Atlanta Public Schools has identified three candidates for the system’s superintendent.

They are: Cheryl L. Atkinson, superintendent of the Lorain, Ohio, City Public Schools; Barbara M. Jenkins, deputy superintendent of the Orange County, Fla., Public Schools; and Bonita Coleman-Potter, deputy superintendent of the Prince George’s County, Md., Public Schools (MD).

They were among more than 70 candidates from 23 states recruited for the job by an executive search firm, the school system said. The Atlanta school board interviewed five candidates and settled on the three semi-finalists, the school system said.

“The Board was impressed with the caliber of candidates who expressed interest in becoming our new superintendent,”  Board Chairman Khaatim Sherrer El said in a statement released by the school system.  “We know that picking the right candidate for our next superintendent is the board’s most important job, and we look forward to meeting with the three semi-finalists again. We believe that we will find the candidate who possesses the qualifications and experience to take the helm of APS and lead us to the next level in educational excellence.”

Joe Earle

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