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District prepares to release new organizational chart

By the Notebook on Oct 23, 2012 02:04 PM

By Bill Hangley, Jr.

[UPDATE: The final transitional chart has been released]

The Philadelphia School District says it is preparing to release an updated organizational chart for the first time since the departure of former Superintendent Arlene Ackerman.

Officials say the “transitional” chart is in its final stages of preparation and could be released sometime this week. It could be further revised as Superintendent William Hite finalizes his own long-term priorities for the District, a process that he expects will be completed this January. 

Last week, an incomplete draft of the long-awaited chart was released to District staff. Based on that, and subsequent clarifications from spokesperson Fernando Gallard, the updated version will reflect these notable developments:

  • Under the new structure, almost all offices dealing with day-to-day student and school-level affairs will report to Deputy Superintendent Paul Kihn, Hite’s newly hired second-in-command.  
  • Three offices will report directly to Hite: school safety (Myron Patterson), communications (Fernando Gallard) and government relations (Rodney Oglesby). Two will “co-report” to Hite and the School Reform Commission: the Charter School Office (Doresah Ford-Bey, acting), and the Office of General Counsel (Michael Davis). The inspector general (John F. Downs) and Internal Auditing (Thomas Doughty) will report directly to the SRC.
  • The chart includes a new Project Management Office (PMO), which will be responsible for tracking the implementation of both the newly adopted five-year fiscal plan, and Hite’s own priorities and initiatives. That office will be run by Bi Vuong, a data specialist formerly with the District’s Office of Accountability.
  • Numerous senior positions remain to be filled, including the chief financial officer, the head of operations, the head of the Charter School Office, and the replacement for departing Chief Academic Officer (CAO) Penny Nixon.
  • Also yet to be hired are four of a planned eight assistant superintendents, who will replace the old regional superintendents and whose task will be to oversee principals, schools, and the new “Principal Learning Teams.”  The assistant superintendents will work out of a new Office of School Performance, answering to the CAO.

Hite hopes to have all vacant positions filled by the new year, but he acknowledged that that won’t be easy with the school year already well underway.

“It’s really important for us to get the right talent, not just to rush to fill the position,” Hite said.

“It’s really important to get individuals with the right skill set, who have the right beliefs about student learning, and the right beliefs about how we engage families and how we partner.”

Hite has already hired two key members of his leadership team. Deputy Superintendent Kihn is a former classroom teacher and consultant with McKinsey & Co., a company that has written supportively of the need to improve teachers’ pay and professional standing. Chief of Student Support Services Karyn Lynch held a similar position under Hite when he was superintendent of schools in Prince George’s County, Md. Her resume includes a 12-year stint as the county’s head of social services, responsible for 800 employees and a budget of $130 million.

The new assistant superintendents are Benjamin Wright and Dennis Creedon (both of whom held previous administrative positions), as well as Andrea Coleman and Kenneth Cherry (both new to the District).

The duties associated with the four unfilled assistant superintendent positions will be handled for now by three administrators: Karen Kolsky (who will also be the permanent head of the Office of Leadership and Talent Development, under the chief academic officer), Lissa Johnson (who will be the permanent head of the Office of Accountability, Equity & Compliance, also under the CAO), and Cassandra Ruffin (a former District principal).

Newly promoted will be Evelyn Sample-Oates, a former deputy communications officer who’ll serve as the chief of Family and Community Engagement. Remaining in their positions will be Melanie Harris (chief information officer) and Teresa Gavigan (chief human resources officer).

The differences between the new organization chart and the last version demonstrate the sizeable turnover in leadership that has taken place since the waning days of the Ackerman era. Departed senior administrators include assistant superintendents Leroy Nunery, David Weiner, Thomas Darden, Diane Castelbuono and Tomas Hanna; human resources chief Estelle Matthews; financial officer Michael Masch; communications head Jamilah Fraser; and regional superintendents Francisco Duran, Emmanuel Caulk, Lucy Feria, Joel Boyd, John Frangipani, Linda Chen and Linda Cliatt-Wayman, who is now the principal at Strawberry Mansion High.
 

