Brenda J. Muhammad

The Atlanta school board has elected board member Brenda Muhammad its chairwoman.

She replaces former chairman Khaatim Sherrer El, who stepped down after Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger signed an order allowing the change in board leadership. Earlier, as part of a lawsuit over control of the board, he had prohibited any leadership changes until the end of the year.

After Muhammad’s election, board member Reuben R. McDaniel was elected vice chairman, replacing Cecily Harsch-Kinnane. Atlanta’s school system is on accreditation probation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, in part because of board infighting.