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Georgia schools superintendent to retire at end of next year

November 14, 2021 GMT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A northeastern Georgia school district next month will begin searching for a new superintendent.

Clarke County School District Superintendent Xernona J. Thomas announced last week that she intends to retire at the end of next year. She said she plans to step down on Dec. 31, 2022, The Athens Banner-Herald reported.

Thomas has spent 31 years in public education, beginning her career as a school social worker. She also worked as assistant principal, principal and chief of staff. She was the first principal to lead Judia Jackson Harris Elementary School.

Thomas became superintendent just under a year ago when she succeeded former Superintendent Demond Means. In December 2019, she began her tenure as interim superintendent before being approved to the top post by the school board.

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The school board will begin discussing the search for a new superintendent during its next meeting in December.

“Though my tenure may be coming to a close over the next year, I will approach each day with the same commitment that I have in the past,” Thomas wrote in a message to the CCSD community. “The expectation that I hold for myself and each of you is that we give our best every day to ensure our students reach their full potential.”