Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Philly superintendent search committee formed

The School Reform Commission has formed a team to search for the next Philadelphia schools chief, and it has vowed to rely heavily on community input as the process moves forward.

Philly superintendent search committee formed


The School Reform Commission has formed a team to search for the next Philadelphia schools chief, and it has vowed to rely heavily on community input as the process moves forward.

Search team members announced Tuesday are: SRC members Lorene Cary, Joseph Dworetzky, Feather Houstoun, and Wendell Pritchett; SRC chairman Pedro Ramos; district executive advisers Edward Williams and Lori Shorr, who is also the city's education secretary; Fred Ginyard of the student organizing group Youth United for Change; Robert Wonderling, CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; and Kenneth Kring, Korn/Ferry International.  Kring works for the search firm the district has hired to help it pick a leader; he is a non-voting member.  Pritchett will function as the search team leader.

"There is no greater responsibility for the SRC than selecting the right superintendent," Ramos said in a release.  "We believe we can complete our search before September, and we will continue until we have the right leader for our district and system of schools.  We will not settle."

Community forums will be run by the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania; there will be 15 to 20 meetings before the end of February.  Those dates have not been announced.

Officials said they hoped to announce a new superintendent by July, but "hiring will only proceed if the right candidate is found."

Acting Superintendent Leroy Nunery has expressed interest in the permanent job.

Mayor Nutter, in a recent Inquirer interview, said he believes that the district needs a shakeup in terms of organization and personnel.

What do you think the search committee should be looking for in a new superintendent?

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