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Retiring APS Supt. Erroll Davis on final housekeeping and reflection

Erroll B. Davis prepares to retire as superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, but not without some final house keeping and reflection.
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Atlanta Public School Superintendent, Erroll B. Davis prepares to steps down as head of the district and Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen stands ready to step in place at the end of June.

In an interview with Channel 2’s Jovita Moore Davis said he has some unfinished business like the unsettled controversy surrounding millions of dollars owed to Atlanta schools by the city of Atlanta for the Atlanta Beltline Project. Davis told Moore he is prepared to sue the city. APS say the city owes the district $19 million stemming from a contract the two groups made years ago regarding the Atlanta Beltline funding.

“Our loyalty is to the children of this district and to the extent, that resources are due to them, we will vigorously pursue those resources,” said Davis in the interview.

In response, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell says he wants to talk about this dispute, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Erroll Davis was appointed to the position of Superintendent on July 1, 2011. His appointment came as former superintendent Beverly Hall found herself deep in the Atlanta Public School CRCT test cheating scandal. The cheating case rocked the district to its core as it involved investigating 44 of 56 schools, nearly 200 educators, originally indicting 35 educators, sending 13 to trial, including Beverly Hall, and now immunity agreements for accused educators.

Davis was charged with the massive task of leading APS from under the worst educational cloud of its history. Davis maintains he and the district worked hard to restore community trust in the system, and rectify academic wrongs that impacted students.

“It’s been a learning experience, and some of the things I learned were very unfortunate. I spent a good part of the last three years being quite angry at what adults have visited upon children,” Davis said.

When asked what he would have done differently as he looks back over the past three years, Davis said, “Clearly looking back, there are things I could have done better, different timing, different ways to implement decisions. I believe rather directionally we have made the correct decisions.”

Davis says while there is still a lot of work to be done, there has been a lot of good accomplished.

Prior to serving as superintendent, Erroll B. Davis Jr. served as chancellor of the University System of Georgia.

Davis officially leaves the Atlanta Public School System on July 6th.

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