Have your say with Superintendent Heatley

If you have questions and/or concerns about anything regarding Clayton County Public Schools, here is another opportunity to bring them directly to the source.

Superintendent Edmond Heatley is hosting a series of public forums throughout September. The purpose is to give attendees an opportunity to interact with, voice concerns, ask questions of and make comments directly to the Superintendent. “I really want to know what our residents have to say about public education in general and our school district specifically,” says Heatley.

The first will be held this Thursday, Sept. 3 at Mundy’s Mill High School (9652 Fayetteville Road, Jonesboro) and the remaining schedule is as follows:

  • Thurs. Sept. 10 at Charles Drew High School (6237 Garden Walk Blvd., Riverdale)
  • Wed. Sept. 23 at Morrow High School (2299 Old Rex Morrow Rd, Morrow)
  • Wed. Sept. 30 at Mt. Zion High School (2535 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro)

Each forum runs from 6-7:30 PM and interpreters will be available.

Will you attend a forum when it comes to your local school? If so, what questions and/or concerns will you share with Superintendent Heatley about CCPS?

Looking for something to do in Clayton County during the Labor Day weekend? Here’s a couple of ideas – if you know of any other events happening around the county, feel free to share:

The South Metro Caribbean Festival - The Caribbean Association of Georgia in partnership with various Clayton County agencies will host their first annual South Metro Caribbean Festival on Sat., Sept. 5 from 12-8 PM at Clayton County International Park (The Beach). Food vendors will provide a variety of delicious, international and local cuisines and events will include live reggae, calypso, soca, gospel, poetry, dancing and moko jumbi performers, as well as showcasing local talent and artists. Additionally, there will be activities such as contests, games, displays, and prize giveaways along with a variety of children’s activities. Free blood pressure and diabetes checks will be provided throughout the day by medically trained personnel and concludes with a fireworks show. The Festival is open to the public with a $3 parking fee per car (commercial vans and buses are an additional fee) and access to the beach area will cost $10 for adults, $8 for kids.

LudaDay “Stars for Cars” – do you REALLY need a new vehicle? Ludacris’ foundation along with Nissan South in Morrow are giving away 20 vehicles on Sun., Sept. 6 from 1-3 PM. The catch? Write a 300 word essay and submit by Sept. 3 explaining your why you really need a car. Check web site for details.

85 comments Add your comment


September 3rd, 2009
7:45 pm

Can’t we all just get along. Please get back to the article as written. Too bad this has been hi-jacked, keeping those with thoughtful comments at bay. Why don’t you guys start your own blog where you can insult and argue at will and let us get back to meaningful dialogue.

Never forget

September 4th, 2009
12:01 am

Clayton school system just inherited refugees from Atlanta Housing Project “Herndon Homes” on Yep, that ole fat confederate sitting on the school system ethics commission just cost the black children of Clayton 44 million dollars of educational funding over bickering amongst the klandestine society and the old BOE about money and contracts; this board is uncle toms. There goes discipline, AYP, CRCT score, ACT, and SAT score. Thanks ole fat men for farther destroying the county! Wow what a costly political move led by Glanton that ole fat confederate! Is he still sitting in board meeting writing on his stomach? Wow!

Clayton Resident

September 4th, 2009
10:39 am

Clayton Resident

September 4th, 2009
10:39 am

thank you jessy for being a voice of reason on this thing!