SENIOR LEADERS AT A GLANCE:

Superintendent: William Hite
Deputy Superintendent: Paul Kihn


Chief of Student Support Services: Karyn Lynch
Chief of Family & Community Engagement: Evelyn Sample-Oates
Chief Information Officer: Melanie Harris
Project Management Office: Bi Vuong

Chief Human Resources Officer: Teresa Gavigan
Chief Academic Officer:  OPEN (Will take a sabbatical starting Nov. 1: Penny Nixon)
Chief Recovery/Financial Officer:  OPEN (Scheduled to depart: Thomas Knudsen)
Chief Support Services (i.e. operations) Officer: OPEN (Acting: Jeffrey Cardwell)
Charter School Office: OPEN (Acting: Doresah Ford-Bey)

Assistant Superintendents:

Benjamin Wright (former head of the Alternative Education Region; he will also serve as the permanent head of the office of Attendance, Truancy, and Alternative Education, under Karyn Lynch)

Dennis Creedon (former Director of Comprehensive Arts Education)

Andrea Coleman (new)

Kenneth Cherry (new)

Interim Assistant Superintendents:

Karen Kolsky (permanent head of office of Leadership and Talent Development, under the CAO)

Lissa Johnson (permanent head of Office of  Accountability, Equity & Compliance under the CAO)

Cassandra Ruffin (former District principal)

Other Administrative Offices:

Chief Safety Officer: Myron Patterson
Communications: Fernando Gallard
Government Relations: Rodney Oglesby
General Counsel: Michael Davis
Inspector General: John F. Downs
Internal Auditing: Thomas Doughty

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Comments (56)

Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on October 23, 2012 5:57 pm
Why Benjamin Wright ? He made very sexist and demeaning comments about women during the Ackerman Reign. How will Dennis Creedon supervise principals and teachers? He has been at 440 for years and has never been a principal. While many have left from Ackerman, many remain. When will competence be a criteria for a job at 440?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 26, 2012 1:52 am
Benjamin Wright is more than competent for the role he is assigned to preform. You, however make a judgement based on one article written with quotes out of context. Learn about someone a tad bit more before commenting or continue to question people based on ignorance...it seems that you will continue to choose the latter.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 26, 2012 5:36 am
The only reason Benjamin Wright has a leadership position is because of his political connections. I don't know anyone that wants to work for him because of his dictatorial style.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 27, 2012 4:46 am
Right, because you have worked for him and you have the experience to know what you are talking about....Ignorance.
Submitted by Ms.Cheng (not verified) on October 23, 2012 8:41 pm
So this looks like same old, which I'm sure pleases those who were afraid of change. There is no external to the organization accountability; self dismantling/posturing via charters excepted. With principals having to be accountable to Assistant Superintendents, well, there you go again... There is the familiar duplication: Do we need a whole separate Office of Parent and Community Engagement, when this is the responsibility of individual principals for example? So forth and so on with the other Offices. Separation (meaning loss of accountability) and duplication (meaning waste). No wonder we spend $14,000 per student, and the students see so little of it.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 23, 2012 9:24 pm
What I want to know is how much these people will be paid!!! Also, are the "Consultants" such as Ed Williams and John Chapman still running around doing nothing??
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 23, 2012 9:22 pm
Every time I read about reorganizations the one department that is NEVER mention is Facilities and Maintenance.Is Dr. Hite going to look on that side of the fence. For the past 12 years nothing has happen to management in this department. Dr. Hite take a look on this side of the third floor because this also needs a change of management. Our last superintendent was about to make a change and they stop her, so please tighten your tie and look at this department of management, also because it is time for a change. Please take a look
Submitted by F.M.S (not verified) on October 24, 2012 11:29 am
The bottom line is Facilities Management and Services is changing quickly and drastically, but for the good. The basic rule is that each employee is required to work eight hours a day and by hell or high water it will happen. No more, Mr. Nice Guy, we all have a job too do and accountability will be at the height of this division. With privitization always rearing it's ugly head, it is more important now, that we are accountable and transparent, this division has nothing to hide, come on down, anonumous, and we'll be glad to give you a tour of the third floor. We shall overcome the predijucies within this division and show that together as a team we shall prevail...
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 23, 2012 9:33 pm
Every time we hear the work organization its one department that is NEVER mention that is Facilities and Maintenance. Dr. Hite please take a look at the managers that has been working this department. I see that Dr.Hite is trying to change the culture in 440 but don't forget this department because of the nepotism and the cronyism that has crippled the culture. Ralph Zimbrano is the first one to look at Dr. Hite . Reading the comment that the people say about Penny Nixon they need to know whats going on in the back of the third floor. Dr. Hite we need a change in Facilities and Maintenance
Submitted by One of the Good Guys (not verified) on October 24, 2012 10:37 am
The Division of Facilities Management and Services just concluded its own reorganization, the current Managemnt Team accounted for savings in excess of 20 million dollars, last year, and to date this fiscal year another 10 million in savings. Along with the Administration secured an agreement with the local bargaining unit. Jeff Cardwell, Marvin Lee, Ralph Zambrano and Robert Hunter should be commebted for the progress and turn-around which has occured over the past two years within this division. This division has made great strides with less resources and will continue to fine-tune their operations on a daily basis. Again congradulations are in order for the Management team over at Facilities Management and Services. JOB WELL DONE.............
Submitted by Facilities Area Coordinator (not verified) on October 24, 2012 11:20 am
I have been employed for over twenty years within the division of Facilities Management and Services, all through the Foley, Dorsey, Malkowski, Caroselli years and to be perfectly honost, I have never seen a better equipped team as we have now. If it wasn't for the hard work and dedication of these individuals this organization along with the local would have been privatized. Jeff Cardwell, Ralph and Bobby have worked hard to maximize their efforts to better serve the School District of Philadelphia. They have certainly accomplished much more than their predecessors and may I add with much less. Their no non-sense approach to management is the basic rule, and the results have flourished. Dr. Hite, please continue to support the efforts of your Administation and together the ultimate winner will be the children of the School District of Philadelphia. Thank you.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 1:58 pm
