District's new leader to propose filling assistant position

Muscogee superintendent has former Polk Co. coworker in mind

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 8, 2013 

Muscogee County School District Superintendent David Lewis will propose the hiring of an assistant superintendent of education at a work session Monday night, according to the agenda.

For the job, he is nominating Rebecca Braaten, who worked with Lewis in the Polk County School District.

The work session is at 5 p.m. in the Muscogee County Public Education Center.

Braaten is currently the senior director of K-12 science and acceleration in Polk County.

She has served in several other positions in that district, including director of academic rigor and secondary curriculum.

The Muscogee County School District has not had an assistant superintendent of education since Robin Pennock retired in June 2008. John Phillips was the superintendent at that time.

The next superintendent, Susan Andrews, did not have an assistant superintendent.

At-large board member Cathy Williams said Sunday that the position has never been eliminated.

At about the same time Pennock retired, the economy soured. Money became tight, so the school district held off hiring a replacement.

Williams said with changes being brought by the federal government, including the implementation of common core standards, it is wise to fill that spot now.

"It is almost a given,"

she said.

Williams remarked that just about every person interviewed for the superintendent job mentioned the need for an assistant superintendent.

That Lewis is choosing someone he is familiar with, Williams said, is a "very common practice."

Phillips had previously worked with Pennock outside of Muscogee County.

In other business:

• The board will again bring up the official name for the new elementary school on Benning Drive. Board member Athavia "A.J." Senior has recommended the school be named after civil rights activist Dorothy I. Height. The recommendation has now been on the table for the required 30 days.

• The transition plan for the students who formerly attended the Academic Success Center will be discussed.

• The board will hear a report on the impact of the after-school enrichment program on the academic progress of Wynnton Arts Academy.

• The board will get a report on construction work being done at Richards Middle School and Clubview Elementary School.

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