by John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD
Will the Clayton County Board of Education keep Edmond Heatley as the superintendent, the media wants to know. Well if it does, it’s got to go down as the most stupid board of education that Clayton County has ever had – and Clayton County has had its share. Listen, good folks, it wasn’t just Heatley’s position or non-position on Proposition 8 that did him in in Berkeley. The people of Berkeley just didn’t like what they were reading about Heatley – his history in Chino Valley and Clayton County.
Ophelia Burroughs (L) and Alieka Anderson (R) behind Edmond Heatley. Burroughs is a retired Clayton County teacher, and Anderson currently teaches in DeKalb County. When teachers get on school boards, they often get stupid and forget where they come from…like in the case of Burroughs and Anderson cheering for Edmond Heatley who is definitely not a friend to teachers. [photo by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
Of course no one has ever accused this Clayton County Board of Education of being that bright. In a few articles below, you will find a photo of me holding up a sign before the school board voted to initially hire Heatley which reads: “Hey Alieka, Are You Stupid?” Alieka Anderson was the Chairperson then, and Pam Adamson was the Chairperson now. They, along with Ophelia Burroughs and Mary Baker, are member of the Heatley Cheer Squad. If you are frustrated that the Clayton County School System has Heatley in the first place, then you can than these women for that.
I am down here below the Equator for the time being. But, it will indeed be somewhat comical watching the P-A-M-O (Pam, Alieka, Mary, & Ophelia) Show dance around this query of whether they will ask Edmond Heatley to stay. I am sure that he is putting on a full court press to stay, with little Dougie Hendrix toting the water bottles for the P-A-M-O Team. Heatley was cloistered up in silence for a week or two, right? Was he Pam Adamson engaging in omerta? Apparently only Pam had access to Heatley during this period of self-imposed silence. Was Heatley just acting smug and arrogant because he felt that he had the job in Berkeley all sewed up? Now, though, he perhaps finds himself eating the husks of the corn as he might deign to come back to the House of his Mammie Pammie and ask for her forgiveness. Perhaps Queen Pammie will ask Prime Minister Edmond Heatley to form a government in Her Majesty’s name. Isn’t this how the Brits do it? The newly-elected Prime Minister has to go to Buckingham Palace, bow to the Queen, get on his knee, and wait for the Queen to ask him to form a new government in her name. Ha! This is funny! © GTSO, September 21, 2012.