Heatley For Superintendent?

Should Edmond Heatley be CCPS next Superintendent?

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Edmond T. Heatley, Ed.D. is the lone finalist for Clayton County Public Schools superintendent, and according to news reports our Board of Education will vote tonight on whether or not he will be hired..

Aside from being a former marine and holding several degrees, Heatley was trained to run urban school districts at the Broad Superintendents Academy. He brings almost four years experience as superintendent of the Chino Valley Unified School District in California. Heatley was the frontrunner for Nevada’s Washoe County until he bowed out in favor of CCPS. During the meet-and-greet with Clayton residents, Heatley explained he prefers CCPS because he wants to lead an urban district as he’s been trained to do, and live closer to his aging parents.

Heatley’s concern for children was obvious during his meet-and-greet, and pretty much permeated everything he discussed. The worst comments I found on Heatley came from some disappointed Chino parents and students. As a result of Heatley’s recommendation to (and approved by) the Chino BOE, certain schools with low attendance records will be closed due to budget cuts. While their dissatisfaction is understandable, budget cuts in this economy are a given these days.

“I work for the Board,” Heatley told Clayton residents, making it clear that he understands his role. “I don’t give them direction, they give it to me.” He also mentioned his excellent relationship with the Chino BOE, and that shows in the majority of the articles I found. Although they didn’t always agree, Chino BOE members still speak highly of Heatley and felt losing him would hurt their district.

Heatley plans to make CCPS, “…data driven and student centered,” and is in favor of school uniforms. “From a safety standpoint, it’s one of the best things we can do,” he said, adding that uniforms will make it easier to identify who belongs on school property. Heatley wants to work with parents, as well as stakeholders without children, who want to be involved in CCPS. As per the AJC, Heatley’s children will be enrolled in CCPS, something he did not do during his Chino tenure. In addition, Heatley will not bring an entourage of new, higly paid employees with him. He will work with what CCPS already has, and will continue holding community forums.

The Chino district carries over 34,000 students in 36 schools. Heatley currently makes $250,000 a year, and his CCPS salary has not been disclosed.

An unexpected aspect of this meeting was interacting with BOE members afterwards because they asked constituents in attendance what we thought of Heatley – imagine that. Granted the BOE makes the final decision, but it was nice to be asked nonetheless.

Time will eventually tell this tale. But unlike past candidates, based on this meet-and-greet I got the impression/feeling that Heatley cares about students, wants the best for CCPS in general, and that every word he uttered wasn’t a load.

For those who didn’t attend here is a video of Heatley talking to Washoe County. While this is aimed at a different audience, it’s an opportunity to hear from Heatley directly about his accomplishments and some goals are similar to CCPS’ needs. Replays of Heatley’s Clayton meet and greet are supposed to be aired on Comcast’s channel 24.

What do you think of Edmond Heatley? So far the worst I’ve heard from residents is that he’s not from Georgia, which could be a good thing since he wouldn’t be obligated to anyone. Could he be a good fit for CCPS? How would you ask your BOE member to vote?

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HLS

May 18th, 2009
9:27 am

“Replays of Heatley’s Clayton meet and greet are “supposed” to be aired on Comcast’s channel 24?” — Come on Kimberly – a couple phone calls to residents would have gotten you the answer – that the Heatley/Clayton Meet and Greet is being aired on Comcast channel 24 – several times a day and have been for a the last several days and most likely to continue for awhile.

Maybe the best thing about Heatley is that he is from outside Georgia – Hopefully he won’t cowtow to some of the old line victim – woe is me crowd. If he teaches the students that their future is in their own hands and that thru hard work, anything is possible for them and if he also finds ways to encourage the parents to be involved – he will be worth his weight in gold. Give this man a chance.

kallen

May 18th, 2009
9:38 am

HLS – I do not have Comcast and neither do any of the residents I asked. Apparently the residents I personally know and talk to regularly use satellite TV. But I am glad to hear that it aired since they said it would at the meet and greet.

