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Dr. Carstarphen In Atlanta As Austin ISD Plans New Superintendent Search

Updated: Friday, March 28 2014, 06:28 AM CDT
KEYE TV hears from Austin ISD’s Superintendent after she announces she’s planning to leave to lead Atlanta Public Schools. Dr. Meria Carstarphen is in Georgia Friday morning after the Atlanta school district announced her as the sole finalist for the superintendent position at a news conference Thursday.

Vincent Torres, AISD’s Board President, says the board is already thinking about its next leader and will officially start the search Monday. Dr. Carstarphen says she’ll work with Austin’s school board on a transition plan during the next few weeks.

Meanwhile Dr. Carstarphen is in Atlanta after a press conference Thursday. In a statement, Dr. Carstarphen calls herself “a daughter of the Deep South” with “a personal draw to Atlanta”. At the press conference, she said she was born and raised in nearby Selma, Alabama, where her parents still live there, so coming to Atlanta makes sense.

"One of the things about that that's pretty special is Atlanta was always a city when we were kids that we looked up to,” said Dr. Carstarphen. “This was where you came for school trips and you wanted to spend time learning about Atlanta and being part of what was special about the gateway to the South."

Dr. Carstarphen promised to work toward rebuilding trust and putting accountability measures in place. Atlanta’s school system was at the center of a massive cheating scandal in 2011.

“I'm so honored and quite frankly unbelievably humbled by Atlanta's belief, at least by your school board elected leadership and the search committee, to believe that I have the skills and the experience to help Atlanta do what I know is the vision and the hopes for this city,” said Dr. Carstarphen during the press conference.

On Saturday, Dr. Carstarphen will attend several open houses at Atlanta high schools. Atlanta’s school board still needs to officially approve her as the new superintendent. That vote is set for April 14.

Dr. Carstarphen In Atlanta As Austin ISD Plans New Superintendent Search

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