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Clarke County BOE Move Towards Hiring a New Superintendent at Tonight's Meeting

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Dr. Robbie Hooker

Clarke County Board of Education members are set to take another step towards hiring a new superintendent at their meeting this evening.

After a months-long search, the district announced that former Clarke Central High School principal Robbie Hooker was the sole finalist for the superintendent’s position, which current Superintendent Xernona Thomas was planning to vacate at the end of the year.

Given Hooker’s experience in the school district, board members have advanced his start date to October 10, assuming the board approves his hire this month.

In addition to serving as principal of Clarke Central, Hooker also taught at Coile Middle School, and served as principal of Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School. He comes back to Clarke County from the Social Circle City Schools, where he was named Superintendent in 2019.

The Board of Education meets tonight at 6PM. The meeting will be streamed on the district YouTube page.

Martin Matheny was promoted to Program Director and Content Strategist on July 1, 2022. He has served as the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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