HLS

May 18th, 2009
9:50 am

Forgive me, Kim. This does bring up that the the School system needs to find other ways to communicate to as many constiuents as possible. Thank you for helping us voice our concerns.

val

May 18th, 2009
12:03 pm

I am glad to see Heatley coming to Clayton County. While first impressions aren’t always right, my first impression of him is extremely favorable. He is articulate and possess a presence that commands attention and respect instead of derision and disgust. While there are those who feel that we need a local in the position I welcome someone with fresh eyes, fresh views, and fresh ideas…it’s just what we need to get us from thinking “inside the box”. As a concerned citizen, I am pledging to become more involved in local politics including the school system and I look forward to working with and meeting Heatly in the future. I am wishing him much success in his new role because his success will also be our children’s success.

Oh please

May 18th, 2009
1:27 pm

I have to second that about Comcast. My family and I do not have cable of any sort but watch the new digital broadcast signals. The only way I could have seen the Meet & Greet was to actually be there. Unfortunately, it was not an opportunity I was able to take advantage of, but I don’t need to be convinced. Heatley sounds like an excellent choice for superintendent. He will be firm, but not unfair, like the previous superintendent. He will set an excellent example for students, and I am fully confident that his training and experience will make a positive difference in our school system. Way to go, BOE! Excellent choice!

Larry OKeeffe

May 18th, 2009
2:39 pm

I may regret this but I am going to post my comments regarding the New Superintendent.

Should Dr. Heatley be appointed tonight I believe he should be given a chance. As Superintendent of schools he is charged with the welfare of our children, as such he deserves and needs our support.

The current board was elected with a mandate to conduct a national search for a permanent Superintendent. They had the courage to step foreword in a time of crisis and take on this challenge. Despite many obstacles and attempts to manipulate the process they steadfastly remained true to the commitment they made to the community. Their decision deserves to be given a chance. I am committed to support the decision of the board whatever it may be, we must move foreword and overcome the divisiveness of the past.

On the face of it his credentials and fit appear good. He is experienced in a sizable school district (34,000) that district has shown improvement in student achievement across the board under his leadership.

In his interview with Washoe; which is still available on the web at

http://www.washoecountyschools.net/webTV/viewer.php?id=mms://207.197.113.247/4-22-09%20RB%20LB2&name=Edmond%20T.%20Heatley,%20Ed.D

He expressed a penchant for building relationships with staff, teachers and the community. He uses a monthly meeting with community groups in a “Soup and Sandwich” setting including Faith Based groups. Uses the term a world class education. He is currently dealing with a $44M cut to the budget. This candidate is leaving a district with parents upset over school closings. This may be an issue we will have to face in the future if enrollment does not rebound and funding continues to decline. He has previous experience as Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, Oceanside Unified School District. Where in 2003 he had experience in re-hiring 100 teachers that had been laid off due to budget cuts.

This man is a retired USMC Master Sgt. I have a great deal of respect for the Marine Corps and Master Sergeants are the backbone of the Corps. They are described as leaders of men and yet they are experienced in executing the orders of their superior officers, they carry out policy they don’t make it. This is not unlike the function of a Superintendent. At the same time they are not exactly known to be humble.

The State of California made extreme cuts to education funding, much more extreme than Georgia, $44,000,000 or 18.33% of Chino’s operating revenue. According to the April 20 Clayton County budget projection we will experience a $8,701,803 decrease in operating revenues this coming year or 2.19%, A cut of a proportional size as Chino’s to Clayton’s revenue would have been over $73,000,000. If we lost $73 million from our budget we would be closing schools left and right as well as cutting all but essential basic programs (and we would have no choice but to do so). The school closings in Chino are only projected to save the district $6,000,000 that leaves $38 million that they have to cut in other areas, these are tough decisions and it takes a tough and determined person to make them.

Pray for our schools
Larry O’Keeffe

kallen

May 18th, 2009
4:04 pm

No problem HLS! Also the video posted by Mr. O’Keeffe is the same video I posted in today’s blog :)

Why so afraid?

May 18th, 2009
10:55 pm

So he gets the job on a 5-4 vote. Not exactly a “mandate” from the board. And on the ESSENTIAL QUESTION of whether he will support teachers in matters of discipline, even when administrators do NOT, none of the current or former teachers on the board, who know FIRST HAND the importance of the question, can summon up the political will to ask him.

So he comes with no mandate, and no willingness to publically address what is most likely the number one problem in CCPS, supporting teachers discipline, during the vetting process, and a public who, instead of asking questions I guess they thought were too tough for a Marine to answer, instead just shouted Siemper Fi in an attempt to drown out any and all dissent.

