Board names finalist for superintendent

The Fulton County Board of Education has named Cindy Loe, Ph.D., as its finalist for the position of superintendent for the Fulton County School System. Following a 14-day public comment period, which began March 13, the board plans to formally tender the position to Dr. Loe.

“Dr. Loe is a perfect fit for Fulton County schools – and just the person our students, parents, staff and community need,” commented Julia Bernath, president of the Fulton County Board of Education. “As a long-time resident of Fulton County, Dr. Loe understands the district. Her strong skill-set and willingness to be part of the team ensures our continued educational excellence.”

Dr. Loe currently serves as associate superintendent of teaching and learning for Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia’s largest school district with more than 155,000 students. As associate superintendent, Dr. Loe’s responsibilities include supervising all district principals and schools, as well as curriculum, special education and continuous improvement.

During her career in Gwinnett, she led the district in the development of its standards-based curriculum, instructional programming, testing and assessment processes, English for Speakers of Other Languages, gifted education, forecasting and planning and research and development. Under Dr. Loe’s direction, Gwinnett has raised student achievement across multiple measures, including the highest scores on the Georgia CRCT, the SAT and the ACT. When she joined Gwinnett in 1996, she facilitated the establishment of the district’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum, which has helped Gwinnett raise student achievement to an all-time high while significantly narrowing the achievement gap.

Dr. Loe has been a teacher, assistant principal and middle school principal with 26 years of public education experience. She has been a Fulton resident since 1991 and has two children who have graduated from Fulton County schools.

Galloway HI-Q team excels on game show

Galloway School’s Academic Team has proven itself a success on High-Q, a question-and-answer game show that appears weekly on WSB-TV Channel 2.

Each week students answer dozens of questions on a wide range of subjects including history, math, literature, science and the arts. Questions include current events making headlines each week. The program, hosted by Channel 2 Action News Sports Director Chuck Dowdle, has been on air since 1986.

Coached by math teacher Stephen Cooper, the Galloway Academic team was victorious in its High-Q match against Dominion Christian Academy in September and won another match in January against AAAAA powerhouse Brookwood High School. With the January win, the team advanced to the “Elite Eight” round of competition.

The Galloway Academic Team also participated in a nationwide computer-based knowledge contest called the Knowledge Master Open. They took first place in the state among schools Galloway’s size and eighth among competing schools of all sizes in the state.

The Elite Eight High-Q show (versus AAA school Lamar County) airs at 7:00 a.m on March 23, on WSB TV. The other three rounds of the Elite Eight air on the three subsequent Sundays.