Robert Avossa, Ed.D., became Superintendent of the Fulton County School
System in June 2011. As Superintendent, he is responsible for the leadership,
administration and management of approximately 95,000 students, 100 schools,
14,000 employees, and an $837 million general fund budget.
Now in the
third year of his superintendency, Avossa continues to inspire and drive
innovation. His early achievements include Fulton’s creation of a Learning
Communities model that decentralizes certain aspects of district management and
provides a higher level of service to schools and the community. He also led the
school system to redevelop its approach to talent acquisition and management,
particularly how teachers, school leaders and other staff are supported
throughout their careers, and provided visible leadership during the 2011
eSPLOST referendum. Over its five-year life cycle, the capital campaign will
fund nearly $1 billion in school and district improvements, approximately $200
million of which is devoted to enhanced technology.
also was successful in driving the school system forward in its quest for
charter system status, which was granted by the Georgia Department of Education
in 2012. The five-year charter serves as a contract between Fulton County
Schools and the state and provides the district more flexibility in its
operations. It also serves as the way the school system operationalizes its
Strategic Plan 2017: Building Our Future, which has three large
goals that serve as a measure for long-term student success: 90% of Fulton
students will graduate on time; 85% of Fulton’s seniors will be eligible for
admission to a University System of Georgia college or university; and 100% of
Fulton’s graduates will be work-ready.
Early success stories are evident.
Fulton County Schools’ 2013 SAT scores remain among the highest in Georgia, with
six schools ranked in the state’s Top 20. Also, scores are improving and Fulton is ranked second overall in the state. Also, the overall percentage of ninth-grade
students on track for graduation increased from 76% in 2011-2012 to 81% in
2012-2013, which indicates progress toward the graduation rate target.
Fulton's overall graduation rate also rose 4.2% – from 71.3% in 2012 to 75.5% in
Employee and staff engagement also is higher.
More than half (57) of Fulton’s schools have implemented School Governance
Councils, which is one of the ways charter system status empowers parents and
staff in flexibility, decision-making and involvement. Next school year, the
remaining schools will select their council members.
to Fulton County Schools, Avossa served as Chief Strategy and Accountability
Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, one of the largest
systems in the country. In that role, he led the district in driving key
performance management initiatives. He also served as an area superintendent and
as Chief of Staff, both of which resulted in significant student achievement
improvement, and before that spent more than a decade in Florida as a teacher
and principal. He also is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy, an
advanced executive development program that identifies and prepares experienced
leaders to successfully run large urban public education systems.
holds a bachelor’s degree in exceptional education and behavior disorders as
well as a master’s degree in special education, both from the University of
South Florida, and a doctorate from Wingate University. He and his wife, Kellee,
have two children who attend Fulton County schools.