APS school chief search down to two candidates as one drops out

APS spokesman Keith Bromery confirmed that Barbara M. Jenkins of Florida has dropped out of the selection process for Atlanta school chief, leaving two candidates in the running. Jenkins is deputy schools superintendent of Orange County.

“Yes, the candidate has withdrawn her name for consideration for APS superintendent,” he said in an e-mail today.

Interesting that Jenkins was the only one of the three candidates who declined to talk to the AJC last week for its story on the finalists. Bonita Coleman-Potter, deputy superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, and Superintendent Cheryl L.H. Atkinson of Lorain City Public Schools in Ohio were interviewed for the news story.

In the meantime, University System Chancellor Erroll B. Davis is about to step into the APS school chief job July 1 as interim. He steps down from the chancellor’s post at the end of this month. In an interview, Davis told the the AJC that he could lead the 49,800-student system for anywhere from four weeks to a year, depending on when the board finishes its considerations.

There is now one less candidate to consider.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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DeKalb mom

June 21st, 2011
8:08 pm

Ms. Jenkins, please, please come rescue us in DeKalb County.

David Sims

June 21st, 2011
8:09 pm

Oh well. You didn’t really have a winner in that pack anyway.


June 21st, 2011
8:27 pm

Ms. Jenkins is a very smart woman. This mess at APS is about to get MESSIER. If I had to choose one, my choice would be Ms. Potter.

Doris M

June 21st, 2011
8:36 pm

The remaining two may opt out once the cheating investigation results are released. The news report about Millicent Few directing her director of internal investigations to destroy evidence is likely to bring her and Dr. Hall up on charges. I hope Few is leaving with Hall.

Raquel Morris

June 21st, 2011
8:41 pm

Beverly Hall is going to jail.

Dr. John Trotter

June 21st, 2011
8:57 pm

Our staff at MACE dealt with Colinda Howard on dozens and dozens of cases. Personally, I found that Ms. Howard tried as much as she could to work with us honorably. When I was told that she was “walked out” (so to speak) like at least three others whom I know of in the Office of Internal Resolutions (OIR), I felt that something indeed was up. I always have felt that when someone in that department suffers the pangs of conscience, they were dismissed with all due alacrity.

So many, many times did we picket with signs which read, “Atlanta is a Gansta System!” coupled with signs which read, “Hall Must Go!” What do the theologians call it? Speaking truth to power. A prophetic voice, I suppose. Ha! Many of those pickets were in some very inclement weather too! Picketing in 100 degree heat with suits and ties.

Many, many lives have been negatively affected (financially, emotionally, as well as physically) by the Beverly Hall Administration. There is a balm in Gilead.


June 21st, 2011
9:06 pm

Lately, APS investigator Penn Payne has been mentioned quite a bit in this cheating investigation. Here’s hoping that the investigators will review every one of Penn Payne’s internal investigations of APS employee complaints; especially the those involving Controller Nader Sohrab & the alleged time & attendance cheating by Finance Managers. I’m totally convinced now that Penn Payne, Beverly Hall, Millicent Few, Chuck Burbridge, & Nader Sohrab should be indicted for wrongdoing & coverup.

Dr. John Trotter

June 21st, 2011
9:15 pm

Might Colinda Howard’s testimony about the on-goings of the Beverly Hall Administration relative to the systematic cheating scandal be akin to the testimony of Alexander Butterfield before the Senate Watergate Hearing Committee on July 16, 1973? (Three days earlier, Butterfield had already disclosed to the staff what he disclosed to the entire country on national television on July 16, 1973.) There was a secret taping system in the White House, and every meeting (no exceptions) in which President Richard Nixon participated was taped. Fred Thompson, a GOP Staff Attorney and Aide to Senator Howard Baker (in fact it was Thompson who coined this question, “What did he know, and when did he know it?”) bursts on the national stage. He asked Butterfield the fateful question about the taping. The taping led to President Nixon’s resignation, especially after Judge Sirica’s ruling that he had to turn over all the tapes.

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we set out to deceive. I had rather tell the truth, offend people, and have folks pissed off with me — which is often the case. You can’t remember all of those lies. I’d rather be called “crazy” than a “liar.”


June 21st, 2011
9:19 pm

Chilly we have been providing accurate information on these very folks on this blog monthly and I only hope the GBI investigator have been following the leads provided. We have spoke about Millicent Few on several occasions on this blog and it is all true. Jeff Thomas, Director in Risk Management is also a character in the games and he is very good at hiding his hands too.


June 21st, 2011
9:19 pm

“Many, many lives have been negatively affected (financially, emotionally, as well as physically) by the Beverly Hall Administration. There is a balm in Gilead.”

@Dr. John Trotter – That is so true. The Beverly Hall Administration is HEARTLESS! I think that she should be arrested & sent to prison.

