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CPS welcomes new superintendent

Monday is Iranetta Wright's first day on the job
Posted at 9:20 AM, May 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-02 17:57:47-04

CINCINNATI — Monday is the first official day on the job for new Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent, Iranetta Wright.

"Cincinnati spoke to me as a leader," Wright said. "There was the understanding that diversity and diversity of thought, diversity of programs, diversity of interests was really important."

Wright plans to visit several schools during her first week including North Avondale Montessori and Taft High School Monday, William Howard Taft Elementary Tuesday and Walnut Hills High School Wednesday.

"I am also appreciative of the community support as we embark on this journey," Wright said earlier this year after being approved by the CPS Board of Education. " I'm looking forward to leading this district. We're going to hit the ground running to learn, grow and develop together. "

In her first 100 days, Wright said she wants to provide a roadmap to the transition with four phases: engage, explore, evaluate and equip.

"It's an opportunity to really pay attention to the voices that are uniquely a part of the community," Wright said. "I think the community has spoken loudly about what they believe about the school district and about leadership in this school district. And so I believe the biggest asset will be the support from the community and from all the stakeholders."

Wright previously 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.

"The ability to take what I've learned, to take the experiences that I have and to share those things in a school system really feels like it's something that I really know and I really am excited about, Cincinnati was the place," she said.

Board members said it was Wright's administrative expertise and in-class teaching experience that stood out.

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.

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 left the district to become the CEO of Cincinnati Works. Her last day with CPS was May 1.

You can read Wright's first 100 days-plan below:

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