Kim Fraker says she plans to use what she learned as a teacher, principal and school system administrator in Bartow and Paulding counties in her new job heading Gordon County's school system.
Fraker has served as Bartow County School System's chief leadership and learning officer and chief academic officer since 2015.
The Gordon County School Board nominated her as its superintendent on Thursday, May 23, and she will remain the sole finalist for the position for 14 days in accordance with state law.
The board is set to give final approval on Monday, June 10, after the nomination period ends. If approved, Fraker will begin her new position July 1.
She came to the Bartow system after serving as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in Paulding County, including being the principal who opened South Paulding High School in 2006.
Through her most recent position as Bartow County Schools' chief of leadership and learning, Fraker was largely responsible for the system's day-to-day operations, she said.
Fraker, a Cobb County native, earned a 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.
She began her academic career in the mid-1990s as an English teacher at Harrison High School in Kennesaw. She later moved to the same position in Paulding County.
After moving into administration, Fraker worked as an assistant principal at a number of Paulding schools, including Jones Middle and East Paulding High schools. She then was principal of Jones Middle before being hired as the principal of South Paulding High for its opening year in 2006.
Rezonings for new schools typically can be emotionally draining for a community.
However, Fraker said she recalled the school's opening fondly as it brought students formerly in the Paulding and Hiram high schools' zones together.
"It was bringing two communities together," she said.
It also gave the community and school district a rare chance to create a new school crest and select school colors and a mascot that later generations will use.
"We were creating an all-new identity," she said.
Fraker's Paulding experience, which also included East Paulding High School principal, allowed her to see the issues school-level administrators experience daily, she said.
Her Bartow positions gave her experience with the academic challenges faced by teachers and administrators at all grade levels, Fraker said.
It also gave her experience dealing with such daily operational issues as school security and technology, she said.
"It was a very broad range," Fraker said.
In a prepared statement, the Gordon County School 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.”
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 will replace Susan Remillard, who is retiring. Remillard also is a former Bartow schools administrator who served as Gordon superintendent since 2013.