News Briefs: More APS charter schools; Invest Atlanta CEO resigns; more mixed-use
Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said during her “state of APS” speech that some of the district’s failing schools could be put under the management of carter school groups. The AJC is reporting that APS is formally seeking charter school operators, local nonprofits and companies that run charter schools to improve the performance of the schools that could fall under Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District, if voters approve the plan this fall. As many as 26 Atlanta schools could be taken over by the state because of continually low test scores.
Invest Atlanta President and CEO Craig Richard has submitted his resignation effective Jan. 18. “Craig Richard has served the City of Atlanta ably during his tenure at Invest Atlanta,” said Mayor Kasim Reed said in a media statement. “Craig’s leadership played an important role in attracting and retaining businesses, and I thank him for his service. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.” Reed appointed Richard in November 2014. “It has been a pleasure and an honor to work for Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta,” Richard said in a statement. “Under Mayor Reed’s leadership and vision, the City has experienced record economic growth. I am grateful to have been a member of the Reed Administration.” Dr. Eloisa Klementich, Managing Director of Business Development, will serve as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.
The city of Atlanta has closed on the purchase of property across the street from City Hall slated to become the site of a mixed-use project, according to a report from the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The City Plaza complex on Central Avenue will contain about 30,000 square feet of retail space with a planned wellness and fitness center, including a pharmacy that will give city employees convenient access.