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Paul Kihn, Hite’s deputy, leaving District

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

Deputy Superintendent Paul Kihn, the District’s second-ranking official, is leaving his position in three weeks, spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed on Wednesday.

Kihn, who earned $210,000 a year, is leaving for personal reasons. His wife took a job in Washington, D.C. He had been cutting back his time in the office and telecommuting at least one day a week. The couple have two small children.

Kihn was recruited by Superintendent William Hite from the global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. Gallard said that Kihn would not be replaced. Hite is trying to increase support for the system’s local networks of schools overseen by assistant superintendents, Gallard said.

Among Kihn’s duties has been his leadership role in revising the District’s charter policies, including those for the Renaissance initiative, in which low-performing schools are turned over to charter operators.

Kihn issued the following statement:

"I am leaving the School District for personal reasons. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve the children and families of Philadelphia for the past three years, and I remain truly excited and optimistic about the Superintendent’s vision and the exceptional people on his team, especially our school leaders and our extraordinary teachers."

Word of Kihn’s pending departure comes on the last day of work for Chief Financial Officer Matthew Stanski, who is also leaving for personal reasons. Stanski’s wife also works in Washington, and the family lives in Maryland. Stanski commuted for the entirety of his time here.

Stanski will take a similar position in the Montgomery County, Md., school district.

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