Will we be saying not too long in the future, as we have in the past, that ClayCo is getting the school system it fully and richly deserves?

Larry OKeeffe

May 19th, 2009
9:28 am

Functionality of the Clayton County Board of Education.

To say I was uncomfortable at last nights Board of Education meeting would be an understatement. However I wish to point out some vital differences between this Board’s expression of disagreement and the previous experiences we have witnessed and endured.

My first impression was, they should recognize the fact that the majority would prevail and close ranks behind that decision. After further thought I came to the conclusion that my first impression was incorrect.

Each member took the opportunity to express their individual point of view and their reasoning regarding that view. This is not only their right it is their obligation. This board was elected by the community to fulfill a mandate unlike that faced by any of their predecessors. I like to think they were elected because of their strength of character. With such strength of character I would not expect them to meekly submit to the majority without expressing their dissenting opinions. While the members obviously were very passionate in their opinions they expressed those opinions without making the discussion a personal conflict. This is a most welcome and appreciated departure from previous experiences.

The decision to express dissenting opinion was not made lightly. Prior to the meeting I observed one member deep in prayer, obviously troubled about the decision they were about to vote on and the dissension that would become evident. Another member on the dissenting side of the vote took the time to thank Mr. Brock for his hard work and diligence in the performance of the search even if the outcome may not have been to their liking. Not one but several of those dissenting took the time to make it clear that they would support the new superintendent and their objection was in no way meant to cast any doubt about his qualifications to fulfill his duties. These are signs of strong and deliberate character.

Citizens in attendance were not meek in their expressions of dissatisfaction and frustration with the process. Many felt disenfranchised from the selection process. I understand and to some extent share their frustration. However I choose to walk a different path toward the expression of my dissatisfaction with the process.

The way we select superintendents in Clayton County does not lend itself to openness. This has lead to speculation about the legitimacy of the selection process. What I found most interesting in my research into the premature release of Dr. Heatley’s status as the lone finalist was the openness of the selection process used by the Washoe County School District in Nevada; This I believe is where we need to focus our efforts. The BOE used the process as it currently exists in Georgia. This process not only allows, it virtually compels them to do everything behind closed doors. The justification for this is that applicants do not want their interest in the job made public for fear of jeopardizing their current position. I do not agree with this argument.

If we have issues with the process then we must unite to change the process, not condemn the BOE for doing what is common practice in Georgia and allowed by the law. If Georgia Law allows for this closed door process and we do not like it then we need to change the law. There is a proper way to petition for a redress of grievances, and that I believe is the proper path for citizens to vent their frustration with the process of selecting a superintendent of schools.

Pray for our Schools
Larry O’Keeffe

BOB BOB

May 19th, 2009
11:16 am

It would seem that the vocal dissenting BOE members were not up on the particulars they say were either discussed in meetings or they say were not discussed in meetings. Why don’t they record them? They must not have learned to discuss, argue and ask questions in their closed door meeting, to then come to the public meetings as a unified group. This would foster confidence in the group and their process. Some would rather grandstand (think Noreese)- invoking the LORD, to change a vote they knew they would lose. There was a vote to delay the appointment of Heatly, it lost. The vote on appointing Heatley should have stood on its own – regardless of the previous action. The childish BOE members who did not get their way shows the BOE has a ways to go.
All the members said that Heatley is more than qualified. Was all this over the fact of 24 to 48 hours?

Mrs.B.Garcia

May 19th, 2009
11:54 am

I’m a parents from one of the schools here in chino,CA. That will be closing regarding the budget.Me as a parents and alot of the parents are very upset at Dr.Heatley, because in one of our meeting he told all of us including childrens “It is what it is so get over it”. To our point of veiw that was really sad for him to say that to us as a community, students and parents. I just hope that later on he wont come up to you persons and does the same thing like he did it to us here in CHINO VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT in California. I wish you people the best and hopefuly he wont do this again. Alot of parents are really mad upset angrey about the closure of El Rancho,Gird and Los Sereanos Elemtary School over here in Chino,CA.we pray every single day so our school wont get close.We wish you all the best.

SA

May 19th, 2009
12:19 pm

Why So Afraid?

