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The School District of Philadelphia Hires New SuperintendentJul 2, 2012 | News
Dr. William R. Hite Jr. was elected as the new superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia. Read Full article for more details.
The School District of Philadelphia has been under heavy criticism in recent years. Whether it’s been for bullying within Philadelphia’s schools, academic downfalls or even budget cuts, the School District of Philadelphia has been making news headlines. However, on a lighter note, June 29th, 2012, marks the day Dr. William R. Hite Jr. was elected as the next superintendent and CEO of the School District of Philadelphia according to an announcement made by the School Reform Commission (SRC).
Dr. William R. Hite Jr. has an exclusive resume, one suitable for a superintendent and CEO position. Among the list of his accomplishments includes working alongside the Prince George’s County Public School systems in Maryland, in which he supervised the nation’s eighth largest school district which educates over 130,000 students within 200 different schools. Also among the list of his accomplishments includes working as an assistant superintendent for Atlanta’s Cobb County School District where some of his responsibilities included overseeing 15 schools which held approximately 18, 000. One of the traits that make Dr. Hite Jr. suitable for the position is the fact that he is well known for his assistance with helping “at-risk” schools and students while forming a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh.
According to the website home to politic365, when Dr. William R. Hite Jr. was asked his opinion on joining the Philadelphia’s School District, he replied “Philadelphia is one of America’s greatest cities, and I am excited about the opportunities that it offers. I look forward to working with the leaders and families of this city as we work to improve the lives of our youth,”
The newly appointed superintendent appears enthusiastic about the job position despite the fact that he is already entering a school district facing a budget deficit that is currently at $218 million but is expected to reach more than $270 million. With a rising deficit, more budget cuts and borrowing from banks is something that is to be expected but if that was to occur than the popularity of Dr. William R Hite Jr. can quickly drop from hero to zero. A lot of people already are not impressed with his credibility and are weary of how much funds he can raise to "save" the superintendent. Not only that but many critics of Dr. Hite Jr. are skeptical on the new Super’s leave from PG County’s School District to reform Philadelphia. A lot of political and educational advocates believe that he should be reaching out to people like Sandra Dungee-Glenn - former SRC and WURD host of School Daze and Rev. Waller. Nonetheless, He is the reformer. Does he really need to reach out to "people?" Or, does Philly need a fresh perspective and ideas, eliminating lame-duck politics? Only time will be able to tell on the effectiveness of the newly appointed superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia.
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