Atlanta Public Schools has retained a search firm to search for a new school superintendent Board of Education Member Nancy Meister said.

Meister and fellow board members Yolanda Johnson and Brenda Muhammad spoke to parents at the Feb. 27 North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools meeting at Bolton Academy.

The board members spoke to parents about topics ranging from school safety to the procedure for approving charter schools.

Meister, who’s district includes North Atlanta High School, told the audience that the search firm, PROACT, had been chosen to oversee the city’s search for a new school superintendent, along with a search committee made up of business, community and student leaders.  Meister says she hopes the committee will be able to present a timeline for its search in time for the Board of Education’s March meeting.  Meister added that upcoming school board elections might delay the searching for a replacement for interim superintendent Errol Davis.

“It is tricky because there is an election coming up, so there will be a new board next year,” Meister told the group of parents.  “So, Superintendents who apply will naturally want to know who they will report to.  There’s kind of a lot of unknowns out there.”

In the mean time, Meister says Davis has agreed to an 18 month extension to his contract.  During that time, said Meister, the School Board would have to provide Davis 90 days notice before installing a replacement.