Kenney names 13 to help pick Philly’s new school board

By Kristen A. Graham, The Philadelphia Inquirer | January 16, 2018

Stoneleigh Board Member Wendell Pritchett is featured by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mayor Kenney on Tuesday named the 13 city residents who will shape Philadelphia’s new school board, laying out a ambitious timeline for forming a district governing body that will control a $3 billion budget and the education of about 200,000 students.

The nominating panel members include: Kendra Brooks, a district parent, restorative justice instructor, and member of Parents United for Public Education; Bonnie Camarda, a pastor, director of partnerships for the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, and former director of Esperanza Health Services; Patrick Eiding, president of the Philadelphia Council, AFL-CIO; Dan Fitzpatrick, president of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and former chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Jamie Gauthier, executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy and parent of two district students; Peter Gonzales, CEO of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians; Derren Magnum, president of the C.W. Henry Elementary School PTA and an official with Opera Philadelphia; Barbara Moore Williams, a 35-year Philadelphia teacher and administrator who now teaches at Cheyney University and works as an educational consultant; Stephanie Naidoff, former Philadelphia commerce director and city representative; Ivy Olesh, executive director of Playworks, a district parent, and the founding member of the Friends of Chester Arthur; Kimberly Pham, a Temple University student and activist concentrating on public policy and re-engaging youth; Wendell Pritchett, provost of the University of Pennsylvania and a former SRC member; and Sean Vereen, president of Steppingstone Scholars.

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