Finalists selected for new Atlanta Public Schools superintendent

The Atlanta Board of Education announced this week it has selected finalists to be the district’s next superintendent. Plans are to have a new Atlanta Public Schools’ leader hired by this fall.

Three finalists were selected after board members conducted a series of interviews, the board said in a news release. The finalists met on June 11 with a community panel to discuss their qualifications and answer questions. The community panel then met with the school board to give their feedback about the candidates.

“The community panel heard a prepared presentation from each finalist and were able to ask direct questions. They then shared their feedback with the Atlanta Board of Education, which then went into executive session to assess the superintendent candidates further,” said the statement.

Now, though, there are apparently two finalists. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed that Gwinnett County Superintendent Calvin Watts was one of the three finalists. The next day, Watts sent out a letter to say he would be staying at his post in Gwinnett.

A spokesperson for the school board said members could not comment on Watts.

“We are proud to remain transparent throughout this process and confident it will allow the Atlanta Board of Education to select the best-fit leader for APS students, teachers, staff and the community,” according to a board statement.

“Per state law, we must continue to keep all names confidential until the process has been completed to protect the candidates’ anonymity and their current employment.”

The search for a new superintendent began last year after the board voted in June not to renew Dr. Lisa Herring’s contract. Herring served from July 1, 2020, until August 2023. 

The school board last year hired Illinois-based Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to conduct a national search.

The school board extended its search process in April after the names of applicants were made public, a violation of the process because it is a personnel issue.

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