Atlanta Public Schools officials  have announced their pick to become the next superintendent.

Meria Carstarphen was selected from a list of four candidates for the position.  Carstarphen currently serves as superintendent of the Austin Independent School District in Texas. She would replace current APS Superintendent Erroll Davis, who is scheduled to retire this summer.  The Atlanta Board of Education will vote on appointing Carstarphen as superintendent at an April 14 meeting.

“Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen was our unanimous choice not just because of her impressive track record of success, but also because of the means by which she achieved these results,” said Atlanta Board of Education Chairman Courtney English in a news release.  “She has repeatedly united communities around a collective vision to achieve unprecedented and lasting academic excellence for students.”

In the past, Carstarphen has served as the superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools in Minnesota. She has also held accountability positions for public school systems in the Washington, D.C., Tennessee and Ohio and taught in middle and elementary schools.