The Austin Independent School District has just announced that Meria Carstarphen, Superintendent of St Paul Public Schools, is there next choice to lead the district.
Since the Pioneer Press broke the news earlier this month that her house was for sale, speculation has been rife that she’ll be headed elsewhere. Carstarphen’s contract is up in a few months, and negotiations for a new contract had been taking place, according to SPPS board members. Last week, the Star-Tribune’s Emily Johns relayed reports from an Austin, TX paper that Carstarphen was one of three finalists in their search to replace Pat Forgione as Austin’s superintendent, who is retiring after 10 years.
Next is a 21 day period where the public, media, and other stakeholders in the Austin schools are invited to comment and question Carstarphen, after which the Austin board will vote to approve her appointment “if she’s adequately answered concerns” brought forward during the process, said Mark Williams, President of the Austin schools’ Board of Trustees.