching in the Educational Administration and Policy program of the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy. He and his wife Vickie have two grown daughters.

Following a 14-day public comment period, which began February 5, the board plans to formally tender the position to Dr. Lanoue, and if accepted, he will join Fulton County Schools beginning May 1, 2016.

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Anyone is better then Avyossa . At least they did not select one of Avyossas boys such as the acting director.

Now his first task is to purge the Avyossa traveling show. Bring back in the long term Fulton county educators that first served as educators then APS and were in line to be Principals before Avyossa brought in his 3 year minimums who he could push around.

I hope Gail Dean has him start with her District since Avyossa distroyed the top performing Riverwood Cluster overnight. Gail you know their is a problem because we all sent you emails. Plus we didn't want Heards Ferry next to 285.

FritzA
FritzA

No mention of the Broad Foundation freaks in his back ground.  Hallelujah!!  We had enough of Avossa's "chaos and churn" to last a lifetime!

FredinDeKalb
FredinDeKalb

Congratulations to Fulton County and Dr. Lanoue.  It is refreshing to see that he is not getting some of the same vile comments in a similar announcement about Dr. Green coming to DeKalb County.  Then again, some of those posters don't participate as much in this blog anymore. 

I guess that is one good thing that can be said about this new format.  These types of announcements also seem to get many fewer comments now (over 90 for Dr. Green's blog on May 13th).

AvgGeorgian
AvgGeorgian

But, but, but, wasn't  there was a failing school in his district. Doesn't that mean he was a bad superintendent and needed to be taken over by the state?

giveitup
giveitup

I hear that there are no math textbooks in Clarke County elementary schools.

Christie_S
Christie_S

@giveitup That's because the Standards are in flux, therefore, no texts have been purchased. It's well-nigh impossible to have a math textbook (which rely on teaching skills in a linear fashion) when you don't know which skills are to be taught in what order.  So, teachers take the individual pacing chart from each county and teach to that, creating their own materials or buying them online from teacher-created resource sites.

giveitup
giveitup

@Christie_S @giveitup It is not impossible.  We have math textbooks in Gwinnett County elementary schools.  They're not perfect, but I can't imagine that teachers have time to analyze pacing charts from each county, create or buy materials, and teach math as well as all the other subjects required of an elementary teacher.  Give me a break!  As far as the standards being in flux, are you referring to state standards? We have been teaching to the same common core standards for four years.

Christie_S
Christie_S

@giveitup @Christie_S You have textbooks in Gwinnett elementary schools, but they're not perfect. Great.  Yours are still somewhat valid.  

The old ones that we had were so far from current standards that we could no longer use them for anything other than sub plans for the most basic skills practice.

So, yes, we have to pull out the pacing chart and design our courses accordingly. 

This year, my school is utilizing resources from a couple of different states' online resources, most significantly EngageNY.  The problem with that, of course, is that different states teach the different skills in the CCSS at differing times, so the hodgepodge of resources aren't perfect but we do the best we can.

And yes, the fact that the legislature is STILL arguing over whether to abandon CC standards altogether, revise them significantly or merely somewhat, has hindered the development of a new textbook. Schools are not going to put hundreds of thousands of dollars into new published materials if they think the new material will be out of date before the ink completely dries on it.

giveitup
giveitup

@Christie_S @giveitup The fact the GA legislature may abandon Common Core sounds like a good reason to put off purchasing textbooks, but it is a real shame that teachers and students are the victims here. I understand what you are saying about old textbooks being totally unhelpful at this point.  Before we had the textbooks, we had to search online resources before we could plan lessons.  The textbooks really helped. It turned out that GCPS's decision to buy the textbooks is working out well (until they change the standards) :).  Take care.

Poidawg
Poidawg

Beverly Hall was the superintendent of APS not Fulton County.

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Sounds like a good hire for Fulton - time will tell.  At least the guy has some local ties and might stay around until he is ready to retire.  The national gypsies who show up to get their ticket punched and start looking for another job almost immediate usually don't work out too well.

Of course, Ga's only other National Super of the Year was Beverly Hall, and we all know how that turned out.  Just sayin'.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Glad Fulton is getting a hockey coach!  No,just kidding.  I wish him well.