By Special to the Daily World
The Atlanta Board of Education interviewed five candidates for Atlanta Public Schools superintendent last week and decided to move forward with three semi-finalists for the position.
The three are among more than 70 qualified candidates from 23 states and the District of Columbia recruited by Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the executive search firm retained earlier this year by the Board.
The semifinalist candidates are: Dr. Cheryl L. Atkinson, superintendent, Lorain City Public Schools (Ohio); Dr. Barbara M. Jenkins, deputy superintendent, Orange County Public Schools (Florida); and Dr. Bonita Coleman-Potter, deputy superintendent of schools, Prince George’s County Public Schools (Maryland).
The Board will conduct additional interviews with the candidates over the next several weeks as part of the process to identify a finalist candidate for superintendent.
The Board said it will ensure that the community has an opportunity to meet the candidates prior to making a final decision.
Recently, Board Chair Khaatim Sherrer El stepped down, only to be replaced by two co-chairs. Each of the finalists will meet Atlanta parents and residents at some point during the next several weeks, as former Chair El promised.