Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet Submits Resignation to Pittsburgh Board of Public Education
Interim Superintendent To Be Named September 29
Search Process to Commence With Incoming Board in December
PITTSBURGH, September 8, 2021 – Today, the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education received Dr. Anthony Hamlet’s resignation notice as Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, effective Friday, October 1, 2021.
The Board and Dr. Hamlet concur that this action is in the collective best interest of the District, its students and the community. To that end, the Board is expected to accept Dr. Hamlet’s resignation at a special legislative meeting slated for Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
“Members of the Board reviewed the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission Report with diligence, discussed its findings in detail, assessed the overall situation, and remain steadfast in the belief that this outcome is unfortunate, but necessary,” said Sylvia Wilson, Board President. “Most importantly, this course of action creates an opportunity to remain focused on providing quality education for District students while eliminating unrelated distractions. We look forward to moving ahead, and keeping our students safe and engaged in their learning. The Board would like to thank Dr. Hamlet for his five-plus years of service and wish him well.”
The terms of Dr. Hamlet’s contract are in accordance with the Pennsylvania School Code which limits severance to no more than one year of salary and benefits if the contract had two or more years remaining – whether there is a mutual agreement for a resignation or whether he is terminated at will. Thus, Dr. Hamlet will receive one year’s salary, plus the actual value of his benefits. This amounts to $399,687.
As part of the transition process, the Board will appoint an Interim Superintendent with internal candidates being considered for the post. The Board plans to name the interim leader on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Beginning in December, the incoming School Board will direct the national search for a new Superintendent. As the District moves forward, the Board intends to assess and continue to address any additional internal controls referenced in the Report.