Marietta City Schools will get a new chief operating officer, effective July 1, after the school board’s unanimous approval on Tuesday.
Chuck Gardner, who will move to Marietta City Schools from his position as principal of Riverwood High School, a charter school in Atlanta, grew up in Marietta and is a graduate of Lassiter High School.
Gardner has spent his career in education, including eight years teaching in the Cobb County School District, according to Tyler Gwynn, Marietta’s assistant superintendent of human resources. Gardner received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, as well as a master’s degree and specialist in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University.
Gardner will receive an annual salary of $130,000 in his new role.
The new chief operating officer replaces Erick Hofstetter, who will leave the district to assume the same role in the Paulding County School District, according to Marietta Superintendent Grant Rivera. Rivera said Hofstetter, who served at Marietta City Schools for four years, has led the district with “future-focused and tradition-rich” values.
“We are grateful for his unwavering commitment to our students, staff and families,” Rivera said.
A job description for Marietta’s chief operating officer indicates the position involves the supervision of all the district’s support services activities, including school nutrition, purchasing, insurance, facilities maintenance and construction and system records, among other departments.