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Dr. Lisa Herring was announced as the sole finalist for superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.

Birmingham superintendent Herring announced as sole finalist to lead APS

May 4, 2020

The Atlanta Board of Education announced Dr. Lisa Herring, current Birmingham superintendent, is the sole finalist to replace Dr. Meria Carstaphen. Herring, ...

The southerner sat down with Dr. Lisa Herring, sole finalist for APS superintendent, to discuss pertinent issues that face the district.

Q & A with sole superintendent finalist Dr. Lisa Herring

April 30, 2020

Dr. Lisa Herring, current superintendent of Birmingham City Schools, was announced on April 21 as the sole finalist for the superintendent of Atlanta Pub...

The Class of 2020 won't have a traditional graduation ceremony on May 20 as planned. The district hopes to hold commencement later in the year but is planning a virtual

Commencement postponed, supplemented with virtual “celebration”

April 27, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools commencement ceremonies are “officially on” but postponed until late July or later, according to Superintendent Dr. Meria Car...

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen speaks at a virtual media roundtable about the impact COVId-19 has had the 2019-2020 school year.

Superintendent clarifies plan for remainder of school year

April 2, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen gave details on the state's decision to close school for all in-person instruction for the r...

Freshman Brian Edwards works from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Recent announcements regarding school closures through the end of the 2019-2020 school year have left students grappling with the extended reality of online school.

Parents, teachers, students react to school closure for rest of school year

April 1, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools announced Wednesday that the school district would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the 2019-2020 school ye...

Atlanta Board of Education Executive Administrator Pierre Gaither speaks to members of the district's newly-created Student Advisory Council at the group's Sept. 26, 2019 meeting.

New advisory council gives students a voice in district policy making

February 4, 2020

In an effort to encourage student participation in district policy making, the Atlanta Board of Education launched a Student Advisory Council. Composed...

Vandalism, known around campus as tagging has covered bathroom stalls across campus as administration tries to tackle this issue.

Administration addresses increased vandalism and property destruction

January 28, 2020

Spray paint saturates gray cinder block walls and doors hang off their hinges.  The administration has become concerned over an increase in vand...

SCRAPBOOK: Above clippings and photographs from the Southerner’s archives and Principal Dr. Betsy Bockman’s records illustrate her impact on Atlanta Public Schools at Morningside Elementary, Inman Middle and Grady High. 2019 marks her third year at Grady.

Principal proves successful with high scores, equitable schools

December 18, 2019

In 2013, she led the biggest gains in student achievement of all traditional Atlanta middle schools. In the years following, she raised test score...

An architectural rendering of the new addition to the renovated historic Howard building. The building will reopen next fall as the new Howard Middle School, replacing Inman Middle School, which is Grady's current feeder school.

Historic Howard reopening combines history with a look to the future

October 29, 2019

David T. Howard Middle School, a historic school in Old Fourth Ward, is coming back to life for a new generation. In 1924, Atlanta Public Schools opened...

Carstarphen questions why contract not extended

September 17, 2019

Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen said she was surprised by the Atlanta Board of Education’s decision last week to not renew her contract. The superinten...

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen at Grady on April 30, 2014. Dr. Carstaphen, whose contract will not be renewed after it expires June 30, 2020, was named the district's chief on April 14, 2014.

Superintendent and school board chair dispute reasoning for not extending contract

September 10, 2019

After the Atlanta school board decided not to renew Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen’s contract, both sides went to the media to tell their ...

APS confirms it first case of COVID-19. The unnamed North Atlanta employee did not have contact with students or faculty.

Atlanta school board to begin search for new superintendent

September 9, 2019

The Atlanta Board of Education has opted to not renew the contract of Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen. Dr. Carstarphen has been superintendent s...

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