GSCSS Board approves new executive directors


The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education named four new executive directors at its May 2 meeting. Dr. Norman Sauce, Dr. Donald Warren, Sara Jones and Anthony Aikens will join GSCS as executive directors.

Dr. Kiawana Kennedy, current assistant superintendent, was named deputy superintendent at the same meeting.

These appointments are based on the recommendations of our recent curriculum audit.

Dr. Norman Sauce will become Executive Director of Elementary and will supervise all elementary principals. Sauce earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from California State University Long Beach (2000), a Master of Education degree from the University of California Los Angeles (2002), and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California (2009).

He is currently principal at Chamblee Charter High School and he has served as principal at Barnwell Elementary in Johns Creek. . He was an assistant principal and social studies teacher in his native California before coming to Georgia and serving as assistant principal.

Dr. Donald Warren becomes Executive Director of Secondary and will supervise middle and high school principals along with career and technical ed. Currently serving as director of curriculum and instruction in Henry County, Warren has been a mathematics teacher, assistant principal and principal in Georgia. He holds a Doctor of Education and Specialist degree from the University of Georgia (2002, 1998), a master’s degree in administration & supervision from Georgia College & State University (1997) and a B. S. in mathematics and computer information systems from Georgia Southwestern (1990).

Sara Jones is currently director of school improvement, assessment and data for GSCS. She is Executive Director of Instructional Services and has served as principal at Jackson Road Elementary. She was also assistant principal at Atkinson where she was also a teacher. She will be responsible for implementation of the literacy plan, testing, curriculum, instruction, special education and the College and Career Academy. Ms. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Georgia (1992), a master’s of Educational Leadership from West Georgia College (1994), and a Specialist of Educational Leadership also from West Georgia (1996). She is also a graduate of Griffin High. Her new title is Executive Director of Instructional Services.

Executive Director of Administrative Services will be Anthony Aikens. Currently the principal of Jordan Hill Elementary, Mr. Aikens has almost two decades of experience in the private sector. His early career included retail, insurance, finance and manufacturing management. He has also been an assistant principal in GSCS and in Crisp County and a mathematics teacher. He holds bachelors and masters from Georgia Southwestern in mathematics (1998 & 2000), and an educational specialist in Leadership & Supervision from UGA (2002). Mr. Aikens will be responsible for the smooth operation of transportation, food service, facilities & maintenance, technology, student services and athletics.

“We have a great slate of new executive directors whose experience, skills and knowledge will greatly enhance our district. Their leadership will allow us to move forward with recommendations from our curriculum audit. I think you will be impressed with their work,” said Superintendent Jim Smith.

These new positions are effective July 1.

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