Chief over academics announces retirement
by Haisten Willis
May 18, 2014 04:00 AM | 7036 views | 25 25 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Amy Krause
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MARIETTA — Amy Krause, chief academic officer of the Cobb County School District, announced her retirement in a blast email to district staff Friday.

“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.

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Amen!
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May 20, 2014
It is good to see that all of the bad hires are finally going by the wayside! Apparently we now have someone who can actually research the lies put on paper. Please say the next is Huff!I have spoken to past teachers who talk about her intimidation and even referred to her as a Bully! Keep up the great work Chris! You have the support of a lot of us parents who have been waiting for something to finally get done. With Home Office cleaned up this will hopefully allow for less abuses and a more efficient office. Wouldn't surprise me if more of these bad hires who have no business being in their positions start running because now they can't hide.
Replaceable
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May 20, 2014
Everyone is replaceable. Let the new Supt. pick his team and then judge him according to the results. As Ms. Krause said, change is good.
Edumacate That
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May 20, 2014
Amy,

I'm so happy to see the backside of you, I'll even help you pack. It will give us a chance to catch up on old times. You know... when we had the heated debate about Kathy Cox's math debacle and I found out later you didn't even have any math credentials. Good times. Glad they'll be ending soon. Please stay retired.
Hopefully!
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May 20, 2014
Ms. Krause's "retirement" can only benefit the district. I worked with her on the report card committee. There was no sense of collaboration and the experience left me questioning her employment. If Mr. Ragsdale is cleaning house so effectively right out of the gate then perhaps the board has finally show sound judgement in their selection of a superintendent. I am hopefully!
Pat Bisk
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May 20, 2014
With your command of grammar, I can only hope you never get your hands on a report card committee.
Jus Sa'ing
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May 20, 2014
If your grammar is as bad as this example of writing, it's a good thing you weren't leading the RC committee.
Mcmurph
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May 19, 2014
Good riddance! We never should have taken her back after the report card debacle! This is a woman who has NO understanding of research methods or analysis, but chases edufads based on opinions written in books. Yes, her "research" that showed standard based report cards would help our kids was made up of chapters in books, many of which were self-published. I saw the file and looked at all of her references. She is also dishonest, telling the board that the SB report cards were never intended to go past 3rd grade, even though I was given copies of SB report card drafts for 4th and 5th grades. If Superintendent Ragsdale had anything to do with this "retirement" I'd say the district is in good hands! We need to get the cronies out and hire central office staffers who are loyal, competent, and place our kids first.
Can you say????
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May 20, 2014
Sour grapes....
Inside Cobb
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May 19, 2014
Folks I have worked in Cobb and let me tell you Amy Krause is not the angel you think she is.....let me tell you a few things she has done - when she was promoted, she immediately got rid of her counterpart who had worked with her and "taught" her math as she was the math supervisor but does not have a degree or credentials in math (look up her teaching certificate at www.gapsc.com) for proof of what I am saying; then she got rid of the science director because he had a phd and knew more than she did; then she got rid of the staff development manager because he questioned what she did; then she moved the only African American male out of the central office but that didn't matter because the year before she moved all of the Title 1 staff out of the central office (and 75% happened to be African American). So I say goodbye Ms. Krause and enjoyment the job hunting. The folks in the know are glad she is gone and happy that the new super had the guts to do it!
If I remember correc
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May 20, 2014
a lot of dead wood needed to go.
anonymous
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May 19, 2014
Like who could not have seen this coming????

The esteemed chair (a proud high school graduate herself) thought professional educators with a large number of degrees and titles behind their name would not mind if computer tech became the next superintendent.....Got to wonder what is she smoking?? Rumor has it that the exodus has just started.

To Lindsey Tippins - are you for real? The Chief Academic Officers "retires" and immediately begins to look for another job in education but you believe that her resignation had nothing to do with appointing a Tech Guy superintendent???
East Cobb Mom
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May 19, 2014
"Rumor has it that the exodus has just started." And you are saying this as if this is a bad thing? Only in the government could people get paid six figure salaries for not truly producing an end result...such as teaching our children, but rather shuffling paper and giving more busy work to the teachers. And I am shocked that Angela Huff still has her job and the entire issue has been dropped. To the person who called her "the best educator" she's not an educator, she's a bureaucrat. Our underpaid teachers are the true educators.

