APS Hires Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins as Chief Academic Officer

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                                        October 6, 2014

APS Hires Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins as Chief Academic Officer

 ATLANTA – The Atlanta Board of Education voted to accept Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen’s recommendation to hire Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins as chief academic officer (CAO) for Atlanta Public Schools (APS).

The APS chief Carlton D. Jenkinsacademic officer is responsible for driving the district’s core academic function — curriculum and instruction delivery to more than 50,000 students.

Jenkins is credited with transforming schools and developing current and future leaders in K-12 public education as superintendent of Saginaw Public Schools District in Saginaw, MI.  During his tenure, Jenkins increased the graduation rate by 14.1 percentage points and reduced the dropout rate by 4.9 percentage points over four years for all students. With more than 25 years of experience in education, Jenkins has served in leadership positions such as an associate administrator, principal of a middle school and three high schools, executive director of Project-GRAD leadership K-12 and executive director of secondary leadership.

A native of Phenix City, Ala., Jenkins received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi Valley State University, a master’s degree in educational administration and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“As we implement a new strategic direction for Atlanta Public Schools, Jenkins will have a crucial role in fulfilling our mission of preparing students for college and career success,” Superintendent Carstarphen said.

“I look forward to being a part of Atlanta, APS, and a strong team that is dedicated to supporting students and leading our teachers and staff to academic success for all our students,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins will join APS on October 20, 2014.

About Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit http://www.atlantapublicschools.us.


October 7, 2014 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

LIVE BLOG: Board of Education Monthly Meeting, October 6, 2014

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The meeting will begin soon.  Tonight we will update the live blog with highlights from the Committee of the Whole and Legislative Meetings.  We will blog public comment from the community meeting if time permits.

Tonight marks the fourth meeting for the district’s new superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen.

Supporting documents for the following presentations are located below.

Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen, Superintendent (15 minutes)

  • District Strategic Planning Process

Angela Smith, Special Assistant to the Superintendent (30 Minutes)

  • School System Operating Models and Flexibility Options Advisory Recommendation to the Administration

William Caritj, Chief Accountability and Information Officer (20 minutes)

Pamela Hall, Chief Human Resources Officer

  • Teacher and Leader Appraisal/Merit Pay

Larry Hoskins, Chief Operating Officer (20 minutes)

  • Middle School Configuration for North Atlanta Cluster

Chuck Burbridge, Chief Financial Officer (15 minutes)

  • FY 2015 General Fund Monthly Financial Update Overview
CLICK HERE to download today’s Committee of the Whole agenda.
4:28pm – Board has entered into executive session.
6:08pm – Board has returned from executive session.
 Community Meeting:
Community member:  MJHS parent thanks APS and Larry Hoskins for timely response to maintenance and building issues at Jackson High.  Speaks about the replacement of the field house for students.
Community member:  Intown Charter parent invites the community to get to know more about the school.
Matt Underwood, Principal of ANCS:  Thanks BOE for allowing the chef of ANCS to provide dinner prior to the meeting.
Community member:  I want to make sure that as we prepare for the operating model, that we do not leave out the least of these.  This week is a week of action. We are asking that APS considers a moratorium on suspensions.  We should look at using some of our surplus properties as justice centers.  When we suspend them now, we suspend them to the streets.  As we go into our cluster models and we go into our vertical alignment, we want to see you consider the needs of the clusters and the solutions proposed.  You need a fair and equitable way to hear from all members of the community.
Community member:  The decision to choose whether we will be an IE2 system, charter system, etc is the result of work by the Georgia Legislature.  The school district should always inform parents about any decisions that will affect their children.  Those who are choosing an operating model should look at the district’s strengths and weaknesses.
Community member:  Every child in APS has the right to a sound and equitable education.  Parents believe this was a rushed decision and you had little consideration of the negative effect it will have on our children.  It is time to figure out how to reduce the class size.  I am for school choice.  I am not for one choice.  Stop shoving aside the needs of the majority of the needs of our children.
Community member:  Dr. Carstarphen, let me start off by thanking you for coming and celebrating 90 years of history at BTWHS this year.  My first point is safety and security at BTWHS.  We used to have 4 hall monitors and they were taken away.  I feel that we need those 4 monitors back.  There are safety issues right outside the school.  The next issue I want to discuss is the custodial staff contracted out to the school.  Someone needs to look into this contract.
Community partner:  Discusses commitment of the farm to school program in APS and announces the district’s latest award, the Golden Radish Award.
6:44pm End of public comment.  The Legislative meeting will now begin.
Watch October 6, 2014 Board of Education Meeting on @livestream: http://new.livestream.com/k12aps/events/3440295
This ends our live blog for tonight.

