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Proctor resigns as elementary schools director

COVINGTON — Dr. Ken Proctor, executive director for Elementary Education at the Newton County School System, will leave later this year to work for Atlanta Public Schools.

Late Monday, the APS school board named him as Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement & Leadership Development for its system.

“It is with mixed feeling that I submit my resignation,” Proctor said in his resignation letter on Tuesday. “My career experiences in Newton County have been extremely valuable. I believe Newton County is positioned for phenomenal student academic achievement if the critical components of the current strategic plan of implementing research-based instructional practice, increasing students’ background knowledge and integrating technology into instructional practice continue.”

Proctor has worked in his current position since July 2011, after being director of Elementary Education at NCSS since July 2006. He’s worked in education as a teacher, principal and other positions since 1987 in Henry and Ware county schools and Waycross City Schools; he was the Reading First Program Manager and State Director at the Georgia Department of Education from 2004 to 2006.

He also was an adjunct professor at various colleges and universities from 1998 to 2010.

He holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Education Specialist and Masters of Education degrees in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Tift College of Mercer University and an Associate of Arts in Education from Brewton-Parker College.

At NCSS, he supervises directors of Special Education, Federal Programs and After-School Programs; coordinated gifted education; directs all prekindergarten and English Language Learners activities; serves on the district executive Leadership Team; participated in the principal evaluation process; mediates elementary school parent complaints; and develops and maintains the district balanced scorecard, among other duties.

“I want to extend my very best wishes and thank you to Dr. Proctor for his years of service to the children of the Newton County School System,” said NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews in an email Tuesday. “His work has positively mattered.”

Proctor will begin in Atlanta on April 16, and his last day at NCSS will be April 13.

“Going forward, I do have a plan of action that I will seek our own (school) board’s approval for in the near future and in time to take effect on the same day Dr. Proctor begins in Atlanta,” Mathews said. “I do not wish for our own managerial efforts to linger keeping everyone unnecessarily up in the air as to our immediate and long-term leadership in the Division of Curriculum & Instruction.”