Assistant superintendent departing Cobb for position with Atlanta schools
by Megan Thornton
June 19, 2013 11:59 PM | 11757 views | 12 12 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Rick Beaulieu, one of six assistant superintendents for the Cobb County School District, is leaving for Atlanta Public Schools after serving less than a year in his role overseeing 18 Cobb schools.

Beaulieu, who began his career as a teacher at Campbell High School in 1996 and was promoted to assistant superintendent on July 1, 2012, did not return calls for comment on his departure.

James Alford, executive director of communications for Atlanta Public Schools, confirmed Beaulieu will begin his role as executive director of the human resources center of expertise effective July 1. Though his salary information was not immediately available, Alford said the salary range for the position was between $89,902 and $143,842.

Cobb Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said Beaulieu was a “rising star” amongst the ranks of CCSD employees, but recognized that APS could probably offer a higher salary.

“I’m really disappointed that he’s leaving after one year after being named area assistant superintendent,” Hinojosa said. “But it’s typically been a pattern that other districts can pay more than we can pay … It’s tough trying to hang on to good people.”

Beaulieu’s exit comes three months after Assistant Superintendent Ed Thayer’s approval for retirement by the Cobb School Board in March. Thayer will retire effective Aug. 1 and Hinojosa has said the district won’t replace him in an effort to cut costs.

However, Hinojosa said he will be asking the School Board next week to accept Beaulieu’s resignation along with a request to approve posting the job opening, saying the district would not be able to function below the present five area assistant superintendents.

“It’s difficult enough going down to five,” Hinojosa said. “There’s no way we could cope going from six to four.”

Hinojosa said he’s hopeful that he will have a recommendation to fill Beaulieu’s job sometime in July.

Beaulieu oversaw 18 schools, including those that feed into Harrison, Hillgrove and McEachern high schools in west central Cobb.

Beaulieu, according to opengeorgia.gov, made $99,475 in fiscal year 2012. However, Beaulieu was promoted to area assistant superintendent July 1, 2012, during fiscal year 2013. The MDJ has made an open records request to obtain his salary.

Both Board Chairman Randy Scamihorn and board member Brad Wheeler, whose district Beaulieu oversaw, said they were surprised by the announcement Wednesday.

Board member David Banks, who worked with Beaulieu when he was principal of Pope High School from 2008 to 2012, said he had heard the news but did not want to comment.

Beaulieu earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University, a master’s degree from Jacksonville State University and an education specialist degree from University of West Georgia. He is also a graduate of CCSD’s Leadership Academy.

Prior to his time as Pope’s principal, Beaulieu was assistant principal at North Cobb High School from 2006 to 2008 and previously taught at North Cobb and Lassiter high schools after leaving to teach in Gwinnett County Public Schools for one year.

Scamihorn said the board would have to look closely into the decision on whether, like Thayer’s position, they would recommend filling Beaulieu’s post.

“Anywhere we can save money is good as long as we can get the job done,” Scamihorn said.

 

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Cobb Parent
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June 25, 2013
What are the duties & responsibilities of area superintendents? How important/relevant is this role?

Is it just another way to cover up misappropriated funds like Title 1?

I agree with the previous comments please do not replace

Mr. B and let's evaluate to see if area superintendents really are required.
follower
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June 25, 2013
Maybe he will do better in this role at APS. He doesn't need a position that require parental involvement such as his role at CCSD.
Watcher...
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June 20, 2013
I suggest that CCSD's Board be very vigilant of CCSD's "Bureaucratic Creep."

Jack Welch, past Chairman of the General Electric Company, wrote these comments for GE's Annual Report, 2000:

"Annihilating Bureaucracy."

“We cultivate the hatred of bureaucracy in our Company and never for a moment hesitate to use that awful word "hate." Bureaucrats must be ridiculed and removed. They multiply in organizational layers and behind functional walls—which means that every day must be a battle to demolish this structure and keep the organization open, ventilated and free. Even if bureaucracy is largely exterminated, as it has been at GE, people need to be vigilant—even paranoid—because the allure of bureaucracy is part of human nature and hard to resist, and it can return in the blink of an eye. Bureaucracy frustrates people, distorts their priorities, limits their dreams and turns the face of the entire enterprise inward.”

“In a digitized world, the internal workings of companies will be exposed to the world, and bureaucracies will be seen by all for what they are: slow, self-absorbed, customer insensitive—even silly.”

anonymous
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June 22, 2013
And you said this as teachers are sitting on their rears eating bon-bons while the rest of us go to work in June and July. And get a day off at Thanksgiving. And get a day off at Christmas. And get no week off for Spring Break, etc., etc., etc. I am so over self-absorbed teachers, customer insensitive, even silly arguments from teachers. I looked at my childhood class pictures from the past and there were 48 children in my homeroom. That would be considered teacher abuse to today's whiners, even with all the computer technology available today. I suggest today's teachers stop their whining or move into another profession without sounding off why they did so. We know why. They were asked to get off their whining behinds and to do their cushy jobs. So go on, whiners, and don't let the door hit you in the behind. There are thousands awaiting your job.
JJMule
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June 20, 2013
“Anywhere we can save money is good as long as we can get the job done,” Scamihorn said

Well said

Ask the Walrus to step up and do his job.

Hankerson would be a good replacement for Burl Ellis.

Let's move this county forward.
Watcher...
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June 21, 2013
Excellent comments!
anonymous
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June 20, 2013
The reality is that Cobb schools is no longer a good place to work. If you want good people, you have to pay them and that is true in the public and private sector.
Cobb School Advocate
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June 20, 2013
Glad to see Scamihorn looking and thinking about the recent history of "featherbedding" in Cobb Schools - The time is past due to clean up the house !
Not very surprised
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June 20, 2013
The Exodus from Cobb County continues. With Rick, I'm guessing that a higher salary was not the main issue for transferring either. CCSD needs to start solving their problems and not just "mee hawing" around them. We have HUGE issues here and worrying about the top heavy administration is not going to help. I was looking at the district website and noticed that the Salary department has something like 6 administrative assistants. Give me a break.
anonymous
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June 21, 2013
I think it is amazing that it only takes 6 people to handle the payroll for an organization of thousands. I would suggest that the cowardly anti-government right wing tea partiers posting here try to develop an independent thought. The educators in Cobb are doing amazing things and they need to be supported. No wonder good leadership is leaving Cobb. The wheels are coming off what used to be the best school system in the State and people are on this blog name calling and pasting statements from a disgraced CEO. Even the original tea partier, Thomas Jefferson, felt that the government had to support public education for a free and prosperous society. The ignorance is amazing.
anonymous
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June 26, 2013
Should not even take six people to do payroll if you sent it outside like many organizations, along with benefits.
Do not replace
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June 20, 2013
I have news for Hinojosa; the area superintendent job was a new position they began several years back. The county ran just fine with out them, just like it runs fine with out the ALT positions. Funny how they are all concerned that these people are leaving to APS but they don't care that teachers are leaving to APS and Fulton County. Paulding County salary schedule has caught up with CCSD. We are losing teachers to other counties and professions but the board doesn't care about that. DO NOT replace any areas and do away with the position. It is the superintendents job to oversea the principals.
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