BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Birmingham Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring announced Tuesday that Dr. Herring has been named the sole finalist for superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.
Dr. Herring’s final day with Birmingham City Schools will not be set until her hire is approved by the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education. The BCS Board will also then work to find an interim superintendent.
“I am extremely grateful to the board for the opportunity to have served the scholars of Birmingham City Schools for the last 3 years. We have accomplished so much together and there is great drive and momentum here in BCS. I am proud of the hard-working staff at all levels of this organization. You will forever be my family. I am eternally grateful for the chance to have led such a great school district,” Herring says.
Birmingham Board of Education President, Ms. Daagye Hendricks says “we are proud of the work that has been done under the leadership of Dr. Herring. The community at-large will miss her leadership. We wish her well in her new position and know that she will make a great impact there as she has done here in BCS.”
Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin issued a statement Tuesday:
“I have considered Dr. Lisa Herring a friend and a peer leading change in an institution that has struggled to live up to its promise.
Honestly, her departure saddens me. We were beginning to see the kind of progress and success we had hoped for in Birmingham City Schools.
What I like about her is that she embodies a rare mix of high intellect, high empathy and extreme vision for success.
At the same time, I know that Dr. Herring's career has been built on success. Success attracts opportunity and she is deserving of new opportunities.
Dr. Herring has set a new standard for the type of leader our students deserve. She showed us what a good fit looks like for our system.
I wish my friend the best.”