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By JOHN McBRYDE

After a unanimous vote at a special-called meeting Thursday morning, Fulton County Schools in Atlanta has officially hired Mike Looney to be the district’s superintendent.

Looney, who was announced as the final candidate for the job on April 17, will begin a three-year term with Fulton County Schools on June 17.

“Dr. Looney’s experience and approach are the right fit for our schools at the right time,” Fulton County Board of Education President Linda Bryant said in a news release. “We have great confidence and optimism in his abilities. He has shown the willingness to be transparent, listen to the community, comes with a track record of results in student achievement, and is thoughtful in his approach toward teaching and learning, the most important role of the Superintendent.”

Looney, who served as Williamson County Schools superintendent since 2009, was the sole finalist for the position when it was announced just over two weeks ago. Fulton County’s Board of Education launched a nationwide search in December and interviewed several candidates before announcing Looney as the final candidate.

Gary Anderson, chairman of the Williamson County Board of Education, said that the community “should expect a seamless transition.”

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