042419_MNS_super_finalist Mike Looney

Mike Looney speaks during an April 17 news conference at Fulton County Schools’ North Learning Center in Sandy Springs, after district leaders announced he was named the superintendent finalist.

Now it’s official. Mike Looney, Ed.D., is Fulton County Schools’ new superintendent.

“Dr. Looney’s experience and approach are the right fit for our schools at the right time,” Fulton County Board of Education President Linda Bryant said in a news release. “We have great confidence and optimism in his abilities. He has shown the willingness to be transparent, listen to the community, comes with a track record of results in student achievement, and is thoughtful in his approach toward teaching and learning, the most important role of the superintendent.”

The board voted May 2 at a special called meeting at the North Learning Center in Sandy Springs to name Looney as the district’s new superintendent and approve a three-year contract for him. He was introduced the district’s superintendent finalist at a news conference April 17 at the North Learning Center. He met the public, including students, parents and staff members both there and at the district’s Roswell, Banneker, Westlake and Centennial high schools between April 17 and 19.

According to a news release, as prescribed by Georgia law, the board must give a minimum of 14 days for public input on a finalist for the position of superintendent before he or she is officially hired. Looney, the superintendent of Williamson County Schools in Franklin, Tennessee, a Nashville suburb, will start his new job June 17.

“As I was going through the interview process, I heard from the board how incredibly talented Fulton County students are and about the dedicated teachers, principals and staff. When I visited, I saw this firsthand and became even more excited about serving this community,” Looney said in a news release. “I plan to spend the first 90 days getting to know the people and digging deeper into Strategic Plan 2022. There is a great deal of outstanding effort going on and a vision already in place. My first job will be to evaluate what is working well and what challenges Fulton schools have to tackle in order to improve for the future.”

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