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Assistant superintendent announces retirement

By Greg Gelpi

A veteran Clayton County school official and assistant superintendent announced his retirement last week.

John Ramage, assistant superintendent of facilities, purchasing and construction, said he will retire April 30 after 33 years of service.

Ramage said he decided to retire when a facilities consultant position became open with the state Department of Education and that the decision will allow him to collect retirement and a salary.

"This has been a great job," he said. "It's just time to retire. I've been knowing for many years that when I retire if a position was available in the state department in the facilities section I would take it. The deciding factor was that this job became available right now."

Ramage's retirement is one more change at the top of the Clayton County school system. The system hired new Superintendent Barbara Pulliam last month. She moved interim Deputy Superintendent Bill Horton to East Clayton Elementary School, where he serves as principal. Former interim Superintendent William Chavis retired a week prior to Ramage's retirement. Chavis had been working in the system's recruiting department.

Ramage has spearheaded efforts to look into extending the school system's current 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax, but he said his departure would "absolutely not" affect the SPLOST.

"This is not about John Ramage," he said. "This is about the kids of Clayton County."

Amidst rapid growth, the school system will open three school next year, and a new SPLOST would enable the system to continue building schools. The current SPLOST expires in December.