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Task Force Bulletin: Phila. Schools - Changes in Executive Leadership as of July 1, 2010

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  • Cecelia Thompson
    Good Afternoon, Below are the changes in the Executive Leadership for the Phila. School District as of July 1, 2010 Note: Dr. Nunery was promoted on June 9,
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      Good Afternoon,
      Below are the changes in the Executive Leadership for the Phila. School District as of July 1, 2010
      Note: Dr. Nunery was promoted on June 9, 2010
      EmployeeNew PositionFormer PositionResponsibilities
      David WeinerChief Academic and Accountability Officer.Chief Accountability Officer 
      Pamela Brownremain in the academic office; current title unknowncurrent acting Chief Academic Officer 
      Tomas HannaAssociate Superintendent of Academics.Chief of staffoversee the Offices of Academics and Accountability, Parent and Community Engagement, Student Support Service and truancy.
      Diane CastelbuonoAssociate Superintendent of Strategic ProgramsDeputy Secretary in the PA Dept of Educationoversee Charter, Turnaround and Renaissance schools.
      Lucy FeriaDeputy Chief of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs.Superintendent of the North Region 
      Karen KolskyDeputy Chief of Professional Development.Assistant Superintendent - Northeast Region 
      Michael SonkowskyDeputy Chief of Grants Development and ComplianceDirector, Office of Grants Development and Support 
      Leroy Nunery Deputy Superintendent  2nd in Command to Dr. Ackerman; day-to-day operations of the district

      Cecelia Thompson
      Chairperson, Philadelphia Right to Education Local Task Force
      Posted on Fri, Jun. 25, 2010
      More changes in Ackerman administration
      By Kristen A. Graham
      A shake-up of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's leadership team continues, with the schools chief adding several new positions.
      Announced today were several changes that will take effect July 1.
      David Weiner, formerly Chief Accountability Officer, becomes Chief Academic and Accountability Officer.
      Pamela Brown, the current acting Chief Academic Officer, will remain in the academic office, but Philadelphia School District spokeswoman Evelyn Sample-Oates said she did not know what Brown's new title would be.
      Tomas Hanna, formerly Ackerman's chief of staff, takes on the new job of Associate Superintendent of Academics. In this role, he will oversee the offices of academics and accountability, parent and community engagement, student support service and truancy.
      Diane Castelbuono, formerly a deputy secretary in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, becomes the new Associate Superintendent of Strategic Programs. Castelbuono will oversee charter, turnaround and Renaissance schools.
      Lucy Feria, who had been superintendent of the North Region, is the new Deputy Chief of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs.
      Karen Kolsky, who had been an assistant superintendent in the Northeast Region, is now Deputy Chief of Professional Development.
      Michael Sonkowsky, who had been director of the Office of Grants Development and Support, is now Deputy Chief of Grants Development and Compliance.
      For the time being, the officials' salaries will not change, Sample-Oates said.
      "We're trying to stay neutral within the budget," said Sample-Oates. "We've been instructed by the SRC not to go over budget."
      She said the salaries might change eventually.
      Changes to the structure of the district's regional offices are still to be announced. It is widely expected that the current setup, with regions based mostly on geography, will no longer exist.
      In recent weeks, Ackerman has made a number of moves within her administration. Last week, she promoted several principals to become assistant superintendents and turnaround principals overseeing restructured schools.
      Earlier in the month, she named Leroy Nunery deputy superintendent and said that as her second-in-command, he would take responsibility for some of the day-to-day operations of the district.
      Contact staff writer Kristen Graham at 215-854-5146              215-854-5146       or kgraham@....
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