The Union Recorder

March 27, 2013

Putnam mourns the loss of superintendent

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder


The Putnam County school system, community, friends and family suffered a loss early Wednesday morning after learning Putnam County Charter School System (PCCSS) Superintendent Marcia Clanton passed away.

“We do not have specific details of the final arrangements at this time,” said acting superintendent Eric Arena at press time Tuesday. “[Clanton] was a tremendous educator and a great supporter of the performing arts and literary. She was just a remarkable educator, and we’re very sad that she has passed away.”

Putnam school board member Doris Clemons of District 1 said she considered Clanton more than a highly-regarded educator and role model.

“Marcia did what she loved; she loved teaching, her job, her students and Putnam County. Putnam County has lost what I would consider a great asset because she was a great asset to the school system and to the community. She did her job everyday, 24-7, not only for the system, but you would see her out and about in the community,” Clemons said. “She is missed. I’m saddened by her loss because I thought of her not only as a superintendent but as a friend.”

Clanton worked and served in education for more than 30 years. She spent two decades in Savannah-Chatham County schools before coming on board as the PCCSS superintendent in 2010.

“Marcia comes with tremendous credentials. She was highly qualified for what she did,” Clemons said. “Hopefully the school board is due diligence in finding someone that is as highly regarded as she was. Someone that will take our county school system to a higher level.”

Clanton suffered a stoke in late December while visiting her hometown in North Carolina. Arena, who at the time was assistant superintendent, was authorized by the school board in early January to assume Clanton’s duties as acting superintendent.

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