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Clayton BOE releases superintendent search survey

Source: Clayton County Public Schools

Source: Clayton County Public Schools

JONESBORO — A survey is available for residents to provide input on Clayton County Board of Education’s superintendent search process.

“We’re really trying to put it out there as far as we can so people can access the survey and provide input,” said school spokeswoman Vicki Gavalas.

The board has released a four-question survey, available in print and online, with space for additional comments.

Board members have been at odds as to how to begin their search process since 2012, when Luvenia Jackson was appointed to temporarily take on the responsibilities as superintendent of schools.

Jackson previously worked as an educator and administrator in Clayton County Public Schools. She returned Oct. 1, 2012, as a temporary fill-in for former superintendent Dr. Edmond Heatley, who resigned that September.

Jackson was to be in the interim superintendent role only for a few months as the board searched for Heatley’s permanent replacement. However, she has been in the position for a year and a half, the board has yet to start the superintendent search process and Jackson has a contract that expires Dec. 31, 2014.

Gavalas said the board is putting out the second of its superintendent search surveys this month.

She said the questionnaire will be available March 15 - April 15. She said the board will gather community input until April 15.

The survey asks individual stakeholders to identify themselves as either a community member, an employee, a parent or a student.

It asks if residents want the board to conduct a search for a permanent superintendent, and if so, should that search be local, statewide, regional or nationwide?

Lastly, the survey asks respondents how they prefer to give input about the superintendent search — through online survey, paper survey, mail, through a public forum or by other means.

Comments are also welcome, said Gavalas.

To fill out the survey online, visit www.clayton.k12.ga.us. Paper surveys will be available at schools March 17 and should be mailed to: Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Survey, 49 Atlanta St., Marietta, Ga. 30060.