ATLANTA - The Atlanta School Board has officially named Dr. Meria Carstarphen as the district's next superintendent.
She will replace Erroll Davis, who is set to retire. Davis stepped
into the job in July 2011 after then-Superintendent Beverly Hall was named, along with nearly 200 educators, in a state cheating investigation.
Carstarphen is set to begin work in July. She received a three year contract with a salary of $375,000 a year. She'll also receive $2,000 a month for car and other expenses.
Board Chairman Courtney English said Carstarphen is the right person at the right time.
"I have no doubt in my mind that Dr. Carstarphen has the skill set, the temperament, the energy to lead our schools into the future," English said.
"It's just a blessing to just be considered, but it's also an honor to be with these people, this board and this staff that's trying to hard to put things right for Atlanta Public Schools," Carstarphen said. "You're going to work harder than you've ever worked before but we'll try to make it fun, we'll try to make it exciting and we'll try to make it rewarding."
In her previous job as school superintendent in Austin, Texas, Carstarphen increased graduation rates by eight points since 2009. Channel 2 Action News learned her school board passed on the chance to extend her contract beyond 2015.
In a March statement, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed referenced Carstarphen's holistic educational approach, rather than a culture of testing, and said, "I will do everything in my power to support her in our collective efforts to make the Atlanta Public Schools system the best in the nation. Our children, and our city, deserve nothing less."