PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Members of the coalition Black Ladies for a Higher Schooling despatched Pittsburgh Public Faculty’s board of administrators a letter asking them to not renew Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet’s contract.
Hamlet was appointed the place of superintendent again in 2016.
“I’ve had in depth expertise with Dr. Hamlet since he’s been right here,” stated Maria Searcy.
Maria Searcy stated she isn’t happy with what she’s seen.
“I really feel that Dr. Hamlet lacks the management qualities we want in Pittsburgh to show our district round significantly, our most problematic colleges,” stated Searcy.
She and over 50 different black ladies locally despatched this letter to the Pittsburgh Public Faculties board of administrators on Monday. The letter outlines the the explanation why they really feel Hamlet’s contract shouldn’t be renewed together with the dealing with of funds, the way in which the district has dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic and an absence of management within the district.
“I’ve no confidence within the distant studying that may occur on this district for black youngsters to shut achievement gaps as a result of we don’t have key personnel in district to do it,” stated Searcy.
Amber Thompson has a 4th grader within the district in an autism assist program.
“I feel Dr. Hamlet hasn’t achieved sufficient to reply to our wants as dad and mom, our wants as black and brown youngsters and our wants as youngsters who’re a part of college students with exceptionalities,” stated Thompson.
On prime of that, the dearth of pc entry when the Covid-19 pandemic first began.
PPS didn’t present a touch upon the letter, however did refer KDKA to a information launch despatched out Thursday stating that the college board will start reviewing Hamlet’s contract in July. They stated the evaluate of his contract is a personnel matter and the college board can’t remark.
The college board should decide on whether or not or not they wish to renew Dr. Anthony Hamlet’s contract by February 1 of subsequent yr.
His contract expires June 30, 2021.