Mayor Nutter praises Dr. Hite’s tenure at the School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, December 17, 2015 — Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement encouraging the School Reform Commission (SRC) to vote in favor of extending Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite’s contract with the School District of Philadelphia at its meeting tonight.
Mayor Nutter’s statement is as follows:
“Tonight’s vote on whether to extend Dr. Hite’s contract is an important one for the School District of Philadelphia. Stability and sound leadership is precisely what the District needs to move forward and continue to make improvements in the quality of education it provides to our city’s children. I strongly encourage the SRC to extend Dr. Hite’s contract.
Dr. Hite came to Philadelphia and the School District during one of the most difficult periods in the District’s history. But he didn’t let budget shortfalls or low attainment rates and test scores, deter him. He set a bold, ambitious, innovative vision for the District’s educational agenda. During his tenure, he has been a tireless advocate for full and fair education funding and for providing a high-quality education to all children. He has made early learning initiatives like Read by 4th and the Pre-K Campaign a priority. Dr. Hite has implemented practical and sensible changes at the District.
He is an insightful leader who is deeply dedicated to putting Philadelphia’s children on a path to success. We are fortunate to have Dr. Hite in this city. I ask that the SRC votes to extend his contract.”
Dr. Hite’s current contract is set to expire in 2017. The SRC introduced a resolution for a five-year contract extension, which would run through August 31, 2022. Additionally, the amended contract proposal includes the removal of a performance compensation provision and maintains Dr. Hite’s current salary, providing a compensation increase only when and by the same amount as teachers.