The President of the United States just got his job with the same 5-4 split. And he’s got YOUR future in his hands. What’s your point? He’s addressed discipline in his forums. Now it’s time to find out if he actually means what he says. You should attend some of them before assuming it wasn’t asked of him.

JJJ

May 19th, 2009
1:22 pm

MS. Garcia – yeah right – you write like Ms Grainger talks. Could there be a correlation? No less than 15 grammatical errors. Even Los Serranos Elementary is misspelled. Not likely fron a spanish-speaking parent. Ms. G, maybe you should get someone else to send in your blog entries. What a joke!!

lawyer

May 19th, 2009
5:01 pm

Well, I hear the local uneducated were acting like jackasses again last night at the board meeting. Courtesy of John Trotter no doubt. The Trotter gang all voted no to the hiring. No surprise. Thank god some had enough sense to vote for Heatley.

BlackRain

May 19th, 2009
5:45 pm

For one member – it seemed to be purely a procedural issue. For the other three – they have figured out – that when you do not prevail in executive meeting then just make an ass of yourself while trying to make the board look foolish in public. That was part of the problem with the last BOE group. The loud-mouths in the audience wanted to spout Robert’s Rules, but showed disrespect for all in attendance by whooping it up during the meeting and then threatening the BOE members after. NAACP may want to pick someone else for spokesperson. We can do better than that. BOE should record their backroom meetings or sign a minutes document before they leave the room. That would stop some of the supposed misunderstandings posed at this meeting. This meeting was advertised and maybe 30 people attended. It looks as though the people of our county are OK with this appointment going forward. Please Dr. Heatley – come to Clayton – these loud fools speak for so few.

Media Circus

May 19th, 2009
5:49 pm

Thanks goodness, we have a superintendent! However, we all know the 5-4 vote was a sham and a farce. We all know this superintendent was delivered on a silver platter by the acreditation thief, and the 5-4 vote was to mislead the public into thinking the BOE not being led around by the noserings like cattlethe thief. So splineless!!!

Seers

May 19th, 2009
5:57 pm

New Board, Same Antics

May 19th, 2009
7:30 pm

Same ol’, same ol’ in Clayco. It’s a broken record. Heatley won’t stand a chance UNLESS he can get rid of VAL LEE, who will be biting him in the back EVERY chance she gets, just like she did Thompson, and unless every member of this Board gets a brain transplant. Good Luck Heatley!

Why so afraid?

May 19th, 2009
9:31 pm

SA he really hasn’t addressed discipline. Trust me, he hasn’t. This isn’t a knock on him, but let me stress this is NOT his fault.

He may have used the word “discipline” but until you address whether or not you will support the teacher’s AUTHORITY to remove students who are disruptive to the learning process and mandate that administrator SUPPORT the teacher you really haven’t addressed the ESSENTIAL QUESTION.

It’s not Heatley’s fault he didn’t address it. It’s the citizens’ fault for not addressing it, and it’s especially the BOE’s fault. With the current and former teachers on the board who know FIRST HAND, it is inexcusable to not have specifically addressed this.

And no, discussing uniforms does NOT address discipline, any more than a cap and gown addresses whether or not the diploma bestowed is worth the paper it’s printed on.

Citizen

May 20th, 2009
9:44 am

Rest assured mr. why afraid. If the scores improved as they said they did at his last school, discipline was surely a part of it – you really cannot have one without the other.

Huh?

May 20th, 2009
11:31 am

It’s definitely a good thing we’re getting someone from outside of Georgia. This county as a whole will never get any farther than it is now if the political favors aren’t stopped. We need people who will work for the people, not for certain individuals.

Mirror

May 20th, 2009
8:37 pm

Give Superintendent a chance! He will do just as good as anyone nationwide. What’s puzzling to me is there will be no difference between him and the previous superintendent, other than the blessings or silence from the accreditation scavenger. The scavenger must remain silent now; his hands are too dirty after costing the children over 44M and dilapidated the county. This was subtle xenophobia, although very blatant. However, the populous had to have eyes to see this. Now, they want the children to come back; you ran them off!!!

