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Clay superintendent names county commissioner to education post




Monitor Editor

Clay County Schools Superintendent Charlie Van Zant, Jr. appointed Clay County Commissioner Chereese Stewart as the new Director of Career and Technical Education for the school district.  Stewart will take over the position on June 1, when the current Director, Paul Parker retires.

According to a school district press release, Stewart a lifelong Clay County resident, is now the assistant principal at Wilkinson Junior High School.  She has been employed by the district 17 years, serving as an agriscience teacher and Future Farmers of America advisor.

She is also the chair of the county’s board of commissioners.  However, term limits prevent her from running for the District 3 seat again.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be the new Director of CTE for Clay County,” said Stewart.  “Career and Technical Education serves a vital role in all students’ educational careers.  As we move into the future, I believe CTE will become even more important in providing students the skills necessary for college and career readiness.”

“Besides her many roles within the school district,” said Van Zant, “Mrs. Stewart has also built numerous relationships within the business community and in various service organizations through the county, region and state.  I know that she will be a tremendous asset as head of our expanding CTE Program.”

Van Zant and the school board have debated the qualifications for Stewart’s new job.  The school board approved a job description for the CTE director that included the requirement that the candidate possess experience teaching technical career classes.

Van Zant sued the school board over the job description, asserting the board exceeded its authority in crafting its own qualifications for the position, instead of either accepting or rejecting his own recommendation.

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