Philly School Board Announces Members of Superintendent Search Committee

By Chanel Hill

PHILADELPHIA CREAM – A Philadelphia school district administrator, church and business leaders, activists, charter school official, and students are part of a group of members of the newly formed Philadelphia Superintendent Research Advisory Committee.

The Board of Education on Tuesday announced the 13 names of the Philadelphians who have been selected for the committee.

Joyce Wilkerson, President of the Philadelphia School Board (photo by the Philadelphia Tribune)

Members include: SEIU 32BJ Chief Ernie Bennett, Elementary School Teacher William H. Loesche Virginia Field, African American Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Regina A. Hairston, Director of Operations at Project Based Learning Inc. Cindy Lee Hauger, school principal at Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School Ayesha Imani, coordinator of Our City Our Schools coalition Pep Marie, bilingual family counselor at Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales Marina Nunez, John F, Principal of McCloskey School John W. Spencer, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement at Community College of Philadelphia David E. Thomas, Senior Pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church, Reverend Mark Tyler and Principal principal of legal and paralegal services at PREIT Services Christiana Uy.

Student representatives from the Board of Education, Rebecca Allen and Armando Ortiz, are also on the committee.

Most of the committee members are alumni of the school district. Some members are also tutors of current students in the district.

“We are grateful and delighted to have convened a committee of people who are personally related to the Philadelphia School District as tutors, educators, volunteers or graduates, who mirror the many neighborhoods and types of schools that exist in Philadelphia, and who have had experiences with and in several schools, including charter schools, ”said Board of Education chairperson Joyce Wilkerson said in a statement.

Members were identified through a collaborative process that engaged Philadelphians who represent a variety of voices and perspectives.

The Philadelphia Teachers’ Federation, the Association of Commonwealth School Administrators, as well as community organizations and municipal agencies were among the partner organizations in the 48 listening sessions on community engagement held in October and November.

Superintendent William Hite announced in September that he would not renew his contract at the end of the 2021-22 school year after 10 years of service.

Thomas said in a statement that he wants to keep student success at the forefront of the superintendent search process.

“I am committed to doing everything in my power to ensure that there is an education system in our city where all students and families have access to safe, clean, stimulating schools and educational programs, rigorous and efficient where the success of the students is at the rendezvous. core, ”Thomas said.

Philly Schools Superintendent William Hite leaves

“I hope to work collaboratively with the community, other committee members, and school district and city officials to find the ideal candidate who will build on the many great things that are already happening in our public schools while addressing the problems our schools continue to face. . “

Chanel Hill is a reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, where this story first appeared.

Amanda J. Marsh