Frederick County Public Schools has tapped two people to lead new departments in the school system this year.

Jamie Aliveto and Margaret Lee have been promoted to lead the System Accountability and School Administration and Organizational Development departments.

Aliveto has been named the new executive director of SASA — the System Accountability and School Administration Department — which combines the former School Administration and Leadership Department and the System Accountability and School Improvement Department.

Aliveto was the former director of the System Accountability and School Improvement Department. When asked about her new role, Aliveto said not much is changing except whom she oversees.

“The biggest difference for me is that this position has oversight of all of our school administrators (principal and assistant principals) in our 67 schools and the Directors who oversee their leadership,” Aliveto said in an email.

She said the new department was created to combine the work of three main areas: system accountability, school improvement and school leadership.

“The main mission is ... to hire, support, and inspire strong leaders to achieve our systemic goals, specifically to eliminate the achievement gap,” Aliveto said.

Aliveto first came to FCPS in 1997 as a special education teacher. Since then she has held many positions in the school system, including principal of Walkersville Middle School and student achievement supervisor for the district.

“I feel honored, thrilled and anxious all at the same time,” Aliveto said of her new position. “I want the families in Frederick County to know that I’ve served the students and families in our community for over 20 years and remain committed to putting our students first as we strive to create inspiring, positive, and supportive cultures for learning in our schools.”

In addition to Aliveto’s position, Lee has been promoted to serve as director of the new Organizational Development Department. The new department will focus on supporting FCPS employees’ professional growth.

Lee began her career with FCPS in 1996 as a language arts teacher. She has also served as assistant principal at Thurmont Middle School and was named Advanced Academics supervisor in 2010.

Superintendent Terry Alban, who has been leading a charge to reorganize the structure of central office, could not be reached for comment on the new roles and departments.

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