Dr. John Trotter

September 4th, 2009
10:44 am

“jessy”: By no means allow me to put a lock on you keyboard (no pun intended). Gently place your fingers on the keyboard and peck away. When you are finished, use any finger or thumb and hit the “Submit Comment” icon on the screen. Most of the time, your comments will be posted. If not, just write to Miss Kimberly, and I am sure that she will willingly accomodate you. There. See? It is easy. Despite what anyone else may write, you can still submit your own comments as you so whiningly did a few minutes earlier. It is called a dialogue. Sometimes, it becomes a robust dialogue, but remember, “jessy,” we are blessed to be living in the USA, not North Korea. Our beloved Consitution allows of to disagree, to engage in spirited debates. I have one blogoholic who loves to throw barbs at me under different monikers (hey, you resemble that statement) each day, and this is fine. Matching wits with an anonymous blogger is like taking tootsie rolls from a baby. By his very nature, he (you) are scared because you never want to call me out under his (your) real name. Ahhhhhhhhhh. It’s so nice being free and independent. Eat your heart out. My name is John Trotter, and I glog under this name. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh…how nice.


September 4th, 2009
12:30 pm

Absolutely disgusting and an indicator of how the community feels about our children and their education. The parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, community advocates, homeowners, religious leaders, business owners and the rest of the community were ABSENT!

There is an enormous amount of work that has to be done and we must start with the PARENTS. The problem is to drastic for us to accept the excuses, although in many cases valid–such as a working parents–that people give for not showing up! If the parents can not make it, they should send someone to stand in the gap for their children/child.

For more about last night and hear from my guest Mr. Joseph Cunningham of High, Inc, tune into http://www.newroadsvideo.com for SynamonSays…What do you say/ 8pm tonight.


September 4th, 2009
12:41 pm

Why does he never come to Forest Park High School? We shouldn’t always have to be the forgotten ones.

Dr. John Trotter

September 4th, 2009
12:56 pm

Synamon: Keep up the hard work! I going to try to tune in to your program. Don’t grow weary in your well doing! Tchau, Trotter.

Bob Hartley

September 4th, 2009
1:08 pm

I think a great name for the new school should be named after Truett Cathy. He has dispersed Millions in scholarship money and stands on strong principals and family values. What better way to honor a man who has given so much to the children of the southern crecent?

It's the discipline Stupid!

September 4th, 2009
1:36 pm

And what did Truett Cathy do when he caught those teen vandalizing his house? He insisted on compassion and DISCIPLINE. Real consequences.

Why does a man who sells chicken for a living have more BACKBONE when it comes to discipline than a MARINE?

When is Heatley going to stop acting like a government hack, and step up to the plate like a MARINE and restore discipline?

Rev Billy Bob Whiskey

September 4th, 2009
1:50 pm

In case you did not understand – Mr Trotter. Jessy was politly asking you allow this forum to forward without you. And then you sit there all smug and insult this person. What an ego-maniac you are. You should check back and see I insulted you – not Jessy. Comment on that – or do you have selective amnesia.

Synamon – you are right about the meeting with parents and Dr. Heatley. The parents of CC should be ashamed. I would also ask for you to consider supporting the Splost IV vote – seeing that over 65% of the monies will come from sales at the airport and the fact our schools are still in need of maintenance and refitting.


September 4th, 2009
1:54 pm

The fake Trotter blogs have played out. Those of us who truly care about our community are not bamboozled, we know who you are and your day in the community will come. This asininity will no longer stand in Clayton County.

What you deserve

September 4th, 2009
2:10 pm

Not to disrespect the individuals who do try, but until parents, in large numbers, start demanding accountability of Heatley and the current and former teachers who make up the BOE for making it standard operating procedure that administrators start supporting teachers with chronically disruptive students who are destroying the learning environment, there is only one logical conclusion.

ClayCo is getting the substandard school system it RICHLY and FULLY deserves.

Where can I buy tickets?

September 4th, 2009
3:16 pm


Can you please update us on the number of people who contacted you indicating they are willing to engage Dr. Trotter in a formal debate?


September 4th, 2009
4:02 pm

Dead Poet – is that you? discipline – discipline -discipline. Too bad we cannot discipline the leprechan.

say what?

September 4th, 2009
4:39 pm

What is the disciplinary action for teachers, principals, and administrators NOT having books and syllubi for students four weeks into school? If I had not been a responsible adult and prepared my child with school uniforms, disciplinary action would have been swift and heavy handed.

