A top administrator for Bartow County Schools has been named the sole finalist for the Gordon County Schools superintendent position.

Kimberly Fraker, who is Bartow County Schools System's chief leadership and learning officer, was named the finalist by the Gordon County School Board during a called meeting Thursday, May 23, in Calhoun.

Fraker also has served as the Bartow school system's chief academic officer.

She came to Bartow schools after serving as a principal of South Paulding and East Paulding high schools in Paulding County.

Nominated by the Gordon board on Thursday, May 23, Fraker will remain the finalist for the position for 14 days in accordance with state law.

The board is set to give final approval on June 10 after the nomination period ends. If approved, Fraker will begin her new position July 1.

She will replace Susan Remillard, who is retiring. Remillard also is a former Bartow schools superintendent.

In a prepared statement, the board said it was “fortunate to have many qualified candidates from which to choose, particularly one with Dr. Fraker’s experience and expertise. We look forward to the next chapter in the history of Gordon County Schools.”

Board member Eddie Hall thanked everyone who applied for the position and said it was a tough decision, the Calhoun Times reported.

“We had a great pool of applicants,” Hall said. “This was probably one of the hardest choices I’ve ever had to make in a position like this.”

Fraker has worked as a classroom teacher and administrator at the school and district levels in a 24-year career.

Through her most recent position as chief of leadership and learning, Fraker assisted the Bartow County superintendent with day-to-day operations, a news release stated.

Gordon County School Board Chairman Charlie Walraven said, “We are very fortunate to have someone with Fraker’s credentials and experience to lead our system. We expect great things out of her.”

Fraker is married to Capt. Jim Fraker of the Sandy Springs Police Department, and the couple has three children.

Among other positions, she is a board member of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce.

"Dr. Fraker is active in many organizations and hopes to do the same upon relocation to Gordon County," the release stated.

Fraker earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, her secondary English education certification from Kennesaw State and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of West Georgia.

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