Heatley, a retired Marine master sergeant, replaces controversial superintendent John Thompson, who was fired in April. Residents criticized Thompson's contract, which was valued at about $400,000. The contract included a $285,000 annual salary, $2,000 monthly housing stipend and 107 paid days off.
Heatley, 46, pledged to spend at least several years in Clayton - enough time to recruit back the 3,500 students who fled because of the loss of accreditation, he said. He also has promised to send his own children to Clayton schools.
The board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Jonesboro.