Tell you WHAT say what?

September 4th, 2009
7:51 pm

Say what? you say if you had not been a responsible adult and prepared my child with school uniforms, disciplinary action would have been swift and heavy handed.

Of course. Because that’s the PSEUDO stand the BOE is taking on discipline. The stand that mulitple studies have PROVEN doesn’t have a significant impact on discipline or academics.

Now when are citizens going to demand a REAL stand, and demand the current and former teachers on the who know FIRST HAND what must be done. Support firm consistent and compelling consequences, and support the teacher in those consequences from the classroom all the way up to the Marine.

Would the Marine tolerate soldiers openly disrespecting their superior officers? Then why is the Marine tolerating students openly disrespecting their teachers, and tolerating administrators not backing up their teachers?

The problem isn’t Trotter, it’s a community that won’t hold its school system accountable for refusing to back its teachers when they try to hold students accountable.

You know this is the truth, and that’s why none of you will step up and agree to debate Trotter; because you know he’ll make you look like a d@mn fool trying to refute what he says is wrong with the system in ClayCo.

Trotter’s not letting YOUR CHILD’S education get jacked up by chronically disruptive students and lack of support for teachers in discipline, CCPS is, and yet not one of you, in over 60 blog responses can point out a single tangible thing the MARINE has done to take a stand on discipline.

You can blame Trotter if you want to, but last time I checked Trotter wasn’t running the school system with the lowest test scores and some of the worst behavior in metro Atlanta, the Marine was.

No the Marine can’t fix test scores overnight but he CAN address discipline, IF he’s willing to stand tall, NOT stand down.

Now let’s see even ONE of you, come on here and make the case we SHOULDN’T address discipline and we SHOULDN’T hold Heatley and the BOE accountable for not doing so.

Face the problem, people!

September 4th, 2009
8:25 pm

Who’s letting your child’s classmate constantly disrupt the learning environment, Trotter or CCPS?

Who’s sending your child’s classmate back from the office with little to no consequences, so he can disrupt all over again, Trotter or CCPS?

Who’s letting your child’s classmate act a fool all year, fail the CRCT, then get promoted over the teacher’s objection, so he can disrupt your child’s learning for yet another entire year, Trotter, or CCPS?

Don’t believe me; ask your own child.

John Stewart

September 5th, 2009
10:38 am

@Tell you WHAT say what?

I quote “Trotter’s not letting YOUR CHILD’S education get jacked up by chronically disruptive students and lack of support for teachers in discipline” You are partially correct in your statement. Trotter has been firm on his stance on discipline but his foray into the backroom dealings of the politics of former board members and various other political figures in the county have hurt our kids even the more so. How soon do some in Clayco catch amnesia.

Viva Brazil!!!!

No ObamaCare (I'm Rich)

September 6th, 2009
11:32 am

Plutocracy = governance by wealthy, or a wealthy social class that controls or greatly influences the governments of a society!

Obama's Waterloo

September 6th, 2009
11:36 am

The AJC reported earlier this year that the chicken man profited from the schools illegally. The FED’s threaten to take school funds. Remember!

Obama's Waterloo

September 6th, 2009
2:44 pm

The only “Difference” between Thompson and Heatley is “Installation”; Thompson was black installed Heatley is white installed!

Tell you WHAT say what?

September 6th, 2009
7:34 pm

John Stewart,

You didn’t really just suggest that the personal petty squabbles of the former board have more of a direct, tangible impact on the day to day instruction of students in CCPS classrooms, than students who chronically disrupt the learning environment, only to have administrators turn a blind eye to their behavior and march them back to class time after time with little to no consequences?

The former board is gone John Stewart. The chronically disruptive students, and the lack of consequences for them remain.

And you want to give the current and former teachers who make up the BOE, and know first hand the importance of supporting the teacher in discipline a free pass on their lack of leadership by blaming Trotter instead?

