042419_MNS_super_finalist Mike Looney

Mike Looney speaks during an April 17 news conference at Fulton County Schools’ North Learning Center in Sandy Springs, after district leaders announced he was named the superintendent finalist.

Mike Looney, Ed.D., Fulton County Schools’ superintendent finalist, is expected to officially become the district's next superintendent later this week.

The Fulton County Board of Education April 30 announced it will hold a special called meeting May 2 at the North Learning Center in Sandy Springs to vote to appoint Looney as its new superintendent.

“The board is very appreciative for all of the interaction and thoughtful comments and questions we have received during the public input process,” Linda Bryant, the board's president, said in a news release. “We look forward to potential action on the candidacy during this meeting.”

Following a news conference April 17 at the North Learning Center, where Looney was introduced as the superintendent finalist, he met the public, including students, parents and staff members, at the district’s Roswell, Banneker, Westlake and Centennial high schools between April 17 and 19. According to a news release, as prescribed by Georgia law, the board must give a minimum of 14 days for public input on a finalist for the position of superintendent before he or she is officially hired.

The May 2 meeting comes 15 days after the news conference. At the meeting the board will convene for executive session at 9:30 a.m., immediately followed by the action meeting, beginning at 10 a.m.

Looney, the superintendent of Williamson County Schools in Franklin, Tennessee, a Nashville suburb, will replace Cindy Loe, Ph.D., who has been serving as the district’s interim superintendent since January. She replaced Jeff Rose, Ed.D., who Oct. 25 announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31, for personal reasons.

At the news conference Looney said making the jump from leading a school district with about 40,000 students to one with nearly 100,000 won’t be a factor.

“I’m not concerned because I am smart enough to rely on others for help,” he said. “Regardless of the size of the district, the concerns are often the same. Parents want their children to go to a school where their children feel safe and are academically challenged. From talking to the school board here, I believe everyone shares that common vision.”

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