Critics of superintendent search in Boston embrace the city's choice

June 20, 2007
Despite dissatisfaction with the process, they vow to work with Carol Johnson.

Newly named school Boston Superintendent Carol R. Johnson made first appearance in City Hall since her selection, and the city councilors and community activists who had criticized the search process as too secretive expressed optimism about her potential and vowed to work with her. Johnson's appointment marked the end of months of uncertainly after the previous choice for superintendent took another job in late January.
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PREVIOUSLY: At a Memphis school board meeting marked by emotional pleas for her to stay, a teary-eyed Carol Johnson announced she would be resigning as superintendent to take the top job in the Boston district. She received a standing ovation from a crowd of more than 200.
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Carol R. Johnson, credited with helping to resuscitate failing schools as superintendent in Memphis , will be named the next superintendent of Boston public schools. Mayor Thomas Menino cited Johnson's success in improving the performance of minority students in Memphis and her reputation as a superintendent who includes parents and community leaders in decision-making. Click here to read The Boston Globe article.

UPDATE: School officials in Memphis are mounting a last-ditch effort to persuade Carol R. Johnson to remain head of their city schools; meanwhile Boston political and civic leaders are lauding her selection as the next superintendent of Boston Public Schools. Click here to read The Boston Globe article.

From March 2007: Michael Contompasis, Boston's temporary superintendent as the city begins another search for a new schools chief, has developed a reputation as a straight shooter who has never shied from controversy during his 41-year career in the Boston public schools. Contompasis, 67, had planned to retire last summer, but agreed to become leader of the 57,000-student school system while the School Committee searched for a replacement for Thomas W. Payzant. He has a 13-month contract that ends July 30, but whether he will have to stay longer is unclear. ( Boston Globe)

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