You want to give Heatley “the Marine” a free pass on his lack of leadership on the issue by blaming Trotter instead?

Who is having a direct, tangible, and detrimental effect on the lack of support for the classroom teacher in discipline right now John Stewart? The BOE and Heatley, or Trotter?


September 7th, 2009
7:54 am

Obama’s Waterloo

Still trying to ride that race wagon huh? Try another county! Does not work here anymore. You are too late!

not ole an fat

September 7th, 2009
8:49 am

I don’t think I’ve ever encountered such coherent, concise, cogent comments. We all
should know by now that we should…tell master heatley about inherited refugees from “Herndon Homes” on Yep; the ole fat confederate that cost the black children of Clayton; and the klandestine society. cawse we know this board is uncle toms. Ats perty much eeit in a nut sherl.

not ole an fat

September 7th, 2009
8:50 am

I fergot. Whut about increase rigor and decress grade inflation?


September 7th, 2009
3:04 pm

Very light attendance at superintendent forum! The major of the population have realized that the accreditation crisis was a farce in light of CRCT cheating and Cobb county 57 illegal meeting. Chauvinism


September 7th, 2009
3:15 pm

I agree with you Credentials, Metro area CRCT cheating and Cobb county 57 illegal meetings and “NO SACS” intervention. Wow!

Different Day, Same Song

September 7th, 2009
3:28 pm

What I would ask of the new superintendent is WHY we have all these “coaches” and “specialists?” Most of them are “newcomers,” have little in the way of actual classroom experience, and cruise the schools nitpicking at the teachers. I’m not letting teachers off easy either. Many of those newcomers can’t even speak or write with proper grammar, and that includes administrators also. Veteran teachers are the ones working their butts off to keep what’s left of this school system afloat.


September 7th, 2009
7:19 pm

Very light attendance at superintendent forum! The majority of the population have realized that the accreditation crisis was a farce in light of CRCT cheating and Cobb county 57 illegal meeting and “NO SACS” intervention. Wow!. Chauvinism! What was we thinking!


September 7th, 2009
9:33 pm

First of all the great superintendent has not introduced himself to the teachers of Clayton County yet. He has not thanked us for continuing to support Clayton County in light of the many problems that this county has. Secondly, the administrators in Clayton County need to be evaluated twice a year just as teachers are. Why should they be allowed to terrorize and berate teachers like they do? Most of them cannot teach a class if their lives depended on it. They never offer assistance or constructive criticism, just criticism. What the crap is a graduation coach and why are they needed in middle school? Why do you need Literacy Coaches and Math Coaches? Why not hire an assistant principal who oversees the curriculum? These are positions that can be eliminated and the money can be used for something better-like teachers’ salaries. Why don’t teachers attend GSU or the other universities in Georgia for advanced degrees? Could it be that it is too hard for them? Maybe the state needs to move toward merit pay instead of paying for degrees. An ED.D does not make one a great teacher, just a paid teacher. No wonder Georgia is always at the bottom of the totem pole. They don’t appreciate exemplary teachers. Wow!!! Headed back north. Had enough of this right-to-work backwoods state. Teachers, you are blessed to have someone in your corner like John Trotter.


September 7th, 2009
9:34 pm


September 7th, 2009
10:22 pm

Looks like Trotter marched all his “for profit union” members in here to post today.


September 8th, 2009
5:53 pm

Nice to see Tonya agrees with herself.

sicak film

October 10th, 2009
11:41 am

CCPS, by any objective measure, has been a complete, total, utter, abject, abysmal failure, and what is Heatley’s response? To “go global” in vision. CCPS can’t even remotely, with the exception of the Jonesboro High Mock Trial team and other tube34.net individual exceptions, compete locally, and yet Heatley says he’s going to “go global”?

Does he also think if you call ground chuck filet mignon it will suddenly taste better? Or does he just hope the citizens of ClayCo are gullible enough, as they have been in the past, to buy his snake oil, because it’s imported from out of town?