- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia School Reform Commission has agreed to extend the superintendent’s contract through August 2022.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/1QQDGnj ) the commission voted 4-0 to extend 53-year-old William Hite Jr.’s contract for five more years during a raucous meeting Thursday. He will receive raises only if the teachers do, and at the same rate. They have been without a contract for two years.

Hite says he’s thrilled to continue working for the district.

Mayor Michael Nutter praised Hite’s leadership and says stability is what the cash-strapped district needs. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has expressed support for Hite.

But Hite’s opponents called him out for disregarding the community’s wishes, closing schools and privatizing some district services. A retired teacher says he has brought chaos and turmoil to the district.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com



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