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Cincinnati Public Schools names new superintendent

Iranetta Wright
Posted at 6:41 PM, Feb 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-28 23:30:05-05

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Public Schools named Iranetta Wright its new superintendent at Monday's Board of Education meeting.

Wright has served as the deputy superintendent for Detroit Public Schools Community District since 2017. Before moving to Michigan, the Florida native served in several roles during her 25 years with Duval County Public Schools. Wright was a teacher, principal, regional superintendent and the district's Chief of Schools.

"I thank the Board for their decision and belief in my ability to lead our district to the next level as we make Cincinnati Public Schools the public school choice for children and families of our city," Wright said. "I am also appreciative of the community support as we embark on this journey. I'm looking forward to leading this district. We're going to hit the ground running to learn, grow and develop together. Let's get to work."

Former CPS superintendent Laura Mitchell resigned after 27 years with the district in June 2021. A statement from CPS said Mitchell left "to pursue an unexpected professional opportunity." Tianay Amat was appointed interim superintendent shortly after Mitchell's resignation was announced.

Amat and Wright were listed as finalists for the superintendent position alongside Middletown City School District Marlon Styles. The board thanked Amat for doing a "terrific job" as interim superintendent, and Amat thanked CPS families and staff for the opportunity.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to lead our incredible district for the last eight months," Amat. "I welcome Ms. Wright to CPS and look forward to ensuring a smooth transition."

CPS said Wright has been recognized as a City Year Champion of Education, United Negro College Fund Innovator in Education, and Chiefs for Change Future Chief.

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