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Dr. Grant Rivera, Superintendent

 
Dr. Grant Rivera is a career educator committed to serving every child and supporting every family. He believes great schools and communities are built on the combined talents of talented educators and an engaged community. He serves as the Superintendent of Marietta City Schools, becoming the 13th superintendent since 1892, leading the district's 12 schools, approximately 8,900 students and 1,200 employees. Prior to this position, he served as the Chief of Staff for the Cobb County School District, which has 112 schools and over 111,000 students. He was a principal for nine years at three high schools: South Cobb High School in Austell (2005-2009), Campbell High School in Smyrna (2009-2011), and Westlake High School in South Fulton County (2011-2014). Prior to being appointed principal, Grant held positions as a high school assistant principal, special education teacher, and coach in the Cobb County School District.

Grant received his bachelor’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama. He holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Alabama, with an emphasis in school law. Grant has been associated with numerous professional development activities in the area of school law, school law enforcement officer research, and special education law.

He also served as adjunct professor of educational law at the University of West Georgia. Grant has worked with school districts around the country as a consultant and practitioner for school improvement and family engagement. Grant and his wife, Jenn, have two daughters - Lauren and Reese.
 
  
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Dr. Jami Frost, Deputy Superintendent

Jami Frost is the Deputy Superintendent for Marietta City Schools. She is a highly experienced and dedicated education professional with a passion for student success. With over 29 years of experience in the field of education, she has held various leadership roles, including 13 years as a principal in two elementary schools: Dowell Elementary in Marietta (2005-2010) and Ford Elementary in Acworth (2010-2018). Before serving as principal, she also held the position of assistant principal, instructional lead teacher, and teacher.  Most recently, she served as an Assistant Superintendent in the Cobb County School District in Georgia, overseeing the daily operations of 22 schools. Throughout her career, she has ensured each student has the support and resources needed to succeed.

Dr. Frost holds a bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Teaching from Auburn University and a master’s degree in middle grades education, as well as leadership certification from the University of West Georgia. She has a proven track record of implementing successful programs and initiatives to support student learning and growth. Dr. Frost works tirelessly to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education. She is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment where students can reach their full potential.

In her free time, Dr. Frost enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading, and visiting Lake Martin in Alabama.

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Erin I. Franklin, Chief Financial Officer

Erin Franklin is a Certified Public Accountant  with over 30 years of experience in finance, budgeting, and accounting in both education and the private sector.   

After serving for 17 years in Cobb County Schools, Erin joined Marietta City Schools as Director of Finance in 2006, and has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2016. She brings invaluable experience to all school district financial functions. Under her leadership, MCS has consistently been awarded the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, which is the highest form of recognition in governmental and financial reporting.  

Erin is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Georgia Society of CPA’s, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO).  

She resides in Marietta with her husband and four children.  

 

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Michele Sayles Harris, Chief of Special Services and Educational Supports

Michele Sayles Harris comes to Marietta with 23 years of expertise in special education, including seven as an Executive Director, nine years as a special education supervisor, and seven years as a special education classroom teacher. During her seven years as Executive Director at Paulding County School District, Ms. Sayles Harris and her team realized an increase in the graduation rate for students with disabilities, as well as in increase in the district's Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) target.

Ms. Sayles Harris holds an Ed.S in Administration and Supervision, with an add-on in Educational Leadership both from the University of West Georgia. She earned her Masters of Arts in Behavior Disorders from Clark Atlanta University and her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Psychology and minor in Exceptional Children from Georgia State University. Michele resides in Mableton with her youngest child, her two older children are in college.


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Dr. Marco Holland, Chief Human Resources Officer

Marco Holland is a career educator with over 22 years of experience. During his 16-year tenure as a high school, middle school, and elementary school principal, Holland improved instructional programs, made effective use of data to solve complex problems, established strong community and school partnerships, and implemented processes that improved organizational culture.

