Chris Barbic recovering from heart attack

Chris Barbic, superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District, is recovering from a heart attack he suffered on Friday, reports The Tennessean.

Barbic, 44 and a resident of Nashville, is out of the hospital, according to state officials.

“We greatly appreciate the questions about Chris — the outpouring of warmth speaks to Chris’ genuine character, investment in relationships, and commitment to the students, staff, and families of the Achievement School District,” ASD spokesman Elliot Smalley said in a statement.

“While he recuperates, we’re asking everyone to please give him and his family privacy. Doctors say all signs point to recovery and a healthy future, and we expect Chris to return to work as soon as he’s ready.”

The online education publication Chalkbeat Tennessee first reported Barbic’s heart attack.

The state-run ASD has authority to take over the state’s lowest-performing schools, dubbed priority schools, and hand them over to privately run charter operators. That effort has concentrated almost entirely in Memphis to date, but the ASD is poised to soon shift its focus to Nashville as well.