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Clayton BOE to decide 'qualities' of new leader

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Board of Education will meet Saturday for a round-table discussion with attorney Glenn Brock to review community input gathered during last year's superintendent search, and to decide on the type of person who should be leading the school system.

Brock's firm, Brock, Clay, Calhoun and Rogers, was hired earlier this month to conduct a national search for a new superintendent. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., at the district's Professional Learning Center, 1087 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro.

"We're going to sit down and discuss what we're looking for as far as the superintendent position is concerned," School Board Chairperson Alieka Anderson said. "We're going to talk about what qualifications, personality, qualities and experience we think this person should have."

Brock previously served the school system as a special accreditation attorney from December 2007 to April 2008. Brock called former members of the board "unethical" and deceptive," when he quit his accreditation-related work back then. But, after he was hired to do the search March 3, he said he felt "very positive" about an entirely-revamped board.

Early last year, the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates was conducting a permanent superintendent search for the school board, but those plans were scrapped in favor of a temporary, corrective superintendent. The adjusted search led to the board hiring Superintendent John Thompson a day before Brock announced he was quitting his work for the board.

Thompson's contract is set to expire on June 30. For the new search, the board has set a July 1 target date as the first day of the new superintendent's employment.

"If we don't have anyone in place by then, we, at least, want the people to know we have a plan in place to find someone," Anderson said.

Brock could not be reached for comment.