A 27-year veteran of the school system, longtime Clinton City Schools finance man Clyde Locklear is reportedly leaving the district.
On Thursday afternoon, it was confirmed that Locklear will accept a new position with Cumberland County Schools. Superintendent Frank Till Jr. said Locklear will join the district as an associate superintendent. His expected duties include working with finances for the Cumberland school system, which had an operating budget of more than $412 million for 87 schools.
“He will be the CFO (chief financial officer) for the district,” Till said. “That’s the best way to put it.”
Till said he’s excited about Locklear’s arrival to Cumberland.
“We’re pleased to welcome him to Cumberland County,” Till said.
A message left at Locklear’s Clinton office was not immediately returned before press time Thursday.
Locklear has served under four superintendents during his nearly three decades with Clinton City Schools. Last year, the Clinton City Board of Education and superintendent Stuart Blount stripped Locklear of his previous assistant superintendent title, re-classifying him as its finance director. While Blount called it simply a “title change,” the new title came with a small decrease in pay.
Locklear’s potential official start date and new salary is unknown at this time. Terrace Miller, assistant superintendent of human resources for Clinton City Schools, said Thursday that Locklear had been offered a position in Cumberland but was still employed with Sampson County. The Cumberland County position is not official until its school board meets in early September. At that time, Miller said the move will be official.
“He actually hasn’t resigned at this time,” Miller said. “Technically he is the candidate that they’re recommending.”
Miller said the possibility of Locklear leaving will be a tremendous loss for the district.
“He’s been here a long time and has done a great job for this district for many years,” Miller said. “He will be greatly missed.”