Herring is a 25-year education veteran. She’s a native of Macon, Georgia, and a graduate of Spelman College. She received her doctorate at Georgia Southern University. In addition to Birmingham, Herring has worked for the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Charleston County School District in South Carolina. She has also worked as a school counselor and director of support services in the DeKalb County School District.
State law requires the school board to wait at least 14 days after announcing a sole finalist for superintendent before it can cast a final vote. Board chair Jason Esteves has said the board could extend that period of time to give the community enough time to weigh in on Herring’s candidacy through email, social media, and virtual meetings.
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