Jernigan went on to add: “Some of my most formative years as a child were spent at my local Boys & Girls Club in North Carolina, so I’ve seen firsthand the impact of Boys & Girls Clubs and truly believe the organization has the power to change lives and lift communities. I can’t imagine a better organization with which to begin my next chapter.”
Jernigan's departure from APS is the first big administrative change since the school board announced in September that it would not extend Carstarphen's contract. Carstarphen came to APS in 2014.
In a letter to colleagues, Carstarphen praised his work on behalf of APS and students.
“For the last six years, David has been my trusted right-hand, best thought partner and committed leader to ensure we stayed focused on our true north: the students of Atlanta Public Schools,” she wrote.
At APS, Jernigan supervised the work of associate superintendents, student programs and services, federal programs and the district’s charter school office.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta run more than 20 clubs in 10 metro counties that serve about 2,800 children and teens.
In a news release, the organization said more than 200 people applied for the president position, with Jernigan selected after an “extensive search.”