JONESBORO Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley was named late Friday as the sole finalist for the superintendent’s job with the Berkeley Unified School District, in Berkeley, Calif., late Friday, Clayton News Daily has learned.
The newspaper was attempting to confirm reports that Berkeley school officials were in Jonesboro Friday morning to interview principals about Heatley’s leadership skills. While investigating those reports, a reporter received a tip the California school system had announced Heatley as its sole finalist.
In a statement, Berkeley school officials confirmed they were in Clayton County over the last few days.
“I am excited about the opportunity to join a high-achieving team focused on ensuring that every student has the opportunity to achieve greatness,” said Heatley in the statement. “I believe in a fair break for every child and that all students can learn. It is great to see that the Berkeley community feels the same way, putting action behind their words.”
Heatley will be required to undergo background checks and is expected to be offered a contract sometime this month, according to Berkeley schools. He tendered his resignation to Clayton school board Chair Pamela Adamson Wednesday but where he was headed was initially shrouded in mystery.
Although unconfirmed by anyone willing to go on the record, Clayton News Daily has learned the list of people interviewed by Berkeley officials — at Heatley’s suggestion — may have included Jonesboro Principal Stephanie Johnson, Charles R. Drew High School Principal Gary Townsend, Lovejoy High School Principal Keith Colbert, Clayton County Education Association representatives and some parents.
Clayton schools officials reportedly held a breakfast reception Friday for Berkeley school officials. Berkeley School Board President Karen Hemphill led the team which conducted the interviews.
Heatley came to Clayton County Public Schools in 2009 from the Chino Valley, Calif., school system.