BOE to discuss permanency of interim superintendent

JONESBORO — The Clayton County Board of Education is set to meet for its monthly work session Monday. And topping its list of house-keeping agenda items is discussion on its next permanent superintendent.

School board Chairwoman Dr. Pam Adamson said the board is planning to discuss the possibility of permanently appointing Interim Superintendent Luvenia Jackson to the post.

“We have had requests from board members to discuss appointing Ms. Jackson as our permanent superintendent,” said Adamson. “Much of the discussion will occur in executive session since she is an employee and portions of the discussion will relate to her performance as such.”

She said the topic is being placed on both the upcoming work session and meeting agendas, but there is no expectation that action will be taken Monday.

The discussion is fine, but there needs to be a national search, said C. Cynamon Baldwin, president and spokeswoman for the Clayton County Branch of the NAACP.

Baldwin said she wants to stifle any attempts to appoint a permanent superintendent without a nationwide search and community input. She said residents have waited more than a year to be involved in the search that has yet to get underway.

Former Superintendent Dr. Edmond Heatley resigned as chief officer of Clayton County Public Schools effective Sept. 30, 2012, andreplaced Oct. 1, 2012, by Jackson on a temporary basis. To date, officials have announced no prospects to fill the position permanently.

Jackson’s renewed contract as interim superintendent is set to expire Dec. 31.

Officials planned to have public forums and produced an online survey regarding the superintendent search last spring but no announcements have been made.

“It’s past due,” said Baldwin. “We should be beating down the doors of those elected officials and school board members.”

Officials said six individuals have served as superintendent since 2005, including three who functioned in interim roles. There have been four permanent hires in that time.

Baldwin said she is calling on residents and stakeholders in the county to attend Monday’s work session and be active participants inholding their elected officials accountable.

The work session agenda also includes delegate and alternate appointments to the Georgia School Boards Association and updates on the association’s legislative positions.

Officials expect to discuss naming the county’s 10th high school. The board will have a second reading ofPolicy Series G regarding personnel.

There also will be a review of the district’s purchasing and financial reports, SPLOST IV revenue report and personnel changes report.

Board members expect to receive updates on the Georgia legislature and SPLOST construction.

Monday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m., in the board room at 1058 Fifth Ave. in Jonesboro.