Seven years ago, Meria Carstarphen was leading the Austin district when the Atlanta board hired her as its superintendent. She recruited Caritj and several others from her Texas team to join her in Atlanta.
His retirement marks the second departure from the cabinet Carstarphen built during her tenure. Former Deputy Superintendent David Jernigan left a year ago, before Lisa Herring took over as superintendent in July.
Under Herring’s leadership, the district’s cabinet has grown by several positions, including two administrators she brought from her former post in Birmingham, Alabama. The new positions include a chief equity and social justice officer as well as a chief of staff. The deputy superintendent’s role was divided between a chief of schools and a chief academic officer.
The district plans to hire someone to replace Caritj. Until then, his duties will be reassigned among other administrators.
Herring praised Caritj for overseeing the effort to make sure all students have computers to use while learning at home during the pandemic and for his work to renew community trust.
Added board Chairman Jason Esteves: “You have certainly brought the school system a very long way, and we would not be where we are today without you and your leadership.”