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Clayton BOE to discuss organizational chart

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Following the elimination of several administrative positions -- part of the Clayton County School System's recent budget cuts -- the board of education is scheduled to review the district's new organizational chart on Monday.

The school board is meeting at 4 p.m., to discuss an accreditation-related personnel matter in executive session, according to School Board Chairperson Alieka Anderson. The board is then scheduled to meet again at 6 p.m., for its monthly work session.

Both meetings will take place at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, which is located at 1058 Fifth Ave., in Jonesboro.

The district's organizational chart will be the first thing the board will discuss in public, during the work session. According to an agenda for the meeting, the discussion will take place during Superintendent Edmond Heatley's updates to the board.

"The board members should have received a copy of the organizational chart in their board packets already, so they should have already had a chance to review it, and ask any questions they may have," Anderson said. "But, if somebody has any questions at the meeting, they will have an opportunity to ask them."

Earlier this summer, the highest levels of Clayton County Public Schools' administration underwent a major shake-up, in the wake of budget cuts that included the elimination of several central office positions.

Among the changes in the new organizational chart, which went into effect on July 1, are the elimination of several academic coordinator positions, one area assistant superintendent slot, the assistant superintendent of support services position, and the district's research, evaluation and development department.

Several new positions have been created, though, including a "data warehouse" director, support staffs for the remaining area assistant superintendents, and the chief administrative officer slot, which is filled by Douglas Hendrix (formerly the district's chief human resources officer, a position that has been eliminated).

In other action scheduled to take place during the work session, the school board is expected to review policies dealing with instructional programs, fiscal and business management, facility-expansion programs, negotiations, and general public relations.

School board members are also scheduled to review bids for the construction of auxiliary gymnasiums at Jonesboro and North Clayton high schools.