The Clayton school board picked one finalist in their search for a new superintendent. Edmond Heatley, superintendent of Chino Valley (Calif.) Unified School District is expected to be hired in two weeks.
Heatley is credited with improving tests scores in the district, but recently was challenged over a decision to close some schools because of budget cuts.
He met with Clayton parents and community members last night and has pledged to enroll his kids in the system.
Some members of the Metro Association of Classroom Educators have protested Heatley’s hiring because he’s from out of state. The group wants the school board to hire interim superintendent Valya Lee, a Clayton native who applied for the position but was not a finalist.
This argument has been repeated before – that an in-state superintendent is better because they know Georgia laws and understand the community.
That may be true, but is it always a plus? Are home-grown superintendents better for school systems?
NOTE: Staff writer Nancy Badertscher is writing a story on teachers and paraprofessionals who are losing their jobs because of budget cuts. If you fit in that category, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your help.