Is it really the children or your self preservation because looking from the inside it sure looks like the latter part
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 7:08 pm
Dr. Hite the most damaging think about all this is how can they change the culture that has crippled this division when they are the ones who was instrumenting this climax in the first place Zambrano has been at the helm of this department over 17 years check the records 17 years and its still the same as when he first took the job. He went from Area Manager to City Wide Coordinator with out the job being posted. And today because of you taking over the helm they want to fool you in to thinking they are making a change for the children. Dr. Hite i see that you are organizing a team that believe in your mission to better serve the children of the District. If a person been their in that position and I'm talking about in management for over 17 years something is wrong with that picture and its not because his doing a good job its because of the same old culture that has crippled this department. That said that they save the District money so did everybody else, don't let them fool you Dr. Hite its time to go
Submitted by Retired FAC (not verified) on October 24, 2012 11:45 pm
So, I guess Mr. T and myself did absolutely nothing the last five years before we left the S.D? We were just as, if not more dedicated to our jobs as R.Z, etc. If you only knew how many hours we both spent "off the clock" working on reports and such in order to meet unrealistic deadlines. Also, you had no idea of how we felt seeing the Facilities budget being gutted every March in order for Ackerman's "team" to waste the money (only to hear nothing but grief from the field). We may not have college degrees, but what we do have is "Institutional Knowledge", and the dedication to get the job done as best we could have under those circumstances. By the way, those reports and files that the consultants looked at to determine what Facilities does? I created them. Oh yeah, one other thing before I forget. Does Ralph still disappear at 11 a.m. every Friday?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 8:33 am
Aren't we all allowed to leave friday's at 11am, since there new motto is "WE ARE JUST FOLLOWING THE RULES" hahah the sdp is a funny place!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 12:36 pm
You call yourself a retired F.A.C. you were an overpaid secretary! hahaha! YOU ARE AND ALWAYS WERE A JOKE!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 6:07 pm
bs is get deep time to put my boots on and get a shovel
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 23, 2012 9:10 pm
Dr. Hite disappoints. He has chosen to recycle instead of replace. By doing so ensures that the district continues on its downward spiral.
Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on October 23, 2012 9:20 pm
Now, do we find out their salaries and benefits packages?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 23, 2012 10:09 pm
The District continues to hire people and give out raises. How can this be afforded? Oh I forgot. I took a reduction in my salary, paid towards my benefits and took furlough days!!!!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 4:32 pm
TRUE TRUE TRUE!
Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on October 24, 2012 9:08 am
Isn't using the word organization in the same sentence with SRC an oxymoron?
Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on October 24, 2012 9:14 am
Let see I have been teaching for over 6 years and this is at least my 5th reorganization. You would think with all the reorganizations they would get good at it but that is not the case. The SRC and the district are run by those rare people who are still in power even though they never learn from past mistakes.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 11:32 am
Mr zambrano has his little posse of friends that get a lot of special attention like overtime people his friends that c leave early ome in late dont hit time clock you know what iam talking about raphie people that say they got Letter saying they go to school so they get out of working certain hours it bs we know what going on king ralph time for 440 to know what going on.
Submitted by F.M.S (not verified) on October 24, 2012 11:16 am
First of all please use spell check, you certainly show your ignorance. There's no posse, employees are paid to do their job, period. We have many competent and worthy of recognition employees, then we have the few bums like you, but, the days of the bums are over. The cream always rises to the top.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 1:15 pm
Is that really true that their are some incompetent people in management because it sure are, yes we seen the transformation in the last 20 years and it got a little better, but just like on the education side when change happens every 4 years it need to happen on this side because you become complacence. And then its not about the children its about self
Submitted by FMS (not verified) on October 24, 2012 2:22 pm
Look we are seriously trying to make a difference, if you think we can do something better, than make a suggestion, all suggestions are welcome, we done know everything, and we will seriously give each proper consideration. Don't fool yourself, those days are over, if mustsurvive as an organization. All our jobs are on the line. And, yes, it is true, it's all about the children, there are customer, the end user. It's not about Managers, FAC, engineers, custodial, supervisors, principals or teachers, it's all about the kids and if we cannot provide a school conducive to the educational process they will go somewhere else, and in that case we will all suffer. Make some suggestions, put them through and lets see if their feasible. Thank you, for your comments.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 2, 2012 3:24 pm
