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Superintendent search survey deadline Tuesday

Source: Clayton County Public Schools

Source: Clayton County Public Schools

JONESBORO — Tuesday is the deadline for residents to provide input on the Clayton County Board of Education’s superintendent search survey.

The questionnaire has been circulating in the community for the past month, asking stakeholders to give their take on how the search process should move forward.

The board made the four-question poll available in print and online last month.

School spokeswoman Vicki Gavalas said the goal was to give as many residents as possible access to the survey, drafted by board members Mary Baker, Jessie Goree and Vice Chairwoman Dr. Alieka Anderson.

The survey asks if respondents want the board to conduct a search for a permanent superintendent; if that search should be local, statewide, regional or national; and in what medium residents prefer to give further input about the search. It also includes space and opportunity to provide comments.

The board at large has been at odds on the superintendent search process since 2012, when Luvenia Jackson was appointed temporarily to the post.

Jackson, who previously worked as an educator and administrator, returned to the district Oct. 1, 2012, as a temporary fill-in for former superintendent Dr. Edmond Heatley, who resigned that September.

She was to be the interim superintendent role only for a few months as the board searched for Heatley’s permanent replacement. However, she remains in that position more than a year and a half later and her extended contract is set to expire Dec. 31, 2014.

The board put out its second survey March 15 to collect community input until April 15, when a third party will compile the results and submit them to the board. The third party is one of the board’s representing law firms, Marietta-based Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun & Rogers LLC.

Gavalas said the board’s search survey committee — comprising Baker, Goree and Anderson — agreed on the collection measures in order to remove any appearance of impropriety in the process.

“We have taken great pains to make sure that the process was not tainted and does not have the appearance of being tainted,” she said.

Gavalas said a report will be made and presented to the board during its April 28 work session.

Paper surveys are available at schools and can be mailed to Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Survey, 49 Atlanta St., Marietta, Ga. 30060. The online version is available at www.clayton.k12.ga.us.