Hiring freeze hits APS after new superintendent appointed

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ATLANTA - A hiring freeze has been put in place for Atlanta Public Schools until new superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen is in place, according to Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis.

In a memo sent out by Davis, he said that the freeze is in place to give Carstarphen the flexibility to make organizational changes.

Davis said that employees will also be expected to take on additional work assignments if necessary to compensate for any positions that are not filled. The freeze also places a hold on purchasing items that exceed $1,000 and anything beyond that would require personal review and approval.

According to Davis, the freeze excludes hiring for positions that directly impact student engagement such as teachers and principals as well as operational positions such as bus drivers and food service workers.