Ex-Pittsburgh superintendent fired by Georgia school district

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Former Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent John Thompson was fired Saturday, effective immediately, by Clayton County Public Schools in Georgia.

Dr. Thompson was hired as a corrective superintendent about 11 months ago to turn around the 47,000-student district, which was at risk of losing its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The district lost accreditation in August and was trying to regain it.

In a written statement, the board said, the action "will allow for a more open and cooperative working relationship between the board, staff and accreditation officials."

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution quoted Dr. Thompson as saying, "I have poured my heart and soul into this incredibly difficult job, which has been the most demanding superintendent's position in America over the past year."

He told the paper that the report recently submitted to the accrediting agency "in many ways completes the job for which I was hired," adding that he was proud of "our hard work together."


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