Dr. Michael T. Shanahan, who has served as the senior human capital officer in the Oklahoma City Public Schools in Oklahoma City since 2006, and Amy H. Krause, who is returning to Cobb after serving as Fulton County Schools’ assistant superintendent of curriculum and support since 2010, will both start in early 2012.
Shanahan will serve as the district’s new chief human resources officer when he starts Feb. 1. He will be paid $125,000 a year.
Cobb superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa said a recruiting firm, PROACT Search, helped find Shanahan. The district was unable to provide the cost of services to use the firm before press time on Friday.
Shanahan will fill the vacant spot left by Dr. Donald Dunnigan, who stepped down in October. Dunnigan, whose annual salary was $130,075, requested retirement after an internal audit by the district revealed that seven pay raises were approved without consent from the executive cabinet or school board.
The Oklahoma City school system serves approximately 43,000 students at 89 schools and employs 4,600 people, according to the district’s website.
The board also approved hiring Krause as the district’s new assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and academic division. She will begin Jan. 4.
Krause is returning to Cobb County from Fulton County Schools. In her new position, Krause will be paid $114,000 per year.
Krause left the Cobb County School District in 2010 but was brought into the limelight in 2009 after she helped form a report card committee that would decide whether to approve former superintendent Fred Sanderson’s recommendation to adopt a controversial new standards-based report card for third-grade students.
Sanderson implemented the report card in 2008 for first- and second-grade students. Parents at that time argued that the report card “dumbs down” achievement by ignoring students who exceed standards.