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School District sees big shakeup at the top, but principal turnover recedes

Matt Stanski, William Hite, and Marge.
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This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Winds of change have been blowing through the Philadelphia School District.

Several top administrators have announced their departures in the last few months.

In May, Chief Financial Officer Matt Stanski said he was leaving to take a similar post in the Montgomery County, Maryland, school district.

In July, Deputy Superintendent Paul Kihn resigned.

A few weeks later, Chief Academic Officer Donyall Dickey accepted a position as chief schools officer in Atlanta.

In late July, Grace Cannon, the head of the newly created Office of New School Models, stepped down.

Cannon had to take on additional responsibility during the 2014-15 school year after Saliyah Cruz left her position as founding principal of an innovative new high school less than two weeks into the year.

Superintendent William Hite said the turnover will have little impact on operations.

"It does not change the work. The work continues," he said.

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