Just a little over six years ago, inside Hope-Hill Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools officials announced Dr. Meria Carstarphen would be the school system’s new leader.
At the time, officials were still grappling with the sting of the 2009 cheating scandal. Carstarphen entered the role with a three-year contract and an ambitious ‘turnaround plan’ for some low-performing schools.
Since then, the board has given Carstarphen three, one-year extensions.
However, in September 2019, following a contentious board vote, the Atlanta Board of Education decided not to extend Carstarphen’s contract, which ends June 30, 2020.
On Monday, with less than 48-hours from the end of her time as superintendent, Carstarphen joined “Closer Look” host Rose Scott for a conversation reflecting upon her time with the school system.
“I have always used our vision to be a high-performing school district where students love to learn, educators inspire, teachers engage, and the community trusts Atlanta Public Schools again,” Carstarphen said. “That has been my aspirational goal from the beginning set by this board and has led us — or motivated us — for the last six years.”
Dr. Lisa Herring, formerly of Birmingham Public School District, will be the new APS superintendent.
A note of disclosure: The Atlanta Board of Education holds WABE’s broadcast license.
To listen to the full conversation, click on the audio player above.