News Hound

May 20th, 2009
8:54 pm

Thanks goodness, we have a superintendent! However, we all know the 5-4 vote was a sham and a farce. We all know this superintendent was delivered on a silver platter by the accreditation thief, and the 5-4 vote was to mislead the public into thinking the BOE not being led around by the nose rings like cattle by the thief. So spineless!!! Now they all want the missing children to return, the confederate ran them off.

Crystal

May 21st, 2009
9:48 am

The significant social decline and the mindset they brought with them to this County in recent years has provided riches and opportunity for the biggest sham and farce to ever rear its head in the County – MACE and John Trotter. Has he supported or counseled anybody in politics that turned out to be a productive, positive force for the people?

Until Clayton can attract the educated upper middle class or higher and keep them here, the County will continue to remain as it is.

BB

May 21st, 2009
1:14 pm

To the bloggers – Why afraid, Media circus, Mirror, News hound – How do you feel about the way your dues are being used by MACE?

Synamonsays...What do you say?

May 21st, 2009
4:52 pm

Crystal you are absolutely right. Unfortunately there is a sign that looms over Clayton County, “Educated middle class, upper middle class or higher not welcome here.” It would take a page to explain this assertion. Join me at http://www.newroadsvideo.com on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 8pm. We can have intelligent, respectful intellectual dialogue on this subject. Only then will Clayton County grow to its true potential for the majority of citizens.

Agnostic

May 21st, 2009
5:56 pm

We all know the 5-4 vote was a deception and a charade. We all know this superintendent was delivered to the BOE on a silver platter by the accreditation crook. Since, when have any county had 60 contestants and only a lone finalist presented. There were never 60 contestants. Surely, an eager public should have had exposure to at least the top three. The old final four witches offered up more than that. The crook made the deal to get credence in Board Academy. The BOE is still being spoon fed and cable towed. Sadly, we paid $18,500 for them to go to Diego for a fake interview. We should feel silly and deceived!

Suffragist

May 21st, 2009
6:10 pm

Heatley will probably run his self out of town when he comes face to face with “Georgia Monsters”! CRCT, EOCT, GHSGT and AYP. If he can’t change this downward spiraling or in total freefall “Test Results” he’s be running out of town in the middle of the night running back to “Happy Valley, California. These tests are a part of Bush “Dumbing Down America Act” known as No Child Left Behind!

Good point

May 22nd, 2009
4:52 pm

Alieka Anderson and Jessie Goree said that Glen Brock (a.k.a. lying snake) had 60 candidates, so why weren’t there 3 finalists to present to the public!? S-H-A-M!

CCPS Worker

May 23rd, 2009
8:56 am

Clayton County needs change. SACS was absolutely right! We need an experienced Superintendent. The good ole boy network needs to be plowed up and corrected. Only someone who is objective and truly cares about the students will be able to make these types of changes. He has been trained to recognize deficiencies and quickly take action to make the necessary corrections. He appears to be a lot like Barack Obama, a consensus builder. I look forward to being a loyal and committed member of his team.

CCPS

May 23rd, 2009
9:08 am

Heatley does not need Valya Lee stabbing him in the back. Hopefully, he will be able to put her in a place where she can cause “minimal” harm. She truly showed her true colors once she became interim. The “HEAT” is on. In the “HEAT” of the night, let Heatley bring all of his BROAD ACADEMY experience and support to Clayton County. We need structure, order and integrity. There is so much fear and apprehension stirring throughout the district. There are power grabbers due to the lack of leadership. I truly hope that Dr. Heatley will embrace the need for much needed order and structure. I hope that he will take a close look at this Elite Scholar mistake as well as all of the acting roles that Dr. Lee enacted during her reign. I would truly hope that Valya would have embraced Dr. Heatley, but as of yet, she hasn’t. Just take a look at our webpage. There is no mention of him being named our Superintendent. What’s up with that! I know Val won’t initiate this but I would hope that the Board Chair would step up and tell the interim what to do.

One Year Max

May 23rd, 2009
1:14 pm

This new superintendent is being “SETUP”! Mark my word he’ll last ten months before the “Rich Administrators” in the Administration Building start screaming to CCEA & GAE about his demeanor which is stern and upright. Then those same folk will threaten accreditation again! There will probably be no difference with this Man and the last Man in that office. The only difference is that SACS appointed this him personally! The CCBOE has “Force Fed” the community this superintendent; just like they were force fed!

