NYC announced new school superintendents. Here’s the full list.

A man in a blue suit stands at a lectern flanked by another man, with dozens of people on stairs behind them.
Mayor Eric Adams and schools Chancellor David Banks announce the selection of 45 school superintendents who will supervise principals across the nation’s largest school district. (Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

Schools Chancellor David Banks unveiled on Monday the superintendents who will directly supervise principals across New York City, the result of an unusually public and contentious process.

Of the 45 superintendencies, 14 will have new leadership. Flanked by Mayor Eric Adams, Banks said the leaders he selected will have expanded authority.

“We set out to build a team of superintendents who are empowered in ways that they have not been in years,” Banks said, adding they would put the needs of students “front and center.”

Superintendents, who are often the face of the school system at local Community Education Council meetings, will soon have extra resources and control over more personnel. The education department is dissolving borough offices that helped support schools, sending their staff to work directly under superintendents, essentially merging the department’s supervision and support systems. Banks said the superintendents will act as a “one-stop shop.”

But the process of selecting new leadership has proved to be controversial — and some current superintendents did not make the cut.

In Brooklyn’s District 15, which runs from Park Slope to Red Hook, Banks did not rehire Anita Skop, who served as superintendent as the district launched high-profile admissions changes aimed at integrating middle schools in one of the most segregated districts in the city.

Skop was also involved in a controversy over the removal a school mural that included messages like “Black Trans Lives Matter” and an Audre Lorde quote “Your Silence Will Not Protect You”, the Daily News reported, a move that drew significant blowback.

Still, the decision not to rehire her drew immediate disappointment from some elected officials. Banks said he valued her experience and that she would remain at the education department in a different role.

“We’re going to move in a slightly different direction moving forward with District 15,” he said.

Shortly after Banks took office in January, he asked every superintendent to reapply for their jobs and promised to go beyond the typical procedure outlined in state law and education department regulations, which allows union officials and parent leaders an opportunity to participate.

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Banks opened the process to the public by holding town hall meetings among the finalists for each position and said he would “be strongly led by what the community says.” (Superintendents must have at least seven years of experience as an educator, including three as a principal.)

But several incumbent superintendents, who had reapplied for their jobs, were told they would not advance to the public round in which local parent councils and community members could ask questions and share feedback. That spurred outcry in communities with strong ties to their current superintendents, with some launching formal petitions that garnered thousands of signatures. 

The education department ultimately backtracked, inviting all current superintendents who applied to participate in the public process. Some superintendents, whose future seemed to be in doubt, wound up being selected after all. 

In Districts 24 and 30, both in Queens, some community members and elected officials pushed hard to retain the superintendents. In both cases, the superintendents remain: Madelene Chan and Philip Composto.

Banks said the outcry did not affect the final decision though he noted the criticism persuaded him to allow all sitting superintendents the chance to participate in the town hall process. “Quite frankly, Phil Composto stepped up his game in a big way,” Banks told reporters. “It didn’t have anything to do with constituents being loud.”

A large swath of Brooklyn will have new superintendents, including Districts 13, 14, 15, and 16. Queens high schools will also be supervised by two new superintendents. In addition, four districts will have “acting” superintendents while the education department’s leadership department conducts a new search. In those cases, Banks said, he was not satisfied that any of the candidates, including some existing superintendents, were right for the job.

One superintendent, who spoke on condition of anonymity to speak freely, said the process was  “demoralizing” and “frustrating.” There was little opportunity to present a complete vision, as the cover letter for the initial application had a single prompt that asked how they would improve literacy in their district, the person said. The interview process largely involved standardized questions without opportunity for back and forth discussion, the superintendent said.

“The process doesn’t really allow you to communicate the things you would value and what you would do and how you would do things differently,” they said.

In addition, it was not clear how the education department had taken the public town halls into account in the hiring process.

“They made this really big deal about hosting these town halls,” the superintendent said, “and there’s been zero understanding or clarity about what way — if at all — that mattered in the hiring process.”

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Banks acknowledged that the public town halls did not have a significant impact on his final decisions, though he said he watched recordings of them. 

“At the end of the day, it’s still my ultimate gut decision that says this is the right person,” he said. “Ninety percent of the time, it’s in full alignment with the community.” 

The new superintendents take office July 1 and will conduct “listening tours” over the summer to solicit recommendations for improving schools. The full list of superintendents can be found below.

Community Superintendent, District 1   Carry Chan   Community Superintendent, District 2   Kelly McGuire   Community Superintendent, District 3   Kamar Samuels   Community Superintendent, District 4   Kristy De La Cruz   Community Superintendent, District 5   Sean Davenport   Community Superintendent, District 6   Manuel Ramirez   Community Superintendent, District 7   Roberto Padilla   Community Superintendent, District 8   Jennifer Joynt   Community Superintendent, District 9   Harry Sherman   Community Superintendent, District 10 Maribel Torres-Hulla   Community Superintendent, District 11 Cristine Vaughan   Community Superintendent, District 12 Jacqueline Rosado   Community Superintendent, District 13 Robin Davson (acting)   Community Superintendent, District 14 David Cintron (acting)   Community Superintendent, District 15 Rafael Alvarez   Community Superintendent, District 16 Brendan Mims   Community Superintendent, District 17 Shenean Lindsay   Community Superintendent, District 18 Celeste Douglas   Community Superintendent, District 19 Tamra Collins   Community Superintendent, District 20 David Pretto   Community Superintendent, District 21 Isabel Dimola   Community Superintendent, District 22 Julia Bove   Community Superintendent, District 23 Khalek Kirkland   Community Superintendent, District 24 Madelene Chan   Community Superintendent, District 25 Danielle DiMango   Community Superintendent, District 26 Danielle Giunta   Community Superintendent, District 27 David Norment   Community Superintendent, District 28 Tammy Pate   Community Superintendent, District 29 Crystal Bonds   Community Superintendent, District 30 Philip Composto   Community Superintendent, District 31 Marion Wilson   Community Superintendent, District 32 Rebecca Lozada   Superintendent, District 75 Citywide Programs  Ketler Louissaint   Superintendent, District 79        Glenda Esperance (acting)   High School Superintendent, Manhattan HS Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6         Gary Beidleman (acting)   High School Superintendent, Bronx HS Districts 7, 9 and 12 Renee Peart   High School Superintendent, Bronx HS Districts 8, 10 and 11     Fia Davis   High School Superintendent, Brooklyn North HS Districts 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 23, and 32 Janice Ross   High School Superintendent, Brooklyn South Districts 17, 18, 20, 21, and 22       Michael Prayor   High School Superintendent, Queens North Districts 24, 25, 26, 30         Hoa Tu   High School Superintendent, Queens South Districts 27, 28, 29   Josephine Van-Ess   High School Superintendent, Consortium, International and Outward Bound        Alan Cheng   High School Superintendent, CUNY and Urban Assembly          Fred Walsh   High School Superintendent, New Visions         Richard Cintron   High School Superintendent, Transfer Schools   John Sullivan

Christina Veiga contributed.

Alex Zimmerman is a reporter for Chalkbeat New York, covering NYC public schools. Contact Alex at azimmerman@chalkbeat.org.

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