Tuesday, March 28, 2006

DCPS CAO interviewing for St. Paul superintendent job, and another staffer placed on leave

DCPS's chief accountability officer Meria J. Carstarphen is heading to St. Paul, Minnesota to interview with that city's Board of Education for the job of superintendent.
In October 2004, Miss Carstarphen was one of five key staff appointments made by incoming D.C. schools Superintendent Clifford B. Janey. She has been responsible for the schools' compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act and for implementing new academic standards. The job did not exist before her appointment.

Miss Carstarphen was quoted in the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper yesterday as saying she wanted to work in St. Paul because it is "a model school system in a sea of urban districts."
More interesting than Ms. Carstarphen's news is the news that another of Janey's (high paid) staff has been placed on leave.
Cheryl Hiers-Wilhoyte, one of two assistant superintendents in the Office of the Chief Academic Officer, remains on leave for what school system officials are calling a personnel matter.

Mrs. Hiers-Wilhoyte, who earns a base salary of $154,500 per year, is married to William Wilhoyte, a veteran D.C. schools administrator in the Office of the Associate Superintendent. He is paid $124,500 per year.

Mrs. Hiers-Wilhoyte was named to the post this school year. She previously worked as a private education consultant, a schools superintendent in Madison, Wis., and an administrator in Montgomery County Public Schools.

D.C. school system spokeswoman Roxanne Evans said Friday that Mrs. Hiers-Wilhoyte had been placed on paid administrative leave.

"It's a personnel matter, so we can't say anything more," Miss Evans said.

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