The Clarke County Board of Education Thursday night named Dr. Xernona Thomas as superintendent of the Clarke County School District.
Thomas had served as interim superintendent since November 2019.
“Dr. Thomas had the board’s full support to guide the district through the transition and navigated a very challenging year,” school board President LaKeisha Gantt said. "As we moved forward, the board recognized her commitment and ability to lead the difficult task of ensuring an equitable education for all our students.”
A native Athenian and Clarke Central High graduate, Thomas 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.
She has 28 years of experience serving students and communities in Clarke and Oconee counties as a school social worker, assistant principal, principal, chief of staff, and interim superintendent.
“Dr. Thomas is a passionate advocate for students and families, and we value her tireless work on their behalf,” Gantt said. “There is much work to be done, and we look forward to partnering together to increase student achievement and place all students on a path towards success.”
“Despite the challenges due to COVID, (Thomas) makes difficult decisions every day to ensure student achievement remains the core of what we do,” board Vice President Tawana Smith Mattox said. “Her experience and status within this community place her in the best position to lead this organization. We are in good hands.”
In a prepared statement Thomas said she was committed to the school district's success.
"I was born, raised, and educated in this community." she said. "I am passionate about ensuring that every student has the opportunity to be successful, and my responsibility is to provide stability and leadership as we work to provide improved outcomes for our students.”