Hey ,if the cream always rises to the top, where does the fat go? Jeff and Ralph? It's true, Ralph's always had his crew. Looks like a Sopranos episode. Same guys gettin the best equipment and overtime. Ralph has a h.s diploma. He's a good politician. And Cardwell, what management school did he go to? What V.P. tells his employees to " get the f-in job done"? Very professional. A guy I REALLY want to work hard for.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 8:10 am
Its Funny How people put Ralph POSSE but when another manage was here and did the same thing in a different area ALL WAS GOOD. Why don't people put more worrying into actually working and less in minding what others do. We have people who bitch and complain about working 12-8:30 but when they come in at 9:30 just sit till 2pm and do ABSOLUTEY NOTHING. The bs that It should go by who has more time in the building is RIDICULOUS. They should let the principals decide by who does actually work cause we all know most people sit until kids go home when there are things to be done. Glass, Brass, Steps, Trash, and So on. If we didn't have so many people just finding ways not to do their jobs correctly maybe people would actually just do their 8 hours and go home. Looking to get out of the SDP ASAP as everything is just going to go down hill and hit the fan. Plenty of jobs that you can make more money and not have so many petty A** people. When someone from the SDP wants to reimburse me my thousands of dollars I've paid and Paying now to attend School and better myself Get at me. We have engineers, CA,Cleaners who get away with everything and anything ! CA should be working with the cleaners not gettting to come in at 7am to 3:30 pm. Or better yet CA who bid into a building and get pulled out to go to another building that someone bid into because the hours don't accomodate them due to another job! People like that should just quit their second job or this job, if people going to school can't change their hours how is it some people can. I guess its not who you know its what your willing to do!!! REALLY. BUT PEOPLE JUST FOLLOWING THE RULES. well if we are going to follow the rules GO BY THEM FOR EVERYONE!!!!!!!! maybe everyone should be 2 to 10:30 again so there is no room for slacking till the kids come in and just sitting around cause there is nothing to do cause the kids are in when we all know there is plenty to do its just lazy ass F**ks who got to be some spiteful people cause they wanna get home by 630 to start drinking....SO FUNNY HAVE A GREAT DAY PHILLY SCHOOL DISTRICT.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 10:25 am
its not who you know its who you blow!!!!!!!!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 11:04 am
Hey a lot of people have best key to buildings that are not suppose to.what with that king ralph.need a list I be glad to get one for you forom one of the real good guys
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 1:38 pm
Ralph is a good man.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 8:31 am
PEOPLE WHO NO LONGER WORK FOR THE BOARD STILL HAVE BEST KEYS! THEY GIVE THEM OUT LIKE CANDY!
Submitted by The Janitor (not verified) on October 24, 2012 1:26 pm
Mr. Zambrano is a excellent asset to the School Dist. His knowledge and expertise has made the School dist. only stronger.Job well done Mr.Zambrano.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 4:33 pm
Dr. Hite do not let the people on the third floor back fool you. Like they have fool plenty of other administrator before you like Paul Valla , Ackerman. If you check the record of Mr. Zambrano you see that he was giving this job by Fumo. And for the person that is writing this comment you must be from south Philly because that's the only people he ever took care of, so as long as you are eating and Zambrano is taking care of you just shut up. We all no what he has been doing for a long time. Dr. Hite just investigate the whole third floor back between the cronyism and the nepotism oh and by the way I thought that was against the code of ethic did the school district fire Estelle Matthews because of those two things
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 4:41 pm
We are going to ask Dr. Hite to investigate you and your kind. You apparently are a disgruntled employee who has pretty much said enough to know who you are. The day of reckoning is near, and those who cannot make the cut will fall to the wayside. you apparently are an uneducated product of the public school system. jealous much, hater............
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 10:24 am
you pretty much have way too much time on your hands. maybe you should do some work instead!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 5:47 pm
Dr Hite does NOT read these comments. He asked someone if this paper was a "Tabloid". Don't hide behind an anonymous posting, go straight to his office tomorrow and tell him in person.
Submitted by Ms. Chips (not verified) on October 24, 2012 4:44 pm
Remember when our school district talked about curriculum? Teaching? Learning? And even books? Remember when we had a PUBLIC school district, charged with educating all kids? It is fitting that the department responsible for that is headed by Nixon, who is not there. At least we no longer pretend that anyone care about what is taught.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 7:20 pm
Kolsky - Leadership and Talent Development. As former Deputy of Professional Development under Nixon, what PD did her office develop and offer to the district? She is very good at organizing PD but not much else. Now she gets staff to stuff folders and create a calendar. Kolsky should be fired for her role in the Wagner fiasco. Johnson - Former Asst. Supt. of AD 9. As former Assistant Superintendent, she made life a living hell for principals (frequently chronicled on the Notebook. Johnson now gets another shot a ruining the lives and careers of those in Accountability. Bi Vuong - former Harvard Data Fellow, where did she come from and when was that position posted? Dennis Creedon - never been a principal but now supervises them. Cassandra Ruffin - what exactly does she do? Runner - Deputy Chief, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in too deep. Newberg - Chief Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, fire her for her role in the Wagner fiasco.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 7:29 pm
