Education

Deputy superintendent not a candidate for vacant Bibb post

A school district administrator may be in line for a superintendent’s job, but it won’t be in Bibb County.

Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, Bibb County’s deputy superintendent of operations, is one of two finalists for the top spot in the Rome city school district. She said she didn’t apply for Bibb’s vacant position.

“I did not apply for Bibb because I knew the committee was looking for someone with superintendency experience,” she said.

That assessment lines up with comments from board member Lynn Farmer earlier this month.

Castlin-Gacutan’s prospective exit isn’t a reflection of any bad feelings toward Bibb County, she said, adding that the board office is somewhere she enjoys coming to work.

“I love working in Bibb County,” she said. “The people here are fantastic.”

She described the Rome position as a “good fit” for her current career arc. Castlin-Gacutan has also worked as an elementary school principal and in the district office in Clarke County before a stint at Shorter College as the director of the Center for Teacher Preparation.

A superintendent’s job would be a solid next step in that journey, she said.

“It is one of my goals. I really enjoy the work. I love being in education,” she said. “The superintendency is part of the progression through the field.”

That doesn’t mean the top post in a public school system would be the end of that progression for Castlin-Gacutan, though. She hasn’t ruled out a return to higher education at some point down the road.

“I enjoy that as well. So much of the work, at the heart of it, is teaching,” she said of her work at Shorter. “I’m sure at some point in my career, I’ll go back to that.”

A final decision for the position in Rome is not expected until after Nov. 26.

To contact writer Jeremy Timmerman, call 744-4331.

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