By: Eames Yates
June 11, 2013
Brooks County, GA - The Brooks County Board of Education voted to elect Owen Clemons as the first African American superintendent in the history of the Brooks County School System.
Mr. Clemons was the sole finalist for the Superintendent position. He's been a part of the Brooks County School System for more than twenty years and has most recently served as the Interim Superintendent. He began in Lowndes teaching science and coaching basketball. He's also served as an Assistant Principal at the Lee County High School in Leesburg, Georgia. Many residents of Brooks County feel his appointment is an important step forward.
Horace Brown, Brooks County resident: "It represents a lot of progress. It means a lot for Brooks County that things are being changed that should have been changed a long time ago. And it's a good feeling to have changes in Quitman."
Owens replaces former Superintendent Debra Folsom who recently retired.