The Clayton County School Board didn’t go far in finding a new district superintendent, and upset some by settling for the longtime educator who’s held the interim job for nearly two years.
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Staff writer Eric Stirgus contributed to this article.
Clayton Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: A Timeline
November 2007: Several members of the Clayton County school board file complaints with SACS citing what they consider unethical behavior by fellow board members.
August 2008: SACS revokes accreditation for the Clayton County School District. It is the first school system in 40 years to lose its accreditation. The loss is not due to academics but to a dysfunctional school board, ethics complaints and violations of the state’s open meeting law. Gov. Sonny Perdue removes four school board members, saying they violated their duties.
May 2009: Accreditation is restored on a probationary basis.
August 2011: The Clayton school system celebrates accreditation being fully restored.
January 2012: Reports say board members have been preoccupied with personality clashes, sanctions against fellow board members and other drama.
September 2012: Clayton school Superintendent Ed Heatley receives a “letter of concern” from SACS. The letter questions whether the school board is having issues similar to those that caused the system to lose accreditation in 2008.
April 2013: A review team of 12 evaluators visit Clayton schools as part of a regular five-year accreditation review; the district retains its accreditation.
About the new Superintendent
Name: Luvenia W. Jackson
Job: Superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools
Experience: 33 years in public education, including stints as a special education teacher, president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Association of Educators, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent for student services, chief of student services for policy and legislation, chief communications and information officer and special assistant to the superintendent.
Education: bachelor of science, elementary special education and early childhood elementary education, Georgia State University; master of education, administration and supervision, Georgia State University; master of education in interrelated special education, Georgia State University; education specialist, education leadership administration and supervision, West Georgia College.