JONESBORO — During a special called meeting Monday morning, the Clayton County Board of Education unanimously approved Morcease Beasley as the district’s new superintendent. Beasley currently serves as Clayton County Public Schools’ chief school improvement officer.

Beasley was awarded a three-year contract to begin July 1 through June 30, 2020, with an annual salary of $300,000.

“It’s been a process to get here, many years, and I’m honored and humbled,” Beasley said following the approval.

Board Chairwoman Pam Adamson said Beasley “stood above all others” during the board’s nationwide search.

Outgoing Superintendent Luvenia Jackson said the board has paved the way for “a very smooth transition,” with Beasley expected to take the reigns from Jackson on July 1.

Beasley was announced as the board’s “sole finalist for superintendent” on April 24 after more than a month of interviewing nine candidates.

According to the contract “the superintendent shall have full and complete charge of the administration of the schools,” which includes participating in all meetings of the board; direct, assign and transfer teachers and other school district employees under his direct supervision; follow board policy and contracts, organize and arrange the administrative and supervisory staff as best serves the school district, subject to approval of the board; and assume responsibility for the overall financial planning of the district.

Additionally, Beasley is charged with suggesting policies, rules, regulations and procedures deemed necessary for the well-order of the school district.

Benefits of the position include a $1,500 monthly housing allowance and an $800 monthly car allowance for the first year, to increase annually. The BOE will also provide Beasley with the use of equipment and technology “suited to the efficient performance of his duties,” which includes a cell phone, laptop, home fax machine, home phone line and Internet.

Beasley began working for the district in July 2016 and has served in educational leadership positions in Alabama, Texas and Georgia.

“I know the community, and I’ve worked in and out of state. I believe my services and expertise are what this community needs and can be of value,” Beasley said in April after the board’s announcement.

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