School board announces it will not renew APS superintendent’s contract

ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools has announced that it will not renew its contract with current superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring in 2024.

Herring was hired in May 2020 to replace then-outgoing superintendent Meria Carstarphen.

According to a news release Friday from APS, it said the school board made the decision to end Herring’s tenure on June 30, 2024.

The APS Board of Education did not say why it chose to part ways with Herring.

In a statement from the board, it said: “The Board and Dr. Herring remain committed to the students, families, and employees of Atlanta Public Schools.”


In Herring’s statement, she said “In December of 2022, I received my last performance evaluation and satisfactory feedback with emphasis on the focus of additional engagement and stronger communications efforts. I have worked diligently to honor the work and expectations of our board and community.”

She also stressed the issues the district has faced since taking over as superintendent.

“These recent years have been marked with incredible moments punctuated by the COVID-19 pandemic that challenged me as a leader, our educators and our scholars alike. Yet, these moments also highlighted our collective resilience, innovation, ingenuity, perseverance and strength that remain a hallmark of our district’s 150-year legacy,” Herring said.

Channel 2 Action News did ask Herring for an on-camera interview, but she said she is sticking with her written statement.

Channel 2′s Courtney Francisco contacted the teacher’s union – The Georgia Association of Educators – for comment. A spokesman said they did not have a comment on this issue.

Francisco is also working to get comments from APS Board of Education members.

There is a board meeting scheduled at district headquarters on Monday, where time has been allotted for public comment.

So far, there is no timeline for finding Herring’s replacement.


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