Superintendent search begins with online survey

JONESBORO — Six months after Superintendent Dr. Edmond Heatley resigned as chief officer of Clayton County Public Schools, there are still no prospects for the position.

That new hire would be the fourth in less than a decade, according to school officials. Altogether, six individuals have served as superintendent since 2005, including three who functioned in interim roles.

School board members now have questions on how to go about searching for the seventh. They are soliciting input from the community through an online survey available at www.clayton.k12.ga.us.

“Let’s make sure that we’re doing everything that we’re doing in order,” said District 7 member Judy Johnson.

She and District 2 member Mark Christmas are the board’s newest members; they took office in January after defeating incumbents last fall. For them, and some other board members, the superintendent search is a new experience.

Luvenia Jackson is the interim superintendent who took the helm Oct. 1, after Heatley resigned.

Jackson is a retired educator of more than 30 years. She last served as assistant superintendent of student services for the district and is expected to serve as superintendent the remainder of the school year.

Clayton County resident Gail Hambrick lauded Jackson for her work the past few months and urged the board to consider asking her to stay on.

“I’m asking you all to please extend her contract,” said Hambrick. “Please, let’s keep Ms. Jackson.”

Officials said the board plans to host four public forums this month regarding the superintendent search. Dates and locations have yet to be announced. The forums are expected to include discussions on hiring a search firm.


MD 1 year, 7 months ago

He, or she must be African American, or they don't stand a chance, no matter how good they are. Might as well make that known right from the start.


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