Change, no change

May 23rd, 2009
6:37 pm

CCPS worker,

I don’t care how trained he is, if he isn’t making restoring the teacher’s authority to maintain discipline his number one priority, he’s not implementing change. He’s implementing window dressing.

Yes, it really is that simple.

And no, Valya Lee didn’t do it either, so this isn’t about sour grapes or pushing her political agenda.

It’s about the one thing that will make a true difference, something no one in power has yet to honestly address.

And that would include SACS.

Good point

May 23rd, 2009
10:36 pm

Dear CCPS,
Dr. Heatley needs to GET RID OF VALYA LEE! She will be a toxic cancer wherever she is, JUST LIKE ALWAYS! A snake is always a snake. She is not supporting him and has been verbally doing everything BUT supporting him since he came on the scene. She even said some very disparaging things about him in her Cabinet meeting. You are also right that someone needs to take a look at the changes she made as interim. She put people in place that DO NOT MEET the qualifications for the jobs! She got rid of QUALIFIED hard working people b/c they weren’t her close, personal friends. She created a bunch of new administrative positions for her friends. A lot of work needs to be done to clean up the mess she made in the short time she was interim!

Speak up and speak out for the students

May 24th, 2009
11:47 am

Good Point. Did she really say disparaging things about Dr. Heatley in her cabinet meeting? How tacky and unprofessional. If this is true I am truly disappointed. If it is true it means that she is an agent of those who have brought us to where we are. It also means that she is there to maintain that rabid status quo who do not give a damn about our children.

Are you kidding me?!?!

May 24th, 2009
1:39 pm

Are you all serious??? Have you looked at Heatley’s resume? HE ONLY HAS 2 YEARS OF CLASSROOM experience! That alone would make him not qualified in my book! Dr. Lee has done more to unite this county in her interim than the last several superintendents! She made changes based on the needs of the district. The people she transfered had brought morale down to an all time low. “A toxic cancer” – I think not. That comment probably came from an employee that was transfered!

We have the same ole’ problems we’ve had for the last several years. A Board with their own agendas! They are the ones requesting jobs for “their collegues”. As a matter of fact, one of out board members was over heard saying, “I don’t really care what this community wants.” These are the people who are making the decisions of who will lead our district. Clayton COunty Board of Education is the same as it was when we lost accredidation just a different cast of characters! At the rate we are going, our accredidation will be lost again. UNBELIEVABLE!

Clayton Worker Speak

May 25th, 2009
2:05 am

Elite Scholar is an inside job. This school will rape our schools, rob the schools of all of the students with a 3.5 or above GPA. It’s an inside job. Take a look, the Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools is Graysen Walles (name change: former Nevellyn Johnson) best friend and sits on the Elite Scholar Board. What’s with the name change anyway. This man, Graysen Walles has been given free reign to break all human resources guidelines. All applicants for the so called Elite Scholar are selected by him and bypass the Human Resources Department rules and guidelines. As a Clayton citizen, you must ask, why is this man allowed to break all rules. Does he have administrative experience, NO! Has he ever been an assistant principal? NO…then you might ask, as a Local Education Agency (LEA) why is he allowed to break all of the hiring rules. He is ANTHONY SMITH’s friend! So what does this mean, the good ole boy (and girl) system is alive and well in Clayton. Why not beef up the educational opportunities within the current structure of our schools. Elite Scholars is costing our district an astronomical amount of money. As a citizen, you should also ask, why did Valya Lee allow this. Would it be because she lives two doors from Anthony Smith and they are friends?

Clayton Schools Inside Story!

May 25th, 2009
2:11 am

Clayton County citizins! Do you homework. What is the relationship between ELITE SCHOLAR and ANTHONY SMITH, the assistant superintendent of Clayton County Middle Schools. Why did Neveyllyn Johnson, the newly administrator (who has not been approved by the Board) change his name to Graysen Wales? Has his position been approved by the Board? NO….Why this one of Valya Lee’s top priorities once she took office? The same antics the district was cited by for SACS for violating is alive and well, cronyism and neoptism.

Stern and upright

May 25th, 2009
1:00 pm

I don’t care if he’s stern and upright with staff as long as he supports the teacher’s authority in the classroom. But don’t use terms like stern and upright to justify being abrasive to staff, especially if it turns out, like all the other stern and upright superintendents, that in reality you’re weak and spineless on discipline.

