Recently, a new chairperson and vice-chairperson were elected to preside over Clayton County Public Schools’ Board of Education.
In 2008, Dr. Pam Adamson was elected to fill an unexpired term in District 1. According to the Clayton News-Daily, Chairperson Adamson doesn’t believe her connection to the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools was the reason her peers elected her, and I’m inclined to agree. Despite her online biography, anyone who has spoken with Dr. Adamson can interpret she how much she cares about CCPS and Clayton’s children.
Vice-Chairperson Charlton Bivins (District 9) was elected to fill a vacant seat in 2008. His public service history includes being one of the founders of the Concerned Citizens of Clayton County, Inc. (C-4), an organization credited by SACS’ Mark Elgart for serving as “a barometer of the community’s tie with the school district” and responsible for educating over 800 citizens on the impact of accreditation loss when residents were searching for answers.
Both were re-elected November, 2010. CCPS will have its final SACS review in April.
This change comes in the midst of many other CCPS success stories, among them having six schools recognized under the state’s Single Statewide Accountability System, and watching the number of Clayton’s Title I Distinguished schools rise from 27 to 34. This includes Morrow Elementary School, which just received platinum status for making AYP ten years in a row.
“This recognition of the hard work of our students and staff, bolstered by the support of our parents and community partners is our encouragement to achieve excellence,” said Superintendent Edmond Heatley. The BOE will honor those 34 schools at its next regular board meeting on February 7.
SAVE THE DATE for The African American Heritage Day Celebration taking place February 19 (10-2 PM) at the National Archives at Atlanta (5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, 30260), promising fun for the entire family, and admission is free!