Rome City Schools Assistant Superintendent Brittney Wilson plans to resign June 30, just over a year after she became the first to fill the post since the 2010-2011 school year, according to Superintendent Lou Byars.
Byars said Wilson informed him of her plans Monday, when contracts for next year were sent out — intent letters were sent out in January. The last day of her contract is June 30. In a news release from the system Tuesday night, reasons for Wilson’s departure were to “explore new educational experiences and other professional opportunities.” Byars would not comment if Wilson was relocating for another job.
Wilson did not return a request for comment Wednesday night.
The system has already set out to look for internal candidates to replace Wilson, Byars said. Wilson “will be given other duties” — work connected to plans for a college and career academy at Rome High and grants for it — if a replacement is found before her resignation date, he continued.
The Rome Board of Education approved the hiring of Wilson during a meeting May 9, 2017, and she started the job in early June. To add Wilson, the system cut two central office positions — chief of technology and chief of federal programs and human resources — Byars said at that time.
Prior to coming to Rome, Wilson served as the chief academic officer for Calhoun City Schools and chief executive officer for the Calhoun CCA. Her experience with CCAs was seen as an asset as Rome City Schools pushed forward in selling its ELOST — education local option sales tax — package to voters in the run-up to last November’s election to extend the 1-cent sales tax. Additionally, in her new position she was to play an integral role in establishing Rome’s CCA and making it an effective tool in preparing students for life after high school.
Work is currently underway to construct a new practice football field at the high school, an initial step to building the multipurpose facility which will house the CCA, which will be built on the site of the current field.