Private Eyes

June 21st, 2011
9:21 pm

Now the other two candidates can recuse themselves as well as we are not interested in any of the finalist presented to date.


June 21st, 2011
9:34 pm

Atkinson has been in Lorain which seems to be a disaster. Kansas City where she was before is perhaps the biggest disaster financially and otherwise in the country. Someone said Charlotte was good, but my relatives who had children there said it was awful. You want someone who has at least seen a good school district.

APS Educator Under Fire

June 21st, 2011
9:53 pm

The chickens have come home to roost.


June 21st, 2011
9:54 pm

this is too much


June 21st, 2011
9:55 pm

This is deep

Deep Throat

June 21st, 2011
10:01 pm

How many more employees suffered the same fate as this woman of conscious?

The report would be fascinating except when you remember that if there was cheating, then there was NO learning. The feds will have good reason to get all of their money back from APS paid over due to fraud; the accused can be prosecuted and punished if found guilty; Dr. Hall gets to leave her job under her terms; the business community still did roughshod over APS thanks to the mayor and the StepUp special interest group…….

But what about the students who attended schools where there was cheating???? How will anyone make it right by them??? Is that even possible given the two years that have ticked by?

If the cheating had occurred north of I-20, heads would roll & the parents would sue and recover enough money to finish out their child’s schooling in private school.

Where's the village?

June 22nd, 2011
3:38 am

@ Deep Throat: “If the cheating had occurred north of I-20, heads would roll & the parents would sue and recover enough money to finish out their child’s schooling in private school.”

You are so correct. Sadly, majority of the parents south of I-20 are not involved enough to support their children and teachers to even realize the injustice that has been done to their children. If they had, their should be a class action lawsuit against APS for the years of fraud and disservice to these kids.

Interestingly, if anyone (i.e., APS BOE, State School Board, Governor’s Office, Special Investigators, Mayor Reed, Business Community, Parents, etc.) would just conduct a longitudinal study of these students who so-called met or exceeded standards on the C.R.C.T. from the 58 severe concern schools and compared how they performed in high school on the G.H.S.G.T., it would probably be alarming to see just how many failed multiple times, did not graduate, or was a part of the 16,000 + that mysteriously disappeared from APS rosters. Hmmm…something to think about.


June 22nd, 2011
8:32 am

It seems to bother no one that Kasim Reed was a big Hall supporter even after all this started to break upon our shores… and continued his support.
We may be on the brink of getting rid of Hall, but we’re still facing years of suffering under Reed’s thumb, well when he decides to stay in town at any rate…
Is Reed going to try to pick the new Supt as well? I surely would not be surprised to hear rumblings to that effect…

Awaiting moderation

June 22nd, 2011
8:46 am

The interim supt. Errol Davis was picked by Mayor Kasim Reed–the board was backed into a corner.


June 22nd, 2011
8:49 am

Intowner. Reed is just a big dumb lummox and following every instruction given by Andrew Young. With regard to Barbara Jenkins. Smart move to stay away from the Atlanta thuggery.


June 22nd, 2011
9:46 am

Dr. T: When I was little (grew up in FL during the Cuban missile crisis) I thought the words to the hymn were, “There is a bomb in Gilead, to heal the sin-sick soul.” I could never understand how a bomb could heal a soul!

Atlanta Parent #2

June 22nd, 2011
12:42 pm

@Awaiting….I’ve heard that from many of my sources.

I just hope the interim will do the right thing by the children…because if he does, then the business community will be benefited as well. If he throws the children under the bus, then the business community may be able to short-term manage the pr, but one day the crows will come home to roost….no business will want to relocate to Atlanta because we will have a largely uneducated workforce that is a drain on the tax base.

Hiding things that need to be addressed is never the best way to correct an issue.


June 22nd, 2011
4:50 pm

It is unfortunate how the public continues dismiss formidable candidates for the APS Superintendency. Many citizens have inferred the candidates will bring the same type of management style as Hall (other blog sites) without giving them an opportunity to be heard. Each of the candidates has strengths to lead APS through the turmoil; however, Atlanta will be in a peculiar situation as Dekalb County as highl effective educators will not want to work in APS. I do not believe APS will ever get the “top 10″ of Superintendents unless there is a shift in the culture to support what’s right for children, and not what’s right for politicians.

Atlanta Parent #2

June 22nd, 2011
5:39 pm

@ Vested. You are correct.

Sadly, some parents don’t help matters much more than the politicians. The closer to middle and upper class parents are, the more likely they are to “decide” for the rest of the parents where funding should go, which is to their children who they deem high value. The rest of the children they wrote off the minute they came home to certain zip codes and neighborhood schools. They seem to have forgotten that public education is for the public and most of the public that attends public schools in APS are Title I kids.

