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Superintendent search process to commence in fall

JONESBORO — With an interim superintendent in place through 2014, school officials expect to begin an earnest search for a permanent schools chief in the coming weeks.

Clayton County Board of Education Chair Pam Adamson said the board plans to begin mapping out a superintendent search process this fall.

Luvenia Jackson has served in an interim role since October, following the resignation of former Superintendent Dr. Edmond Heatley.

In April, the board extended Jackson’s contract through December 2014. Her original contract was set to expire in September.

Adamson said the extension should allow the board time to complete the search “deliberately and without rushing.”

The board plans to use its attorney, Clem Doyle, and the Georgia School Boards Association to guide the search. She said members will meet with GSBA officials to agree on a plan, procedures and timeline.

Until then, she said, she is pleased with Jackson’s performance.

“Ms. Jackson continues to lead the district with integrity and excellence,” said Adamson. “Student achievement on state-mandated assessments has increased and staff morale has improved. Great things are happening in Clayton County Schools.”