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Dr. Russell Brock named Assistant Superintendent of GCSS

May 20, 2024 

Greensboro, Ga. — Dr. Russell Brock has been named one of the Assistant Superintendents of the Greene County School System. Dr. Brock, who will continue his current responsibilities which include managing human resources and the district’s school safety program, will share assistant superintendent responsibilities with current Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rotonya Rhodes. 

This is not the first time GCSS has employed two assistant superintendents. Previously the roles were split between Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources & Accountability. The roles merged into one under Dr. Rotonya Rhodes with the retirement of previous Assistant Superintendent Dr. Thomas McClendon in 2021. However, with the recent expansion of state requirements and assistant superintendent responsibilities relating to school safety, facilities management, climate and culture, attendance, discipline, and several other areas, Superintendent Dr. Chris Houston moved to create more capacity in the role. 

“Splitting the assistant superintendent responsibilities between two people will create more stability and strengthen GCSS district leadership,” Dr. Houston said. “Not only will this create a stronger structure and more support for central office leadership, but it will create more support for our principals and, ultimately, our students and families.” 

Under Dr. Brock’s leadership as Executive Director of Human Resources since 2021, GCSS has maintained an excellent retention rate. In the post-pandemic era when districts across the state and nation have struggled to attract and maintain qualified staff, Greene County has begun each school year fully staffed and experienced less turnover than other nearby districts. 

A Greene County native, Dr. Brock, a U.S. Army Veteran, began his teaching career at GCHS in 1993, where he taught U.S. History and coached baseball and football. Over the years, he served as assistant principal and principal at several schools throughout the northeast Georgia area before returning to Greene County as Principal of Anita White Carson Middle School in 2016. Under Dr. Brock’s leadership, CMS was named a 2019-2020 Distinguished Breakout Middle School by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. In 2020, Dr. Brock was named a finalist in the GASSP’s Principal of the Year Program. One of six finalists overall, Dr. Brock was one of just two middle school principals to make finalist. 

Dr. Brock has also served in the leadership of several statewide professional educators’ associations, most recently as the president of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMPS) and an executive board member with the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL). 

“I am honored to serve as assistant superintendent in my hometown,” Dr. Brock said. “My goal is to provide customer service that will enable our faculty, staff, students, and parents to have the same outstanding educational experience in Greene County that I have been grateful to have as a student, teacher, and administrator over the years.”