Despite having returned to a position of leadership in somewhat troubled waters for the school system following its Sept. 24 receipt of the “letter of concern” from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Jackson is convinced Clayton County Public Schools can regain the association’s trust and confidence.
“The letter from SACS was an attempt to remind our board to refocus its attention on its primary duties and responsibilities as outlined in the governance,” she said.
“Our primary concern is to make sure our children are performing well academically and if we can help our classroom teachers enhance their focus on the children, which would be a major accomplishment.”
Although she is in her third week as interim superintendent, Jackson has gained the admiration of the board.
According to Clayton County School Board Chairman Pam Adamson, Ed.D., Jackson brings renewed stability and professionalism to the position, combined with openness and transparency.
“Being a veteran educator of 33 years serving the children of Clayton County, Ms. Jackson brings integrity and a calming influence because she has a proven record of working well with people,” she said.
Board member Jessie Goree agrees, believing Jackson is doing an excellent job as interim superintendent.
“Her presence has been very positive for the board,” she said, adding that Jackson has also had a positive influence on the system’s staff, teachers and administrators, and believes her presence has increased morale through the school district.
“With her 33 years as an educator in Clayton County, we know her heart lies with our children and she is someone we can be proud of and is an inspiration to all,” Goree said.
In her first week on the job, Jackson directed a letter to be sent to all system employees stressing that they, “focus on our children.”
Jackson hopes the Nov. 6 school board elections, which finds five board seats on the ballot with four of the incumbents having opposition, will show “that everyone, whether they are elected or re-elected, are on the same page and have the same priority: our school children,” she said.