Atlanta schools near decision on new superintendent - CBS46 News

Atlanta schools near decision on new superintendent

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Atlanta Public Schools said they are nearing the end of the search for a new school superintendent.

The names of the candidates have not yet been made public, and the community will not meet those under consideration.

School Board Chairman Courtney English told CBS46 News the candidates are  in key jobs in various locations, and the district does not want to jeopardize their current employment.

"Actually, I would love to see a process in which we are actually able to bring the sole finalist here, give the parents and the broader Atlanta community an opportunity to meet them, touch them and then provide feedback to the board before we take any action," said English.

The new leader will replace Superintendent Erroll Davis who is stepping down when his contract expires. Davis took over in 2011 during the heat of the cheating scandal that ended with 35 educators indicted. 

English said the district has received input from teachers, parents and other members of the community throughout the superintendent search.

"It's monumental," said English. "This is a decision that will affect the next 5, 10 15 years in the city of Atlanta. I think people will remember this moment as the time Atlanta decided to get it right for our children."

The names of the candidates will be made public when the list is narrowed down to three or less.

Once the names are released, the district must wait 14 days before taking a final vote. English said they will welcome public input on the candidates during that two-week period.

"We're looking at a number of folks," English said. "These are some of the best and brightest minds on the face of the planet.

A final vote on the new superintendent is expected by the end of April.

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