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District hires Fran Burns as new chief operating officer

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The School District has a new chief operating officer: Fran Burns, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA), the state board that oversees the city of Philadelphia's finances.

Burns will earn $175,000 annually in her new position at the District. She will report to Deputy Superintendent Paul Kihn, who has also been handling the role of chief of operations, a District spokesperson said. The position was advertised, and several candidates were interviewed.

Superintendent William Hite said he is "thrilled by the skill sets she's bringing to the table."

Burns' departure from PICA is effective June 28. Her start date at the District is still being negotiated.

"While we are disappointed to lose Fran's knowledge of City government, experience, professionalism and energy, we wish her every success in her new role," said Sam Katz, PICA's board chair, in an emailed statement. "Fran indicated that her background in municipal government operations made the opportunity to move to the School District too enticing to pass up. The District is acquiring the services of a very skilled and dedicated public servant to take on many important operational and management challenges at a very critical time."

 

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