By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD
Yes, the reaction of the news of Clayton County’s embattled and much disliked superintendent departure on the ears of the teachers of the Clayton County Schools is metaphorically deafening. It appears that this was the day yearned for…for the last three years in Clayco. Finally, the California Interlopers will exit Jonesboro’s Fifth Avenue Central Office and take their brusque, rude, and condescending style with them. It felt like that these yahoos from Cali thought that they were smarter and better than the God-fearing, humble, and hard-working teachers of Clayton County. Yes, I think that tears of joy were flowing up and down Tara Boulevard, Highway 85, and Jonesboro Road! Yes, the teachers of Clayton County are fired up! Calls have been coming in, thanking MACE for standing up to Heatley and saying very bluntly from the very beginning: “Heatley Must Go!”
Now the question is this: Will this school board continue to listen to the lame recommendations of education attorney Glenn Brock? We hope not. Pam Adamson and Alieka Anderson listened to him last time and were the chief cheerleaders for Edmond Heatley. Don’t they feel like political fools now? Mary Baker just got through praising Edmond Heatley recently when the school board inexplicably extended his contract for another year to keep him at three years. We certainly hope that this school board doesn’t give Heatley a plugged nickel on his way out. After all, Chairperson Pam Adamson said today that he “resigned.” Let’s see if he really “resigned” or a deal was cut with him to “leave.” We’ll keep you informed.