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Atlanta School Board anticipates narrowing down superintendent search soon

Board appreciates Carstarphen's work during crisis, but still wants new superintendent.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta School Board issued a letter on Friday saying they were appreciative of the work from Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen during the COVID-19 crisis.

The letter, signed by board chairman Jason F. Esteves, also served to indicate that the board was still in the midst of the search for a new school superintendent after announcing last September that they would not be renewing Carstarphen's contract once it runs out in June.

"We are in the final stage of the process and anticipate introducing you to a sole finalist soon," Esteves said, in part. "Over the past six months, many members of the APS community played a crucial role in crafting the leadership profile the Board used to identify potential candidates."

According to Esteves, the board conducted four rounds of interviews, including both in-person interviews and interviews with a panel of community members.

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"We feel very confident that we will select the leader that will guide APS through the implementation of the recently adopted Strategic Plan and beyond," Esteves said.  

Carstarphen has been APS superintendent since 2014. Prior to coming to Atlanta, she led school districts in St. Paul, Minn. and Austin, Tex. 

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