By Rachel Shirey
JONESBORO — The Clayton County school board will begin its search for a new superintendent following Thanksgiving break, but they don’t expect to fill the position until next summer.
Following former superintendent Dr. Edmond Heatley’s September resignation, the board chose to put the process on hold due to the recent elections.
However, the school board plans to hit the ground running next week with an online survey, followed by online listings and a community forum after the first of the year.
“I’m looking for a strong leader and that’s one of the reasons of having the survey,” said Mary Baker, school board vice-chairwoman.
The board is looking for someone with experience in education, but that candidate might not be able to join the school board until their school year is completed.
School board attorney Glenn Brock has taken the lead on the initiative and Baker anticipates a large influx of applications.
Brock was also responsible for recruiting Heatley in 2009, when the school district was on probation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Luvenia Jackson is currently serving as interim superintendent until the position can be filled permanently.
School board run-off elections will be held Dec. 4 between District 7 incumbent Trinia Garrett and Judy Johnson, and District 2 incumbent Wanda Smith and Mark Christmas.
For more updates, visit the Clayton County Public School’s Website at www.clayton.k12.ga.us/.