Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis on Thursday, April 17, 2014, announced a hiring freeze for APS. With all due to respect to the new superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen, who is scheduled to take the leadership and top job on July 7, 2014. Regardless of the start date the new superintendent is making her presence known.
The hiring freeze excludes teachers and bus drivers. These positions have direct impact on students and student achievement. The freeze will give Dr. Carstarphen an opportunity for reorganization for the district. The freeze will provide the new superintendent and board time to focus on the budget for 2014-15 and to put the money in the right places that will impact student achievement. There are 19 administrative openings in APS from elementary, middle to high school. Those crucial positions must be filled quickly, in preparation for the 2014-15 school year.
The latest in the resignations are Northside High School principal, Howard Taylor and Sutton Middle School principal, Audrey Sofianos. Dr. Carstarphen has stated and talked about getting the best and brightest leaders for the schools. The openings will give her the opportunity to do just that. She will be able to reorganize and establish effective administrative teams at all schools. Atlanta Public Schools need an attitude of building a community of leaders, who are change agents or the educational jargon, turnaround principals. Children first.
‘The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.’ -Henry Kissinger