Brooks County Welcomes First Black Superintendent

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By Greg Gullberg
June 24, 2013

Quitman, GA - It's history in the making. With his right hand in the air Owen Clemons was sworn-in to be the first black Superintendent of schools in Brooks County Monday.

"It's a great feeling. I guess it sort of lends it self to my father who was actually a history maker. In the Lowndes County Public School System he was actually the first African American to run for the Lowndes County School Board. So history has been throughout our family," said Clemons.

The School Board voted unanimously to approve Clemons earlier this month. And he's no stranger around here, he's been in the Brooks School System more than twenty years. Folks we talked to are sure proud to see him making history including his brother Abraham.

"To me it doesn't matter whether he's black or white as long as he can get the job done. And I think he'll do a great job for Brooks County Schools," said Abraham Clemons.

So what comes next for the new superintendent?

"Getting feed back in our school system as to what's working well. What's not working well and some of the things we have to do better than we're doing in the school system," said Owen Clemons.

Owens replaces former superintendent Debra Folsom who recently retired after more than 40 years.

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