What there is to know
- The Philadelphia School District will announce its next superintendent Friday morning.
- The decision will end a six-month search that began in September 2021 when Superintendent Dr William Hite announced he would not be renewing his contract.
- The three male finalists are all longtime educators, though none have ties to Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia School District will announce its next superintendent Friday morning.
A press conference will be held in the Philadelphia School District Auditorium at 440 North Broad Street at 9:30 a.m. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, school board members, the appointee and other city leaders all will comment.
The decision will end a six-month search that began in September 2021 when Superintendent Dr William Hite announced he would not be renewing his contract.
Philadelphia Schools has named the following three finalists in their search for a new superintendent — none with ties to the city:
- John Davis is now the head of schools in Baltimore; he also worked in Washington, D.C.
- Krish Mohip is now Deputy Education Officer for the Illinois State Board of Education; he also led the school system in Youngstown, Ohio.
- Dr. Tony Watlington is now Superintendent of Rowan-Salisbury Schools in North Carolina; he also served as head of schools in Guilford County, which includes Greensboro.
“Each has led major educational institutions or organizations,” said Leticia Egea-Hinton, vice president of the Philadelphia Board of Education, earlier in March. “And each has decades of experience working with and within diverse communities, and each is fully aligned with our stated priorities for student success.”
However, none of them are from Philadelphia, which drew mixed reactions from parents.
The school board tried to emphasize local candidates, but determined that the three candidates were its first choices.
“All of these candidates understand that they’re going to have to make an effort to get to know Philadelphia,” said Joyce Wilkerson, chairwoman of the Philadelphia School Board.
Dr. Hite announced last September that he would leave the Philadelphia schools in August. Hite has served as Superintendent of Philadelphia Schools since June 2012, when he came to Philadelphia from Prince George Public Schools outside of Washington, D.C.