Dr_C_newThe Atlanta Board of Education announced last night that that Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen is the sole finalist for superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. She will replace Erroll B. Davis, Jr., who was appointed superintendent in July, 2011. 

Carstarphen was selected from a list of four candidates by the APS Superintendent Search Committee. She has nearly 20 years of experience in public education and is currently superintendent of the Austin Independent School District.

The search committee noted that under Carstarphen’s leadership in Austin the graduation rate improved to an all-time high and the dropout rate decreased, SAT and ACT exam scores increased and attendance rates improved to 95 percent. She previously served as the superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools in Minnesota, and in accountability positions for public school systems in the District of Columbia and Columbus, Ohio. Carstarphen’s professional experience includes teaching at the middle school level, as well as elementary education in Spain and Venezuela.

The Atlanta Board of Education will officially vote on Carstarphen during the April 14 board meeting. 

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.