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Dr. Meria Carstarphen named Atlanta Public Schools superintendent

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Atlanta Public Schools announced that Dr. Meria Carstarphen has been named its superintendent of schools. The board voted unanimously Monday to approve her three-year contract.

Carstarphen will oversee the district's 49,000 students and 7,000 employees on a $850 million budget.

Click here to read the key terms of her contract.

"Today marks a critical step toward achieving educational excellence for our students. This is an important moment for our children, communities and our city," said Courtney D. English, Atlanta Board of Education chairman.

"Given her focus on the development of the whole child, and using a collaborative approach to see that students achieve, I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Carstarphen's leadership. She is the right leader at the right time for our system who will deliver the best education possible to our students. It's time for Atlanta to believe again."

Carstarphen has nearly 20 years of experience in education in a variety of school districts in Texas, Minnesota and Washington, DC.

"You have my commitment to do my part to ensure the district is really being thoughtful about all of the challenges it has had in the past," Carstarphen told the crowd at district headquarters.

She said she would focus on operations, academics and leadership issues.

"You're going to work harder than you ever have before," she told employees. "But we'll try to make it fun, we'll try to make it exciting and we'll try to make it rewarding."

Carstarphan will officially start on July 7, but will be back and forth to Atlanta in the interim.

"This is a hard job," said outgoing Superintendent Erroll Davis, who led the district since 2011. "It's day-to-day trench warfare. It is hand-to-hand combat but I have to admire the people who want to do these things."

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