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Anticipated shakeup turns out to be a new deputy

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Joined by Mayor Nutter at a meeting of the School Reform Commmision, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman announced a "structural change" at the District: Leroy Nunery was promoted to a new high-level post as deputy superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia.

Nunery has been serving as chief of institutional advancement and strategic partnerships since April at an annual salary of $180,000. He was one of three finalists in the CEO search that led to the hiring of Ackerman two years ago.

A rumored shakeup of Ackerman’s leadership team did not occur today.

In introducing Nunery, the superintendent stressed the District’s need for help in addressing the many "operational challenges" it faces.

Nunery said he was committed to "helping children to achieve their utmost, to optimize their opportunities" and promised that he would work to "bring efficiency and effectiveness to the District," including oversight of both of how funds are raised and expended.

"I fully support the decision made by Superintendent Ackerman," said Mayor Nutter, and emphasized his commitment "to ensure that Imagine 2014 is successful." Imagine 2014 is Ackerman’s five-year plan for school improvement.

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