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Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence: Garden Hills Elementary Boasts Two Winners

Teaching first grade inspired Mrs. Barnes to ignite a love for literacy throughout her school.  For the past three years, she has challenged all Garden Hills students to read one million words during the school year. Since her challenge began, each year an average of 40 students have achieved this goal, on every grade level – even kindergarten!

Congratulations Ms. Barnes!

 Mrs. Barnes’ Ready to Read project is recognized as one of this year’s Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence winners.

With the proceeds from the award, she plans to purchase approximately 300 hardbound books (a mix of fiction and non-fiction) to augment the school’s selection for readers in the lower reading range, in its accelerated reader motivation for reading program.  She also plans to arrange for a rolling cart to house the books so they can be shared more easily. The cart will allow books to be rolled from class to class throughout the day and used by all first graders.

“Over the years I have noticed a need for appropriate reading materials for students who enter first grade below a first-grade reading level,” said Mrs. Barnes.  “It is a project that I would like to implement in all first grade classes at our school.”

Congratulations Ms. Carlson!

Mrs. Barnes began her teaching career through the Urban Alternative Preparation Program at Georgia State University. Since joining the Atlanta Public School system in 2000, she has spent the last ten years teaching first grade at Garden Hills.

This is Katie Carlson’s seventh year of teaching and her second year at Garden Hills.  It was her Learning Gardens project that earned recognition as one of this year’s Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence winners.

“The mission of the Learning Gardens Project is to help Garden Hills Elementary create, sustain, and use onsite gardens through plant-based learning, field trips, outdoor garden use, and plant activities in the classroom,” said Ms. Carlson.  “In the process, students participate in activities that increase science knowledge, sharpen math skills, spur literacy and support lessons in geography, writing and social studies.”

In her short time working for Atlanta Public Schools, Katie has grown tremendously as an educator. She has participated in multiple professional development opportunities including Junior Great Books, Category 1 International Baccalaureate, and various other early literacy trainings.

Ms. Carlson has worked with The Captain Planet Foundation, PTA, students and staff to create learning gardens at Garden Hills.  For this work, she also has won a two-year grant from the Captain Planet Foundation, various Donors Choose grants and a Target Field Trip grant.

After earning her Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, Ms. Carlson began her teaching career at Dresden Elementary in DeKalb County Schools, and served as secretary and co-president of the PTA board.  Congratulations to both teachers and the entire Garden Hills family.




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Custodial Appreciation Day

by Britney Morgan, Communications Officer

Toya Roberts has a Big Heart and Humble Spirit

This is the second school year for Toya Roberts, custodian at Burgess-Peterson Elementary.  With a very pleasant and somewhat bashful personality, Mr. Roberts didn’t say much during his interview, but the teachers and staff at Burgess Peterson had plenty to say. The front office personnel, Charlotte Holloway-Brown and Kim Smith, expressed their appreciation for Mr. Roberts— calling him a blessing to their school and commending him for the pride he has in his work. “There are a lot of words I could use to describe him, but the one word that fits is humble. He is such a humble person,” said Brown.

As Mr. Roberts walked through the hallways, it was obvious he had a great relationship with the teachers, staff and students. They all greeted him with hello, thank you, and of course some threw in a few requests as well. Fairly new to the position, he has made quite an impression, and teachers and staff members were quick to praise him as an asset to the school.

“Whatever you need he will get it done,” “he has a great attitude,” “he’s such a humble person” and “he’s great with the kids,” are the compliments that the staff use to describe Mr. Roberts.

He gets to work early and stays late, he’s proactive in his efforts, and he never forgets a request. “He may not get your classroom right then, but he will get to you,” explained another staff member that we passed walking through the halls.