In his most recent role, Marco served as the Senior Officer of Secondary School Governance for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, where he was responsible for human capital management along with providing tiered support, direct supervision, and evaluating 10 high schools and four middle schools. 

Marco received his Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in Education from the University of West Georgia. He earned his Educational Specialist Degree at Jacksonville State University and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration at Liberty University. Holland served six years in the United States Army Reserves in the field of medical logistics, in which he managed the procurement and distribution of medical resources and equipment.

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Chuck Gardner, Chief Operations Officer

Chuck Gardner is a career educator committed to ensuring that every child receives a high-quality education that prepares them for the life they choose. He served as Principal of Riverwood High School, Sandy Springs Middle School, and Frank McClarin High School in Fulton County Schools before coming to Marietta as Chief Operations Officer in 2019, where he oversees Capital Programs, Facilities, Maintenance, School Nutrition, Transportation, School Safety, and Information Technology. He has overseen the successful completion of more than $70 million in school construction and renovation projects over the last five years.

Chuck received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, a master’s degree from Kennesaw State University, and a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in School Improvement at the University of West Georgia. He has served as a regular speaker at national conferences, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the National Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

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Chris Fiore, Chief Communications Officer

Chris Fiore is an Emmy-nominated communications executive known for his expertise in public-sector communications. As Chief Communications Officer for Marietta City Schools (MCS), Fiore brings over a decade of experience in strategic communication and public relations.

Fiore's career is marked by significant roles, such as Public Information Director for the Louisiana Department of Labor and head of communications for South Lake Tahoe, California. His transformative work ranges from managing million-dollar marketing campaigns to overseeing effective regional responses during crises such as COVID-19.

As a seasoned television news journalist, Fiore reported on major global events, including the war in Afghanistan and hurricanes on the Carolina and Louisiana coasts. His ability to deliver critical information under high-stress situations has earned him respect and recognition in the field.

Now back in Georgia, where he kickstarted his career in the Public Information Office for the City of Savannah, Fiore is committed to elevating MCS's strategic communications and media relations. His dedication extends beyond his professional life, serving in leadership roles for various volunteer organizations, including the American Red Cross.

Fiore's work has earned him a Davey Award, a Top 40 Under 40 recognition, and numerous professional recognitions, solidifying his reputation as a visionary in public communications.

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Kim Blass, Chief Impact Officer

Kim Blass brings extensive experience working at the intersection of communications and development to her position as the district’s Chief Impact Officer, where she drives strategy that helps make Marietta City Schools “special, different, and better.” Her team in External Affairs, Marietta Community School, and the Marietta College and Career Academy creates district and community impact by bringing opportunities and resources to our students, staff, and families.

Kim’s background includes consulting for Coxe Curry & Associates, where her numerous nonprofit clients included colleges, schools, arts organizations, and social service providers. She also worked as the chief marketing and communications officer at The Lovett School, and has held communications positions at several other leading Atlanta-area institutions, including Northside Hospital and the Atlanta History Center.

Kim is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attended graduate school at Georgia State University. She proudly serves the community through her board appointments with the Cobb Chamber, the United Way of Greater Atlanta in Cobb, the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, the Marietta Arts Council, and the Kennesaw State University Community Advisory Council. Kim is a member of the Leadership Cobb Class of 2020 and the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute Class of 2023.

Kim and her husband, P. Gray Kelly, have two children, both of whom have attended Marietta City Schools.


Superintendent's Cabinet

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    Dr. Jami Frost
    Deputy Superintendent
    250 Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7268
    Dr. Marco Holland
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    250 Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: (770) 422-3500
    Chief Special Services Officer
    for Special Services
    250-B Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7238
    Chuck Gardner
    Chief Operations Officer
    250 Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: (770) 422-3500 ext. 7257
    Chris Fiore
    Chief Communications Officer
    250 Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone (770) 422-3500, ext. 7282
    Kimberly Blass
    Chief Impact Officer
    250 Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: (770) 422-3500 ext. 7289
    Erin I. Franklin
    Chief Financial Officer
    250 Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7233