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Jackson gets contract extension

Superintendent search process slow-going

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Education voted 9-3 Monday to extend the contract of Interim Superintendent Luvenia Jackson until Dec. 31, 2014.

School spokesman David Waller said the extension did not include a pay increase.

Waller said Jackson’s contract would have expired Sept. 30. It can be terminated by either party with 60 days notice.

Board members Mark Christmas, Jessie Goree and Michael King opposed the measure.

Waller said the extension was handled as a personnel matter in executive session, so there was no discussion during Monday’s public work session.

Goree said later in an interview with the Clayton News Daily that her vote did not reflect on Jackson’s performance but on the superintendent search process itself.

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Retired educator Luvenia Jackson is sworn in as Clayton County Public Schools’ interim superintendent in early October.

“I just want to make it very clear that I do support Ms. Jackson,” she said. “I think she’s done a great job as interim superintendent. My vote, really, was a vote against the process.”

She said the search process stalled since Dr. Edmond Heatley left the position in September. However, the school board has managed to put together an online survey for citizen input.

“I feel like we’re prolonging a situation that we don’t need to prolong,” she said. “We need a permanent position for the school district. I don’t see a reason for us to extend the contract for an interim superintendent. I think we should have opened it up and if she (Jackson) wanted to be up for the position she could.”

Jackson is paid $195,000 a year as interim superintendent. That pay rate would continue through the extended contract.