Superintendent Meria Carstarphen
Superintendent Meria Carstarphen

The Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously during its Sept. 8 meeting to approve a new contract that extends the length of Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen through June 30, 2018.

Carstarphen was hired last year under a three-year contract that would have expired June 30, 2017. The terms of the superintendent’s contract remain the same; the only change is the date it expires. This is in accordance with state law, which limits a superintendent’s contract to three-year terms.

“Tonight the Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously to extend the contract of Superintendent Meria Carstarphen through June 2018,” said Courtney D. English, chair, Atlanta Board of Education. “We selected Dr. Carstarphen as superintendent because of her experience, drive and extraordinary passion for improving the lives of our children. We are pleased to be able to expand her timetable for transforming our schools. From directing the system through the new operating model conversion to designing our school turnaround strategy, we know the challenges that Atlanta Public Schools faces. Dr. Carstarphen has met these challenges with a long-term vision and a clear strategic approach to working with all of our students, families, teachers and employees.”

“I am humbled by the Board’s confidence in my work so far and am pleased they see that I am dedicated and focused on the work to come in leading the turnaround of Atlanta Public Schools,” said Carstarphen. “I am also pleased to have the additional year to do the work to rebuild trust in the district and help our children graduate on time and ready for college and careers.”

Collin Kelley

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.

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