The SRC signed off on the investigation. Hite nor anyone else can overturn the decision. No one from Wagner has come forward saying anything improper has taken place the last four years. I find it odd, not one person??? Doesn't add up to me. The witch hunt needs to stop!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 8:15 pm
Look how long it took for other cyclists to get up the guts to speak about Lance Armstrong. Armstrong intimidated and threatened other cyclists for 20 years. He manipulated the system to his advantage. I assume there will be burned teachers coming out eventually. Wagner has been under Nixon for a long time. She handed it to Johnstone. It isn't a witch hunt. There is plenty of evidence that Wagner, like too many other schools, had administrators who did "anything necessary" to look good and reap the benefits. None of this helped students.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 10:25 pm
I have a suggestion. Since all you "anonymous" people know what happened at Wagner and other schools, why don't you tell the public exactly who did what, how it was done, the room numbers, and when it happened, since you all have all the answers. This would save the district money and man hours of investigation time.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 8:21 pm
Everyone brings in their own. Ken Cherry worked with Hite, did his internship under him and he was hired to be an Assistant Superintendent. He's never stepped foot in a high school yet he is supervising high school principals. If you dig deep enough you will find controversy about everyone in his cabinet.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 24, 2012 8:37 pm
Everyone brings in their own. Ken Cherry worked with Hite, did his internship under him and he was hired to be an Assistant Superintendent. He's never stepped foot in a high school yet he is supervising high school principals. If you dig deep enough you will find controversy about everyone in his cabinet.
Submitted by bobsuruncle (not verified) on October 25, 2012 8:46 am
Reading the comments leads me to believe we need to do a better job at teaching grammer and spelling. lol
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 9:09 pm
It is grammar, stupid!!!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 9:19 pm
It is grammar. G-R-A-M-M-A-R
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 12:32 pm
SRC and HITE still don't get it. They need to downsize more the senior and administrative jobs at 440. Why would you need 8 asst supt's , a deputy supt. and a supt.? At the most , perhaps 3 asst. supt's..and cut through some of those other administrative jobs. Way too much cronyism,etc. at 440 still exist. I don't think it will ever end.Yet they want the teachers and other staff to pay for their incompetance
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 2:17 pm
Cronyism is was always going to be apart of this system.But they only enforce it when its somebody they don't like. Look at what they did to Ms. Matthews so they play this game when its affect the body. But they have codes of law that the district should follow and the ones that make these codes don't enforce it looks good on paper. Thorough all of this I hope that the kids will benefit the most not like the McMichael school just receiving a library after 25 years. But the system it self will not change they come in and say that a change is coming but the same people stays in these positions for years and never made a different like Zambrano the building are more dirt now then ever before and these people (Jeff Caldwell) reward him a job because they don't know how the system works, so they think that he is the only one that they can go to for help. what a shame
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 4:53 pm
I agree. Maybe because the Assistant Sups don't have assistance(yet) and secretaries they figure they have reduced staff. You really do NOT need 8.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 5:50 pm
So, while the SDP is going to close 40 - 60 schools, it is keeping the same number of Assist Sups? There also seem to be more downtown offices than before. I guess the only downsizing is at the school level and secretarial / support staff at 440. Yes, the rich get richer while everyone else attempts to survive.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 25, 2012 1:37 pm
team ralph
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 26, 2012 8:47 am
TEAM NO ONE HA
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 26, 2012 7:30 am
Should a boss refer to a employee as white trash to other employees? Real good management. Hire some more people who down talk people to other employees.
Submitted by Caring Individual (not verified) on October 26, 2012 10:24 pm
Dr. Hite Most of us appreciate the fact that you are cleaning out people around you who might cause the district grief. Just keep an eye on some of the others who have control of huge amounts of GRANT money and are supposed to use it for children. THEY DONT. Collect your reconciliations daily and have someone check them and YOU TOO!!!!! Many of us are worried and for good reason. Many think with their pockets...not Take care and think about people when you next make a decision!!! Philadelphia Schools have wonderful and dedicated teachers and unfortunately, parents haven't felt "good" in schools for a long time. Let's work on that too...ALL OF US>>>TOGETHER

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