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“Yes, the candidate has withdrawn her name for consideration for APS superintendent,” he said in an e-mail today.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