Pittsburgh Public School Board appoints Wayne Walters as Acting Superintendent – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Public Schools have appointed an interim superintendent.
At a special meeting on Wednesday, the district appointed Dr. Wayne Walters as interim superintendent. The vote was unanimous.
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Walters said he was prepared and focused on quality teaching and students. He wants to bring stability to the neighborhood.
“Children’s lives are at stake and we need to improve the quality of teaching and accelerate learning,” Walters said.
Walters also said he was up for challenges.
“We are in the midst of a pandemic. We know about transportation issues, we have budgetary issues and in fact, to be transparent, a crisis of public confidence. Together with the leadership of our board of directors, parents and the community, we can address all of these issues to improve our prospects as a district, ”said Walters.
Board Chairman Sylvia Wilson said he has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, principal and most recently Assistant Superintendent of Professional Development and Special Programming.
“His commitment to PPS and Pittsburgh is unwavering,” Wilson said. “The district needs stabilization and healing. We know he is ready for this challenge and this opportunity.
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Five candidates were interviewed individually before the decision was made. This list of candidates included four deputy superintendents – Monica Lamar, Nina Sacco, Rodney Necciai and Walters. The fifth contender was Principal Kevin Bivins.
Walters will be in office until the search for a permanent superintendent begins in December after the new school board members are sworn in. When asked, Walters did not say if he would apply for the position of permanent superintendent.
“It’s my life and the best I love to do,” Walters said. “I feel so much passion to help change the lives of children. “
Since July 2016, Dr.Anthony Hamlet held the position of superintendent, but he is due to resign on Friday.
His resignation comes after an investigation found he committed ethics violations with travel expenses and time off.
Hamlet maintained that he had done nothing wrong, but said in his resignation letter that it was best for students and families that he left the district due to the current circumstances.
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Walters will be paid $ 210,000, that is if he works for a year.