Philly starts academic year with fresh school board, Hite explains what's new

"One of the things that will be different is this board's willingness to engage."

Mike DeNardo
August 25, 2018 - 11:14 pm
Superintendent William Hite

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new Philadelphia school year begins Monday, under a new local school board.

It's a bit early to get a read on how the fledgling local board will act, but Superintendent William Hite sees something that will set the nine-member panel apart from the state-run School Reform Commission.

"I think one of the things that will be different is this board's willingness to engage," he said.

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Hite says the fact that the board has nine members and several committees will provide more chances for meaningful interaction.

"The committees, then allow for conversations and it allows for dialogue that could not occur at a Commission meeting when you're receiving public testimony," he explains.

Hite says he believes any time a local board is making policy and budgetary decisions, it's better.