Clayton superintendent named finalist for Calif. job

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —

The Clayton County Schools Superintendent has been named a finalist to head a California school school system.

Dr. Edmond Heatley announced his resignation from the 51,000-student Clayton County district last week, just days before officials from the Berkeley Unified School District visited Clayton to interview school board members, teachers and parents.

According to Berkeley's website, that site visit is the final step in an extensive vetting process to verify the credentials of Heatley, the sole finalist in what was a national search for a superintendent.

"The Berkeley Unified School District has unanimously narrowed the field of candidates down to one finalist, Dr. Heatly," the statement said.

Heatley, who's held past positions in California, said he would be thrilled to serve the district.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join a high achieving team focused on ensuring that every student has the opportunity to achieve greatness.  I believe in a fair break for every child and that all students can learn.  It is great to see that the Berkeley community feels the same way, putting action behind their words,” said Heatley.

Clayton County School Board Chairwoman Pam Adamson confirmed to Channel 2’s Richard Belcher Wednesday afternoon that Heatley resigned effective Sept. 30.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution contributed to this report.