Board Chairwoman, Elona Street-Stewart says she's excited about Carstarphen's hiring.
"Meria is clearly a rising star. She's grown professionally under some of the best superintendents and administrators in the country. She's in a powerful and influential position doing excellent work in a politically-charged environment. St. Paul is a natural next step for her," Street-Stewart says.
Al Oertwig, the senior member of the board, said the selection was difficult because all of the candidates were so qualified. He said it was Carstarphen's history of helping students succeed that swayed him.
"She talked about going to Appalachia and going to a school where all of the students were expected to be failures. And in her class all of the students but one of the students passed the test, where no one was supposed to," said Oertwig. "That is somebody who knows how to make school improvement work and that's, frankly, exactly what we need in this district."
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Meria J. Carstarphen gets the job
DCPS Chief Accountability Officer Meria J. Carstarphen was chosen by the St. Paul, Minnesota Board of Education as their new superintendent.