Just because parents are poor and don’t know how to parent, please don’t assume they don’t love their kids or want the best for them. More importantly, please don’t write their children off simply because of the circumstances of their birth.


June 22nd, 2011
9:56 pm

Does anybody remember the cautionary tale of Sidney Faucette, the eight month Gwinnett County school superintendent? It seems that the school board failed to do due diligence, but a few local citizens did their homework. They discovered he had a few “accounting” issues back in Virginia…..


Layla Davis

June 23rd, 2011
2:12 pm

Say what you want but these facts are not to be denied:

During Dr. Hall’s tenure as superintendent there have been notable improvements in APS. First among them is her invitation to the broader community to partner with the schools. She knew she would need the business community, parents, public officials, non-profit organizations and civic groups to tackle the challenges that the schools faced. Many contributed to the success of Atlanta’s students over the last 12 years.

Some highlights:
· A district record $129 million in college scholarships earned by graduates in 2010, which is up from $9 million in 2000
· $160 million invested in APS by national and local philanthropic groups
· An approximate 30 point increase in district wide graduation rate
· A total of $1 billion invested in constructing and renovating state-of-the-art schools; Atlanta Public Schools has built 17 new schools and renovated more than 60 others, thanks to taxpayer support

In the old days, respect for one another, the skill of negotiating compromises, developing consensus and the humility we gained in the process in those meetings bound a hundred or so of us together as cheerleaders for each other and opened my eyes to what this city could accomplish.

As Beverly Hall prepares to leave, I think when she came to Atlanta she also saw the potential of what could be accomplished in a city that was committed to working together. She knew she couldn’t do it alone and she reached out to the entire community. It is also fair to say that she has seen victory and defeat. Despite the serious challenges during the last two years, in my opinion the victories far outnumber the defeats.

As she packs her bags for her final day as superintendent, thank you Beverly Hall for your leadership and service to Atlanta. She leaves the school district significantly better than she found it.


June 23rd, 2011
6:01 pm

@ Layla Davis – Are you on crack? In my opinion, Beverly Hall is a downright disgrace to the educational profession. She presided over (authorized & covered up?) the BIGGEST school cheating scandal in US History. I don’t think she had a damn thing to do with the school construction. Atlanta taxpayers footed the bill (SPLOST) that was used to fund these construction projects. She leaves in disgrace. The investigative report has not been released yet so don’t give me that crap that she leaves the school system better than she found it. BS!!!!!!!!

Top School

June 24th, 2011
10:57 pm

The event is part of a whirlwind, two-day trip for both candidates, who are vying to replace outgoing Superintendent Beverly Hall. They will spend Tuesday interviewing privately with city school board members. They also will tour select APS schools and facilities.


Atlanta Education, Politics and Business

June 25th, 2011
1:15 am

I’ve heard that mumurings that the interim is here for one year. If that’s the plan, then the interviews, tours and trips down are wasted expenses. The business community can afford to wine and dine prospective employees, but APS can’t afford this kind of luxury if it is asking some schools to cut teaching staff.

Since the Atlanta business community seems to be pulling the strings on everything down at 130 Trinity, can someone ask them if they will accept either of the candidates before the Atlanta Board of Education wastes any more money on these two candidates?

Education Insider

June 25th, 2011
12:16 pm

Prince George is a diaster. When I speak w/ Maryland DOE and say the words “Prince George” there is an audible groan. Never a good sign.
I find it interesting that the very best candidates were all black females…really? I want to see the score cards.
When race and gender are give preference to actually having done something we all loose, but the kids feel it first and foremost.


June 25th, 2011
12:16 pm

Who knows who Andy Young(with his adulterous self),K.Reed(with his gay self) and the business community will choose for our APS LEADERSHIP……………..By the way, K.Reed,did you just find out that ATL is in a whole mess of trouble with TOP HEAVY LYING EDUCATORS?…………you need to get lost………….

Jamie Butler Fair Parent

June 26th, 2011
10:58 am

Chillywilly – It is very obvious that you are a scorned, mean spirited person that has PURE
HATRED for the senior staff at APS. It is clear that you are a former or maybe even a CURRENT employee DOWNTOWN at APS. No one is ALL WONG and NO ONE is ALL RIGHT! Several teachers have told me that they worked hard to educate their kids and felt no pressure to cheat because they did a great joob all year long. Others felt that they had kids that had inferior learning capacity and therfore felt they could not do their job. There are many ways to look at the issues at hand. What is wrong with being solutions oriented? You simply want everyone reading this blog to hate who you hate. I believe you are 1 person with several blog names spitting out negativity Those of us reasonable minded people SEE YOU for who you are-a hateful current or former employee of APS!