The Atlanta School Board unanimously voted to approve the lone candidate emerging from the nationwide search for a new APS school superintendent.
The finalist, Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen, will become the next superintendent of Atlanta schools, effective this summer.
Carstarphen has been in and out of Atlanta for past two week meeting educators, city leaders, and participating in town hall meetings. She told the crowd at the Monday board meeting that there is “a lot of work to be done.”
Carstarphen currently serves as the superintendent of schools in Austin, Texas. She joined the Austin Independent School District in 2009 as its first African American and first female superintendent. Carstarphen will take over for current APS Superintendent Erroll Davis, who will retire when his contact ends in June.
Davis stepped into the position in July 2011 at the height of the Atlanta Public schools’ Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) cheating scandal. He replaced former APS superintendent Beverly Hall who presently faces charges of racketeering and conspiracy in her upcoming test cheating trial. Hall was among 35 educators indicted on charges dating back to 2009, and involving 44 out of 56 Atlanta Public Schools.