Decatur schools COO leaves for Griffin-Spalding job

City Schools Decatur’s Chief Operating Officer Kiawana Kennedy has resigned to become assistant superintendent of administrative services for the Griffin-Spalding County school system.

Kennedy, who’s worked 24 years in education, including the last 19 in administration, had been at CSD for five years. She leaves to take the No. 2 job in a system that has 10,600 students—more than double Decatur’s size—and 1,500 employees.

Kennedy’s final day was June 30, and she started with Griffin-Spalding this week.

“This is a good move for her,” said Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards. “I believe she’s on track to becoming a superintendent.”

Edwards resigned in March though she has agreed to continue working until her successor’s hired. Kennedy told the AJC Thursday she did not apply for the Decatur job.