Only in the public sector...
James Packie
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May 19, 2014
Ms Krause can write her own ticket!!!!
2nd floor Glover str
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May 19, 2014
She has long been fielding offers yet stayed loyal to CCSD till this "business" happened.
Libby Rice
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May 19, 2014
Best of luck to Amy Krause... a rare bird in the C.O.
In the know
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May 19, 2014
Amy Krause will be a huge loss to the district. She is one of the finest educators Cobb County Schools has ever known.
ECmomof2
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May 20, 2014
Obviously, In the KNow, is not in the know. I’m sure Amy Krause was a likable enough person, however, the best thing for the children of Cobb County is her retirement. She was more interested in how the student felt than how much children actually learned. She told me she did not believe in failing a child even if they didn’t know the material. She did not believe in the needs of the gifted child. I hope Ragsdale or the next Super, actually hires someone qualified and who cares about children LEARNING the academics.
Omar the Begger
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May 19, 2014
There has not been a purge like this since the French Revolution; who’s next and where is the end? I do not know but I do know that at the end of every tunnel there is light; just pray that it is not attached to a train.
Just Sayin'....
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May 19, 2014
Very interesting that an interim Superintendent anticipates shaking things up before he is actually made permanent in the job. Even in the "for profit" world, an interim replacement is just a seat saver who is to maintain operations until the replacement is chosen...even if he or she is on the list to be the replacement. Pay attention Board members or you are going to be the proverbial "deer in the headlights"..... I am actually really rather surprised Mr. Ragsdale had the gumption to start this process less than a month after being given the "interim" role. I smell Chamber work here.
joe willie
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May 19, 2014
Who needs reality T.V. ? The Cobb County School Central Office has it all over ANYTHING found on network broadcasts!
Polly Winship
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May 18, 2014
Wow, wonder where Huff will land since she wasn't axed for inappropriate use of staff that was reported and quickly swept under the rug. You know there will be no reduction in salary no matter what. They could knock her down to custodian and she would still make 6 figures and make sure someone did her job. Will be interesting to see who goes where. Guess he can't bring Julie Ackerman back since there is a relationship involved there. Since he doesn't have any education background, wonder how he will determine who will be best to step into this role? Just take someone's word? Who has done him favors? Guess we will wait until May 29 to find out. Surprised they would allow an interim to make major changes unless the permanent position has already been granted. Good luck to all
WestCobb
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May 29, 2014
I hope Huff is out of the door. It can't hit her in the backside fast enough. Glad to see the Principal at Varner will be replaced as well. The only bad thing that could happen here is if the Varner Principal moves on up the latter. Talk about a bully.
Cobbstakeholder
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May 18, 2014
A bit of unsolicited advice for Mr. Ragsdale:

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT keep or promote Angela Huff!

Mrs. Huff (I refuse to call her "Dr." since she had others work on HER doctorate for her) thinks the rules apply to everyone but her.

Furthermore, anyone she doesn't like (or who questions her questionable judgment) is held to a higher standard than is achievable.

However, now that her "bestie" Dr. Hungerford is leaving, Huff won't have the protection that she has enjoyed all these years. So perhaps her own resignation is forthcoming as well.....

One can only hope!
necobbmom
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May 18, 2014
Lets hope that Shanahan and Huff are next to go.
Cobber
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May 29, 2014
Amen to that! Shanahan needs to get the hiring practices straightened out or hit the door. i.e. Cobb needs to take care of the teachers already in the system. Opening up positions to people off the street or to paras at the same time existing teachers are allowed to transfer is just wrong. Let everyone get to where they want to be before hiring from the outside. In the past when transfer were opened up, only transfers were allowed to be considered for open positions. No loyalty to existing employees let in Cobb. Only Principals hiring their friends.
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