Interim Superintendent Luvenia Jackson is sworn in Monday as Clayton County Public Schools' new leader. Jackson replaces former Superintendent Edmond Heatley, who resigned last month to pursue a failed bid to become superintendent of schools in Berkeley, Calif.
JONESBORO JONESBORO — Retired Clayton County Public Schools administrator Luvenia Jackson officially returned to the district Monday morning, when she was sworn in as the school system’s interim superintendent.
Clayton County Probate Court Judge Pam Ferguson administered the oath of office to Jackson in Ferguson’s courtroom, in front of several high-ranking district administrators. School board Chairperson Pamela Adamson, Vice-Chairperson Mary Baker and board member Jessie Goree also attended the ceremony.
After she took the oath of office, a giddy Jackson was congratulated by an equally giddy Ferguson and then signed some official paperwork.
“I’m so excited,” said Jackson, to Ferguson, as she signed an affidavit to abide by her oath.
“Yeah, I guess you are,” Ferguson replied.
Jackson, who retired from the district in 2010, is the sixth person in just over five years to serve as either interim superintendent, corrective action superintendent or permanent superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools.
She is coming out of retirement temporarily to replace former Superintendent Edmond Heatley while the school board searches for a new permanent schools chief. Heatley tendered his resignation in late August to pursue a failed bid to become superintendent of schools in Berkeley, Calif.
A reception for Jackson was held at the district’s Jonesboro-based central office after she was sworn in, but the new schools chief dove almost immediately into her new job. She spent less than five minutes at the reception before heading into a meeting with her cabinet. Her secretary said she was booked solid for her first day, with one scheduled meeting after another in her appointment book.
Tonight, she will participate in her first school board meeting as interim superintendent.
Before she retired two years ago, Jackson spent several years in the district and worked her way up through the ranks, from a teacher, to a school-level administrator and eventually the assistant superintendent for student services.
Her last post before retirement was as a special assistant to Heatley. In that position, she oversaw the re-writing of the district’s strategic plan and fundraising efforts for a scholarship program he created.
The special assistant position was eliminated when she retired.
Prior to returning to the school system, she was the administrator of Clayton County System of Care, a program which works with the county’s juvenile court system to help troubled youths.