Superintendent to appoint Riverdale principal, cabinet members

By Curt Yeomans


Clayton County Corrective Superintendent John Thompson will make his recommendation for the new principal at Riverdale High School.

The school has been without a permanent principal since July 2007, when former principal Gloria Duncan was named the district's Interim Superintendent. She replaced the district's former leader, Barbara Pulliam, who abruptly resigned. Duncan has since been replaced by Thompson, and now serves as his special assistant to help him work on the ongoing accreditation crisis.

She has applied to become the district's superintendent again when the position becomes open next year. Terry Young, Riverdale High School's former assistant principal, has served as the school's interim principal since Duncan left.

On Friday, Thompson said he was still interviewing candidates, and planned to interview out-of-town candidates for the position over the weekend. He said Duncan did not express an interest in the job, and is therefore not a candidate for the position.

Thompson also said he will make recommendations for the chief academic officer and chief information officer positions. This is part of an administrative shake-up which began shortly after Thompson arrived in the district in April. All administrators had to re-apply for their jobs.

The district previously had two chief academic officers, one for elementary schools, and another for middle and high schools. The academic positions will be merged. Anthony Smith is currently the chief academic officer for secondary education, while Debbie Bass is the chief academic officer for elementary education.

Overall, the board will have a small business agenda this month. In addition to Thompson's personnel recommendations, the board will also vote to accept a bid for a classroom addition at Jackson Elementary School, and a change order for the construction of Mt. Zion Primary School. Thompson will also ask the board to approve his appointments for tribunal members, who will conduct personnel hearings.

The board will also perform its monthly duty of approving the financial, purchasing, construction and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax III (SPLOST) reports.

There will be an update on the accreditation issue. The district has one month left until the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' (SACS) Sept. 1 deadline to show improvement arrives. The school system faces a loss of accreditation, if nine mandates for improvement have not been met by the end of the month.