The School Reform Commission gave Superintendent William Hite his report card today, and it looks like he gets an “A," and he's being rewarded with a raise.
In its annual evaluation of the superintendent, the SRC measures his performance using four levels: distinguished, proficient, needs improvement, and failing. He is assessed in six areas. In student growth and achievement, systems leadership, and human resource management, he was rated “proficient.” In the other three areas — district operations and financial management, communication and community relations, and professionalism — he was rated as “distinguished.”
“The 2016-2017 school year was one of academic progress, increased stability and positive momentum,” SRC Chair Joyce Wilkerson said in a statement. “Because of Dr. Hite’s leadership and unwavering focus, the School District of Philadelphia not only continues to make important strides but is in a stronger position today than it was one year ago.”
In the evaluation, the commission praised Hite for “steady leadership” that “led to another year of a balanced budget, sustained investment in classrooms, a contract with Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and, most importantly, the increased academic achievement of our students.”
Perhaps the biggest achievement for Hite in the 2016-17 year was ending the four-year stalemate between the teachers' union and the District over a new contract. According to a release from the District, breaking the contract logjam and establishing a successful substitute-teacher program helped Hite improve in the human resources and management category from "needs improvement" last year to "proficient" this year.
This year, three more schools were added to Mayor Kenney’s community schools initiative, which turns schools into community hubs to address the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.
Kenney also praised Hite’s leadership.
“Dr. Hite has been critical in forging a stronger partnership between the District and the city,” he said in a statement. “Without his openness, we would not have 12 community schools or new behavioral health supports for our students.”
This will be the first year since Hite began in June 2012 that he will get a pay raise as superintendent. Hite's pay increase is tied to teachers' raise for their average base salary, or 3.92 percent.
Hite’s new annual salary is $311,760, and his contract runs through Aug. 31, 2022.