Board of Ed appoints interim Clarke County schools superintendent


The Clarke County Board of Education Tuesday night appointed Dr. Xernona Thomas as interim superintendent Of the Clarke County School District

Thomas was serving as the district’s chief executive officer after the board placed superintendent Dr. Demond Means on administrative leave at the Dec. 9 board meeting.

Thomas is a native Athenian and Clarke Central High School graduate. She received three degrees from the University of Georgia: a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Master of Social Work, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration and Policy.

Dr. Thomas has 27 years of experience serving students and communities in Clarke and Oconee counties as a school social worker, assistant principal, principal, and chief of staff.

“Dr. Thomas has the board’s full support to lead the district through this transition,” board President LaKeisha Gant said in a prepared statement released after the board meeting.

The board will announce the process to select a permanent superintendent and provide updates as decisions are made.

The Board of Education is responsible for the employment of the superintendent.

Questions should be directed to Gantt, the schhol board’s president at ganttl@clarke.k12.ga.us or (706) 207-2002.

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