Meria Carstarphen addresses the audience after the Atlanta School Board voted unanimously for her to be the next superintendent of school system. Her overall goal is to rebuild the tattered reputation of the school system. She officially starts on July 7. AP photo.
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On a mild Saturday afternoon this past March, an audience of parents, teachers, school administrators and former graduates sat patiently in the main lobby of Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta waiting to meet the lone finalist and apparent next Atlanta School Superintendent. The school’s jazz band pleased the audience with their interpretations of several standard tunes.