The Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved the hiring of Robin Lattizori as the new east Cobb area assistant superintendent and Tracie Doe as the new west Cobb area assistant superintendent.
They are replacing Doreen Griffeth, who was named a superintendent in a small north Alabama school district; Rick Beaulieu, who is now working with the human resources department in Atlanta Public Schools; and Ed Thayer, who is retiring.
To cut costs, Cobb Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is choosing not to replace Thayer after he retires next month. This change will reduce the number of area assistant superintendents from six to five and increase the number of schools each would cover from about 15 to 25.
Hinojosa said Lattizori and Doe were among 30 people in all who applied for the two positions, 12 of whom were internal candidates.
“They both have very strong reputations, have been principals for awhile and have led two great schools,” he said.
Lattizori is leaving Dodgen Middle School and Doe is leaving Timber Ridge Elementary School, both located in east Cobb.
Lattizori is the new Area 3 leader. She will be responsible for about 26,500 students at 25 schools, including 15 elementary schools, six middle schools and Lassiter, Pope, Walton and Wheeler high schools.
“I worked at the elementary school level for 24 years and moved to the middle school four years ago, which was fabulous, so when the opportunity came up to work with K-12 and more schools, it seemed like a great fit,” Lattizori said.
Her career in education began in 1986 at an elementary school in Brunswick. She moved to Cobb County 26 years ago with her family where she first taught at Mt. Bethel Elementary.
Since that time, Lattizori has worked at Eastvalley, Acworth, Birney and Due West elementary schools, working her way up from a teacher to an assistant principal and eventually principal.
“I work and live in this community and with these great schools, amazing leaders, great families … I’m just real excited about the opportunity to work with all of them,” she said.
Lattizori earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Georgia, master’s from West Georgia College, and a specialist degree from Georgia College and State University, in addition to graduate and leadership certificates.
Her salary in the new position will increase from $98,611 to $108,748.
She is married to Kell High School P.E. teacher and department chair Michael Lattizori and the couple has two children. Michael Lattizori recently graduated from college and Lauren is a rising sophomore at Kell.
Area 5, which encompasses 23,900 students in 22 schools, including 13 elementary, five middle and Hillgrove, Harrison, Allatoona and McEachern high schools, will now be represented by Doe.
“I’m ready for a new challenge and ready to see if I can contribute to the Cobb County School District in a different role than I have up to this point,” Doe said.
The 46-year-old started her educational profession in 1989 as an elementary school in South Carolina. Later on, she taught in three other schools in South Carolina and two more in Macon before she began working in the Cobb School District in 2000.
Doe served as an assistant administrator at Hayes Elementary until 2004 and then was named the principal at Timber Ridge where she has been ever since.
“I’m looking forward to working as hard as I can to help principals be able to make the best use they can of the resources that we have,” she said.
Doe earned bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Georgia, a master’s from the College of Charleston, a specialist from Georgia College and State University, as well as leadership certificates.
Like Lattizori, her salary will increase with the promotion from $104,184 a year to $108,748.
She lives in the south Cobb with her husband, Kenny.
Transitioning to the new positions
Hinojosa said that because school starts in less than two weeks, Lattizori and Doe will remain at their schools for at least the first week of school to make sure things transition well for new and returning students and staff.
Meantime, he is recruiting former Cobb educators and administrators Alice Stouder and Jim Snell to step in to help with the roles of area assistant superintendents until the district has hired the new principals at Timber Ridge and Dodgen.
Area assistant superintendent Ed Thayer has also put off his retirement for at least a month to help with the changes until the district is at full staff.
Hinojosa also said that his staff should be posting the job openings for the principal positions on the district website soon, and hopes they can hire the new administrators during the school board’s August work session or voting meeting.