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CCSD Superintendent Xernona Thomas Is Taking Medical Leave

CCSD Superintendent Xernona Thomas retired Oct. 8.

Clarke County School District Superintendent Xernona Thomas is taking a 5-7 week medical leave of absence for an undisclosed ailment effect Jan. 6, the district announced Monday.

Chief Academic Officer Brannon Gaskins will serve as acting superintendent during her absence.

“While it is difficult to step away from CCSD, however briefly, I know it is in the best interest to concentrate on my health,” Thomas said in an email to the CCSD community. “I have complete confidence in Mr. Gaskins and my administrative team to continue to focus on our strategic priorities and do what’s best for our students. I am committed to returning to the school district as soon as possible.”

Communications and Partnerships Manager Beth Moore said she would not address any health questions concerning CCSD staff.

Thomas disclosed in July 2020 that she had been hospitalized with COVID-19, but she appeared to fully recover. She announced in November that she would retire at the end of this year.