Georgia County School Principal on sick leave


Xernona J. Thomas, Clarke County School District Superintendent (Courtesy of the Clarke County School District)

A Georgia county school principal takes temporary medical leave.

Clarke County School District Superintendent Xernona Thomas began her leave Jan. 6 and expects to be absent for the next five to seven weeks, and therefore will not be engaged in the daily operations of the district, a reported The Athens Banner-Herald.

Academic Director Brannon Gaskins will serve as Acting District Superintendent in Thomas’ absence.

Thomas said the decision to take time off was made in the best interests of his health. Details of his condition were not disclosed.

“I have every confidence in Mr. Gaskins and my administrative team to continue to focus on our strategic priorities and do what is best for our students. I am committed to returning to the school district as soon as possible,” Thomas said in a letter to the community.

This will be Thomas’ last year as superintendent, after announcing her retirement in November. She said she plans to step down on Dec.31, after 31 years in public education, having served the last of those years as the acting district superintendent before being appointed superintendent.

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