NYC introduces new school superintendents to mixed reactions


New York City public schools announced more than a dozen new superintendents in the system’s 45 districts Monday — a major shake-up of the upper ranks that was met with mixed reactions from parents, teachers and advocates.

All 45 district bosses were asked to reapply for their positions under the contentious process to expand the role, giving superintendents more authority in overseeing city schools.

“I have heard repeatedly from parents that they feel unheard, unwelcome and under-appreciated by those in leadership,” said Schools Chancellor David Banks.

“To address these challenges and implement bold solutions, we set out to build a team of superintendents who are empowered in ways that they have not been in years.”

The slate included at least 12 newly assigned superintendents, as well as two who swapped districts and about 30 familiar faces who retained their positions.

“I have heard repeatedly from parents that they feel unheard, unwelcome and under-appreciated by those in leadership,” said New York City School Chancellor David Banks.
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About 130 internal and external candidates applied for superintendent roles, according to the Department of Education.

“I want a one-stop shop,” Banks said of the reimagined job. “I want to make this New York City public schools, a more parent-friendly experience. And a parent knows when in doubt, all I have to do is go to my superintendent’s office, I should be able to get all my questions answered there.”

“The superintendent’s job is a different job — it’s a much bigger job,” he added.

New York City public schools announced more than a dozen new superintendents throughout the system's 45 districts.
New York City public schools announced more than a dozen new superintendents throughout the system’s 45 districts.
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The hiring process was supposed to involve parent and teacher engagement, though The Post reported not all candidates made it to that round — including a popular incumbent and 40-year veteran Superintendent Philip Composto from District 30 in Queens.

After outcry from thousands of parents and teachers, the DOE reversed course, inviting all incumbents to participate in the community engagement stage of the interview. Those town halls ran throughout the spring as parents and teachers asked questions of the district finalists.

Composto was ultimately re-selected for his position.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams showed his support for the new superintendents on Monday.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams showed his support for the new superintendents on Monday.
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Parents in his district were “elated and relieved and surprised … in the best way possible,” said Deborah Alexander, a member of the parent-led Community Education Council 30.

Other district heads were not so lucky.

Two long-standing educators — Manhattan High School Superintendent Vivian Orlen, who oversaw the district including LaGuardia High School amid controversial changes, and District 79 Superintendent Robert Zweig — were replaced on Monday with temporary administrators.

Manhattan High School Superintendent Vivian Orlen, who oversaw schools such as LaGuardia High School, was replaced by a temporary administrator.
Manhattan High School Superintendent Vivian Orlen, who oversaw schools such as LaGuardia High School, was replaced by a temporary administrator.
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