Former Fulton school superintendent moves again

Feb 05, 2018
  • By Sonja Isger Andrew Marra
Robert Avossa, the former Superintendent of Fulton County Schools, left here to go to Palm Beach County, Florida. He announced Monday he plans to leave that school system take a job in publishing. JOHNNY CRAWFORD / JCRAWFORD@AJC.COm

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa, who led Fulton County Schools for four years, will resign in June to take a position at a Palm Beach Gardens publishing house.

In a letter to school board members, Avossa announced he had accepted a job as senior vice president at LRP Communications. His resignation is effective June 12.

“This opportunity will allow me to spend the last part of my career impacting education at the national level while affording me more time to commit to my family,” he wrote.

School Board member Erica Whitfield said she was saddened by the news.

“I’m devastated, absolutely devastated,” she said. “I adore him. He’s been a very special leader.”

Avossa was widely praised from 2011 to 2015 when he helped Fulton County Schools improve important benchmarks such as graduation rates.