We already have a school board that has proven itself, with its silence on the issue, to be weak and spineless when it comes to supporting teachers in terms of disicpline. We don’t need a superintendent to carry out that failed plan. We need a superintendent who will drag the weak and spineless board into some real support for teachers.

And before you claim this board hasn’t been weak and spineless on supporting the teacher, please point to one specific policy they have implemented that has had a direct, tangible effect on giving teachers more authority in the classroom.

You won’t; because you can’t.

Clayton Parent

May 26th, 2009
8:36 am

Maybe I’m missing something here, but why would any parent be against the Elite Scholars Academy? The school was approved by the State of Georgia and the CCPS Board of Ed, not Valya Lee. From my understanding, this process took over two years, way before Lee was even considered as a possible Interim Sup. I consider myself to be pretty aware of what’s going on in the system, but I’m lost on this one. Anyone?

bb

May 26th, 2009
1:04 pm

No – Clayton Parent – you did not miss anything. Some people in the system are down on anyone inproving themselves – or the system. They have an ill-conceived idea of entitlement and cannot see how an experiment with charter schoools and the lessons learned can benefit all students in all schools in this county. Let’s give this BOE and Dr. Heatley a chance.

Good point

May 26th, 2009
10:54 pm

Dear “Speak up and speak out for the students,”
Yes, she did say disparaging things about Dr. Heatley – I WAS THERE. No, I am not a transferred employee. I am an employee who is trying to ride her reign out; she is the most fake individual you will ever meet and while she is trying to charm you to death, she is thinking of how many ways she can stab you in the back. She is STAGE 5 COLON CANCER!

ss

May 27th, 2009
8:42 pm

Yes Miss “D” we know you were there but that is not what she said and you know it.

Taxpayer

May 28th, 2009
2:44 pm

Clayton County Schools is a jobs program — nothing more. There is no question in my mind that Mr. Heatley knows this already. The question is, does he have the will to make the shift from a district with a bloated administration and employees who want to get as far away from children as possible to one that truly wants to improve student achievement. I will be watching.

Taxpayer

May 28th, 2009
2:50 pm

To Clayton Worker Speak,

Elite Scholars should be allowed to exist because despite having half a billion dollars of our tax dollars, schools in Clayton have failed children. I applaud the addition of charter schools — the more the merrier!

KimWhit

May 28th, 2009
9:22 pm

Clayton’s elite scholars should be segregated from the ill mannered thugged out fool that have tainted this school system. Concentrate all of the serious, well mannered students there and make all other schools trade schools or alternative schools.

what the

May 28th, 2009
10:07 pm

How is it that one of the “chiefs” get $85,000 for a settlement in a law suit against the school system crying discrimination, gets the job she wants but still is not qualified for which is why she did not get it in the first place? What is wrong with this picture?

Jborodawg

May 29th, 2009
7:07 am

$250k per year and an $800 per month car allowance, and, meanwhile, they’ve layed off para-pros who make minimum wage. This year my wife had (took care of; watched over; helped with classes) 5 special ed kids. Next year she will have 10. Believe me, it can’t be done. Meanwhile, back at the super’s office…..It hasn’t been reported that he also gets a car. Being a ‘county car’ he just pulls into the maintenance yard to fill up and have any servive done (oil changes, etc); and still gets $800 per month. Great work if you can find it.

Please!

May 29th, 2009
10:39 pm

Maybe offer him $50,000 is your idea? Or how about a bicycle to get around on? Get real. The car is for official business only. READ! What does minimum wage unskilled workers have in common with a superintendent’s pay? Nothing! Will these Trotter ,and the idiots who believe him ever give up?

Rev Whiskey

June 1st, 2009
2:18 pm

They will not give up. You shoulda seen ‘em at the board meeting when the board approved to hire this super. They were going – “we have you arrested” and “Recall”. The parents of this county had proper notice that the meeting was taking place and the that the meeting was just to approve hiring this super. If parents had any concerns they would have shown up en masse. They did not – they apparently believe this Board is doing their best. Very few people were there except for school employees and the familiar and loud Grainger and a JT flunky. Come on, Ms. Grainger – who else you fronting for now?