Oliver acting chief until superintendent is hired


The search for a replacement for retiring Fayette County School System Superintendent John DeCotis is ongoing. Deputy Superintendent Fred Oliver will fill his shoes until the new superintendent is hired.

DeCotis’ last day with the school system is June 30. In preparation for his retirement, and given that it could takes weeks until his replacement can be hired, the Board of Education recently selected Oliver to be in charge of the school system until that time. In the absence of a superintendent and as deputy superintendent, Oliver is the school system’s highest ranking administrator.

The school system last week reported that the first round of interviews will begin in mid-July. All totaled, the school system received 32 applications from 15 states.

The Georgia School Boards Association is assisting with the search for a new superintendent.

Among other functions GSBA will also moderate the interviews of top candidates. Subsequent to the interviews, the names and biographical information on as many as three finalists, the customary number of applicants deemed potentially acceptable for hire, will be released 14 days before any final decision to make the appointment.