PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Michael Nutter has moved quickly to fill one of the open seats on the School Reform Commission.
One day after the resignations of chairman Robert Archie and board member Johnny Irizarry (see related story), Mayor Nutter has appointed a former staffer, Wendell Pritchett, to the School Reform Commission.
Pritchett is currently the chancellor of Rutgers University’s Camden campus, and a former deputy chief of staff for Nutter.
The SRC has taken heat as a $629-million dollar budget deficit developed this year. Pritchett sees his job this way:
“It’s a fiduciary responsiblity to make sure that the entity — the Philadelphia School District — is using its funds in the appropriate way,” he told KYW Newsradio. “And two, to supervise the chief executive. So that will be my philosophy. That’s been my approach to all of the other boards I’ve been on, and I think that’s the way you should approach being on a board.”
Once Pritchett is sworn in, the five-member SRC will have two remaining vacancies, including one to be filled by Nutter. Governor Corbett’s nomination of Pedro Ramos is awaiting confirmation by the Pennsylvania state senate.
Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060