APS board delays decision on superintendent contract - KMSP-TV

APS board delays decision on superintendent contract

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The Atlanta School Board has delayed a vote on the superintendent's contract amid controversy surrounding some of his recent decisions.  Superintendent Erroll Davis has been on the hot seat since he abruptly removed the leadership at North Atlanta High School.

Davis signed up to lead the APS as the district was in crisis following one of the worst cheating scandal in U.S. history. The district was on probation and its accreditation was in jeopardy. The graduation and dropout rates were embarrassing.

"I view my staying alive as the biggest accomplishment. We've certainly had a lot to deal with," said Davis. "Whether it was the AG and dealing with open meeting issues, whether it was redistricting, whether it was dealing with the state board and the law that would have removed our school board."

The retired Board of Regents Chancellor navigated through all of those obstacles, but has reached a deal breaker with some North Atlanta parents over the removal of interim principal Mark Mygrant and his team.

Parent Cynthia Brown said that one issue is enough for her and urged the board to hold off on renewing Davis' contract.

"I think he had been good for the district up until this point, but yes, the actions of the last couple of weeks, call into question his ability to lead the district and to manage people," said Brown.

The accountability commission has completed Davis' superintendent evaluation for the first year on the job. The entire board gaveled into executive session around 3 p.m. to talk about Davis' future.

The board decided in the closed-door meeting to wait until December to take up Davis' contract.

Davis'  contract won't expire until the end of June 2013. The board could make the decision to launch a national search to find a long-term superintendent.

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