School board changes Locklear’s title

By Chase Jordan

May 17, 2014

A Clinton City Schools administrator was stripped of his title Thursday night following a lengthy closed door meeting by the Board of Eduction.

After returning to open session, the board unanimously OK’d superintendent Stuart Blount’s recommendation to make Clyde Locklear Jr., current assistant superintendent of facilities/finance, the director of finance. Board vice chairman E.R. Mason was not present at the meeting.

The move will be effective July 1.

Citing legal issues surrounding the discussion of personnel matters, Blount and board chairwoman Georgina Zeng declined further comment on the move.

Blount only said it was a “change in title.”

No information was immediately available on whether Locklear’s salary would change when his title does in July.

Although specifics about what led to the title change fall under the legal umbrella that covers personnel, N.C. Public Records laws allow certain details about such decisions to be discussed, including salary changes, date of hire and, when applicable, date of dismissal.

According to the district’s website, the financial services staff assists the district in the management and operation of all school resources. It also states that the district operates with a budget of $30 million. Some of the areas the staff provides support for include accounting, payroll, budgeting and purchasing.

Locklear could not be reached for comment.

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