Just 10 weeks into the school year, the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District has had a major shakeup in principals and other administrators at three of its schools.

The changes at Greenwood High, Threadgill Elementary and Leflore Elementary were publicly announced on the district’s Facebook page Tuesday.

Dr. Mary Brown, the district’s superintendent, provided no explanation for the changes either on that posting or later to the Commonwealth.

Brown, who was out of town at a conference, said in a cryptic prepared statement to the newspaper, “Administrative changes were made at three schools. Each individual was employed within the district and transferred to their newly assigned roles.”

Samantha Milton, the school board president, said she and other board members were made aware by Brown of the changes but they had no involvement in them.

“We can’t get into the day-to-day operations,” Milton said. “We can’t tell her who to move where. She’s the superintendent.”

Milton said that she supports Brown’s reshuffling. “Those changes she felt needed to be made, and I do back her 100 percent.”

Milton said Brown told the board that the administrative moves were “for the betterment of the schools and for the betterment of the boys and girls.”

Greenwood High experienced the biggest turnover, with not only the principal but also all three assistant principals changed.

Barren Cleark, who had been working as the district’s instructional technology coordinator, takes over as principal for Dr. Fletcher Harges. Harges, who had previously worked in the Carroll County district, was named the GHS principal in April.

Barren Cleark


He has been reassigned as chief at one of the consolidated district’s alternative schools.

Cleark, while he was principal of Amanda Elzy Junior High, piloted it from an F to an A rating in 2018, only to have it fall back to a D this year.

His assistants at Greenwood High will include two administrators who until this week held down principal’s jobs themselves: Denina Flowers, the former principal at Threadgill Elementary, and Shajuanda Davis, the former principal at Leflore Elementary. The other assistant principal is Charles Brown, who formerly held the same title at Davis Elementary.

At Threadgill, Valerie Williams takes over as principal. She formerly headed the Leflore site alternative school, where Harges has been reassigned.

Valerie Williams


Jamie McLaurin will continue as an assistant principal at Threadgill. She will be joined by Natessia Jackson, a former assistant principal at Greenwood High, as the elementary school’s other assistant.

April Smith, a former assistant principal at Greenwood High, has been promoted to principal at Leflore. Travis Johnson will continue as Leflore’s lone assistant principal.

April Smith


Contact Tim Kalich at 581-7243 or tkalich@gwcommonwealth.com.


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