School & District Management

New Atlanta Superintendent to Receive $375K Annually, Plus Perks

By Denisa R. Superville — April 24, 2014 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The incoming superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools will be paid $375,000 annually, along with a $2,000 monthly allowance, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The district will also cover Meria Carstarphen’s moving expenses from Austin, Texas, where she served as the superintendent of schools, according to the 20-page contract the Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained through an open records request.

The employment contract, dated April 15, runs from July 7 through June 30, 2017, and guarantees Carstarphen an annual raise of no less than 2 percent.

Among other benefits outlined in the agreement:

  • The district will contribute the equivalent of 10 percent of Carstarphen’s salary to a retirement savings account, in addition to paying her contributions to the Teachers’ Retirement System of Georgia
  • Payment for up to six months of temporary housing for Carstarphen and her immediate family
  • Payment for a home office, including the purchase of a desktop computer, laptop, cellphone, and costs associated with maintaining those services
  • An insurance stipend that would cover out-of-pocket premiums for medical expenses.

A copy of the contract can be found here, courtesy the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Carstarphen replaces Erroll B. Davis Jr., who took over the 50,000-student school system in 2011. She comes to a district still reverberating from the effects of a cheating scandal and as the former Superintendent Beverly Hall is about to stand trial on charges of racketeering, theft, and false testimony in connection with the scandal.

Hall and 34 other educators were indicted last year for their alleged roles in inflating students’ scores on standardized tests. Twenty-one of those implicated have struck plea deals; Hall is among those who have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Jury selection in Hall’s trial was scheduled to begin in late April, but earlier this month, her lawyers asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter to postpone the proceedings because of their client’s failing health.

The trial is now expected to begin in August.

A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.

Commenting has been disabled on effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Webinar
6 Key Trends in Teaching and Learning
As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and a return to the classroom for many—we come better prepared, but questions remain. How will the last year impact teaching and learning this school
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
School & District Management Webinar
Ensuring Continuity of Learning: How to Prepare for the Next Disruption
Across the country, K-12 schools and districts are, again, considering how to ensure effective continuity of learning in the face of emerging COVID variants, politicized debates, and more. Learn from Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent
Content provided by Class
Teaching Profession Live Online Discussion What Have We Learned From Teachers During the Pandemic?
University of California, Santa Cruz, researcher Lora Bartlett and her colleagues spent months studying how the pandemic affected classroom teachers. We will discuss the takeaways from her research not only for teachers, but also for

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management Some Teachers Won't Get Vaccinated, Even With a Mandate. What Should Schools Do About It?
Vaccine requirements for teachers are gaining traction, but the logistics of upholding them are complicated.
9 min read
Illustration of a vaccine, medical equipment, a clock and a calendar with a date marked in red.
School & District Management A Vaccine for Kids Is Coming. 6 Tips for Administering the Shot in Your School
Start planning now, get help, and build enthusiasm. It's harder than it looks.
11 min read
Cole Rodriguez, a 15-year-old student at Topeka West, gets a COVID-19 vaccine Monday, Aug. 9, 2021 at Topeka High School's vaccine clinic.
Cole Rodriguez, a 15-year-old student, gets a COVID-19 vaccine at Topeka High School's vaccine clinic.
Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP
School & District Management Letter to the Editor School Mask Mandates: Pandemic, ‘Panicdemic,’ or Personal?
"A pandemic is based on facts. A 'panicdemic' is based on fears. Today, we have both," writes a professor.
1 min read
School & District Management How 'Vaccine Discrimination' Laws Make It Harder for Schools to Limit COVID Spread
In Montana and Ohio, the unvaccinated are a protected class, making it tough to track and contain outbreaks, school leaders say.
4 min read
Principal and District Superintendent Bonnie Lower takes the temperature of a student at Willow Creek School as the school reopened, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Willow Creek, Mont.
Bonnie Lower, a principal and district superintendent in Willow Creek, Mont., checks the temperature of a student as Willow Creek School reopened for in-person instruction in the spring.
Ryan Berry/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP