Dr. John Trotter, who has been Edmond Heatley‘s foremost critic in Clayton County even before the Clayton County Board of Education voted to hire the beleagured superintendent from Chino Valley, California, stated upon learning that Heatley was trying to leave Clayton County for Dallas, Texas: “I have said for years that these gypsie superintendents are educational sluts, jumping from one school board bed to the other, depending on how much money the school boards offer them.”
Heatley has apparently been under immense pressure from the Clayton County Community over the budget process (even threatening to do away with middle school athletics), hiring procedures (much criticism about hiring fraternity cronies and family members), and doing some things without proper authorization from the school board. According to the published report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Larry O’Keefe, an activist in the Clayton Community essentially says that Heatley and the Clayton County School Board‘s relationship is not so grand — as the public may think. It appears that obliquely critical words from board members — like Chairperson Pam Adamson — who have usually stood toe-to-toe with Heatley are not so subtly critical now. In fact, it appears to us that there are several muted tunes being played by board members.
It might do Edmond Heatley well if he would continue to send out his resume to other unsuspecting school systems. We know that is would do the children, teachers, and citizens of Clayton County much good. Perhaps he ought to ask the folk at the Eli Broad Institute to work overtime finding another school board attorney to “pimp” him to another unsuspecting school board. Isn’t this what Marietta attorney Glenn Brock did to the Clayton County Board of Education? The Glenn Brock search firm seems to be known for bringing the likes of Michael Hinojosa, Robert Avossa, and Edmond Heatley to town. Hmm.
Edmond Heatley is officially awarded our Superintendent Clown Award. Congratulations, Mr. Heatley. You are only the third official recipient of this coveted award. Crawford Lewis, formerly of DeKalb County, was given this award in 2009 before his criminal indictment, and Jerry Bell of Hart County is the most recent recipient of this award. You join an exclusive club for being a clown of a superintendent!