Pittsburgh Public superintendent offers resignation amid ethics controversy

by TyLisa C. Johnson, PublicSource

Two weeks after a state ethics commission found violations, and with mounting tensions, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet submitted a resignation notice to the school board, effective Oct. 1.

The resignation comes about one year after Hamlet’s contract was renewed.

The school board is expected to accept Hamlet’s resignation at a special legislative meeting on Sept. 14, and announce an interim leader on Sept. 29.

At a Wednesday conference, school board President Sylvia Wilson said the outcome was “unfortunate but necessary.”

“This course of action creates an opportunity to remain focused” on district students while eliminating unnecessary distractions, she said. She noted that the resignation was Hamlet’s choice. “This was not a forced action.”

The board declined to give insights into its private discussions about ethics violations found by a state commission, citing personnel issues.

The board will begin a national search for a new superintendent in December, following the November election which is likely to change the makeup of the school board.

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet at a May 22, 2019 school board meeting. (Photo by Terry Clark/PublicSource)

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