MCS Superintendent in running for Boston job

A possible job offer in Boston could mean Memphis will lose its school Superintendent, Dr. Carol Johnson.

We spoke with School Board President Patrice Robinson and she confirmed that Dr. Carol Johnson is, in fact, in the running to be Boston Public Schools next Superintendent.

The Boston District has been trying to fill the job for over a year now and recently they've been aggressively pursuing Dr. Johnson.

Next week they're expected to make a recommendation and Dr. Johnson's name is the only one on the list.

But Robinson says it's bittersweet because the School Board doesn't want to lose her.

"We'd really like to keep Dr. Johnson here. Our community is going through some very serious crises in the political arena. Dr. Johnson and Superintendents of any school district in the US are so important to the community. Our children deserve some stability and be able to continue to make success and growth and achievement they've made," said Robinson.

This is not the first time Dr. Johnson's been scouted out by other districts. Robinson says she's a hot commodity but would like to see her finish out her contract with Memphis City Schools which isn't up until 2010.

The school board will meet Monday night to discuss what they can do to get Dr. Johnson to stay in Memphis.

She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Fisk University in Nashville and a master's and doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Before coming to Memphis she was superintendent of the Minneapolis school district.

She took over MCS in 2003 after Jonnie Watson's resignation.

She accepted the job at $200,000 a year.

No word yet on what they'll offer. So far, there's been no formal offer from Boston or a decision.


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