“I thank the district and so many of you for your willingness to play, question, reconsider, challenge and pull on the rope with me as we have worked to move student learning forward,” she wrote in the email. “I am grateful for your dedication and hope that as you continue to lead you recognize that the work that you do daily matters.”
Krause is the second member of the superintendent’s cabinet to announce a retirement since the appointment of Interim Superintendent Chris Ragsdale on April 10.
Cheryl Hungerford, CCSD deputy superintendent of leadership and learning, announced her resignation via a blast email to staff at the same time Ragsdale and the school board were holding a press conference to announce his appointment.
Ragsdale said he can’t talk about what he plans to do with his six-member executive cabinet until after the board votes on cabinet changes May 29.
In the hierarchy of CCSD, the superintendent is the top employee in charge. The next step down is two deputy superintendents, one over operations and the other over leadership and learning. Below them are the chiefs of human resources, staff, academics and finance.
Ragsdale had been deputy superintendent of operations and Hungerford was deputy superintendent of leadership and learning, leaving both positions open. Krause’s retirement leaves the chief academic officer slot open. The human resources chief is Michael Shanahan, Brad Johnson is finance chief and Angela Huff is chief of staff.
“The board obviously will have to approve the reorganization and any kind of movement I do,” Ragsdale said. “Until they vote on that, I’d be hesitant to talk.”
Asked if he offered Krause a renewal of her contract, Ragsdale again said he could not comment until the 29th. He said he hopes to announce replacements for both Krause and Hungerford that day.
“There will be some changes forthcoming,” he said.
According to Open Georgia, Krause made $127,470 last year. Hungerford’s salary was $139,875.
Krause said her retirement was not related to Ragsdale being named superintendent.
“It’s just anticipating the fact he’ll want to make his own team,” Krause said. “Every leader wants to form his own team. I think Cobb has a bright future ahead. I think change is good. It re-energizes places.”
Krause said she is considering offers from both the public and private sector, but plans to remain in education in some capacity.
State Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-west Cobb), chairman of the Senate Education Committee and a member of the Cobb school board from 1997 to 2008, said the timing of Krause’s announcement doesn’t necessarily mean it was related to the new superintendent.
“It’s not uncommon for there to be personnel changes at the end of a school year for varying reasons,” he said. “I think it’d be a mistake to read that it’s a direct result of an interim superintendent being named.”
Krause was named chief academic office in December 2012.
Prior to that, she worked as an assistant superintendent for Fulton County Schools.