She received a standing ovation from the audience after the vote.
She warned the public school staff and community about the difficulty of their task.
“People, I’m just being straight up about it, you’re going to work harder than you’ve ever worked before,” she said.
Carstarphen said she’ll try to track down students who were affected by the school system’s cheating scandal — something that hasn’t been done so far. Instead, Atlanta Public Schools expanded tutoring and remediation opportunities for all students.
Carstarphen, who has been Austin’s superintendent for five years, will take over for Atlanta Superintendent Erroll Davis. Davis plans to retire this summer after guiding Atlanta Public Schools for three years.
She oversee a school system with about 7,000 employees and a $595 million general budget – larger than the city of Atlanta government’s $539 million budget.
“This moment represents a time for the city to believe again,” said school board Chairman Courtney English. “We’ve been through a dark time, and that time is over.”
The school board announced Carstarphen was its sole finalist March 27 following a yearlong search.
Davis made $258,837 in 2013, and Carstarphen earned $283,412 in Austin.