Atlanta Board of Education Hires New CFO

ATLANTA – Robert Morales is the new chief financial officer (CFO) for Atlanta Public Schools (APS). The Atlanta Board of Education voted to accept APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen’s recommendation to hire Morales at its legislative meeting June 1.

Robert Morales
Robert Morales

Morales has been the CFO at Fulton County Schools for the last six years. Prior to Fulton County, he held the same position at Cobb County Schools, the District of Columbia Schools and Greenville County Schools in South Carolina.

“A certified administrator of school finance and operations, Robert’s leadership and expertise in charter system operations for a large urban school district will be a tremendous asset to APS as the district prepares to submit its application to operate as a charter system to the Georgia Department of Education this summer,” said Dr. Carstarphen.

Morales will oversee total budgets of $996 million for the district.

“Atlanta Public Schools is heading in a new direction that is laser-focused on its mission to prepare students for college and career. I am excited about the opportunity to work with Dr. Carstarphen and her team to achieve the district’s mission and goals and to continue to strengthen the financial foundation of APS,” said Morales.

Morales will join APS on July 1, 2015. Nader Sohrab, who served as interim CFO since March 13, will return to his role of deputy CFO next month.

About Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit

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