He understands that he too can have a positive impact on the lives of students. He currently mentors a student who attends Burgess-Peterson.

In his spare time, Mr. Roberts plays basketball, shoots pool and jogs. He says that he loves his job because the teachers, staff and students treat him like family. When asked if there was anything else that he would like to share, he simply stated with a huge smile, “Burgess-Peterson is the best school in the Atlanta Public Schools system. “

Principal Robin Robbins shares his sense of pride.  “As we celebrate National Custodian Day, Mr. Roberts is definitely one to be celebrated! What a great asset to our school and school district,” said Robbins.

If you see Mr. Roberts or any other custodian be sure you express your appreciation for all that they do.  They are one of the many important teachers outside the classroom who are helping to prepare our students for college and career success.


Atlanta Public Schools Appreciates Roy Talley 

Roy Talley has been with Atlanta Public Schools for 17 years.  He’s worked at Capital View Elementary, Benjamin E. Mays and is currently the head custodian at Forrest Hill Academy.

He said what he loves most about his job is the children. “Sometimes they come to me for advice,and I gladly give it to them,” said Talley.  “I just want to make sure that I help keep them in a clean environment to learn in.”
Talley’s manager, David Cooper, said that he can always count on him. “Roy has been a trooper during my seven years of managing him. He has been one of the most dedicated and consistent employees I’ve had,” explained Cooper.
Mr. Talley looks forward to coming to work each day and doing a good job. His enthusiasm is evident in his willingness to help outside of his work hours, “Not only does he do a great job of addressing teacher, student and staff needs, but he’s always quick to volunteer and work overtime. Whether it be for different programs at other schools or being a part of the painting team during the summer to help prepare for Day One,” said Cooper.
Even though Mr. Talley puts in additional hours, he does manage to find some free time. He enjoys reading on his down time and is now getting ready to join a book club. When asked if there was anything else that he would like to share he adds: “ I look forward to coming to work each day and doing a good job”.
29 Years and counting-Meet Ruby Walker of Therrell High School 
Celebrating 29 years with one organization speaks volumes about an individual. APS custodian Ruby Walker knows that she is rare and she appreciates the fact that she’s been able to establish a great career in Atlanta Public Schools. She started her career at Douglass High School in the‘80s where she spent 16 years.  Since then she’s worked at four other schools including West ManorElementary, Deerwood Academy, and Benjamin E. Mays.  She is now at D.M. Therrell. 
What she loves most about her job is coming to work, knowing that she is going to see and work with nice people. She says the students treat her with the upmost respect. “They treat me like their mother. Some call me auntie, some call me granny,” explained Walker.  She takes pride in keeping the halls clean and the school presentable. Her daily workload consists of maintaining the cleanliness of the cafeteria and bathrooms, but one thing she takes seriously are the hallways. “I like to be on my hallways every time the bell rings. The kids like to eat candy and junk food, and I just want to make sure the halls stay clean,” said Walker.
Ms. Walker says her faith gives her the strength to continue to get up, go to work, and do a good job every day. In her free time, Ms. Walker likes to travel.  When asked if there is anything else she would like to share, she said “I’d like to thank APS for allowing me to work as long as I have worked.” If you see Ms. Walker or any of our other custodians tell them how much you appreciate them and all that they do.  Our district cannot successfully prepare students for a bright future without them.


October 2, 2014 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Superintendent Advisory Committees Meeting Notice

OCTOBER 1, 2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm., individuals representing the Nine (9) Atlanta Public Schools Clusters will convene a meeting in the auditorium of the Center for Learning and Leadership.

At the meeting, the administration will collect the cluster nominations for the Three (3) Superintendent Advisory Committees (Finance, SPLOST, and Special Education); the group will also discuss the options for each cluster, ensuring that community members who applied online are considered in the process of deciding cluster representation.

The administration will take all of the feedback and nominations from the October 1st   meeting and will make a final determination about the committee make-up by Monday, October 6th.

This meeting is open to the public.


Center for Learning and Leadership


130 Trinity Ave, SW

Atlanta, Georgia 30303


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