MORROW, Ga -- Clayton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edmond Heatley resigned from the position this afternoon.
The resignation is effective September 30, 2012. No reason was given for the resignation.
In a statement, the district said the board will appoint an interim superintendent "and begin the process of finding a new superintendent for the state's fifth largest school district."
"School has just begun and our primary focus will remain providing the students of Clayton County with a high quality education during this transition," said Board of Education Chair Pam Adamson in the statment. "We are grateful to Dr. Heatley for his service and wish him the best."
Heatley became superintendent of Clayton County Schools in 2009 during a tumultuous time for the district. It was on probation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In 2008, the accrediting agrency took away the district's accreditation, citing interference from the school board involving allegations of misuse of funds, conflict of interest and abuse of power.
Before coming to Clayton County, Dr. Heatley served as the Superintendent of the Chino Valley Unified School District in California.
He went in the education field after retiring from the U.S. Marines.