City Hall is abuzz with talk focusing on who will fill the No. 2 spot in Amber Dixon's administration.
She advertised for a chief academic officer, with a deadline of Friday (Oct. 7). She says she's going to look through the stack of resumes before making a decision.
Some in the district have pointed out that Wilson has little experience as a teacher -- she worked for 10 years in the district as an elementary school counselor. The only teaching experience listed on her resume is as a summer school teacher at School 68.
She has served as assistant principal at Southside Elementary (including a few months in there as acting principal), principal at Hamlin Park School 74, and principal at Makowski.
You might note that nowhere in there is any experience at the secondary level -- a condition common to the people that former Superintendent James Williams appointed to exempt positions. Some have pointed out that Dixon also lacks experience at the high school level, leading to questions regarding how well qualified the top two administrators (if Wilson were appointed) would be to turn around a four-year graduation rate that hovers around 50 percent.
Dixon won't comment on the rumors regarding Wilson. She's only saying that she needs to look through the stack of resumes before making a decision.
She has another stack of resumes to look through, too. Williams advertised over the summer for an associate superintendent of human resources, a position he never ended up filling. Dixon reposted that in September as an executive director of human resources. Eileen Fleming has been been the acting executive director of human resources for the past few months.
Dixon says she hopes to make both exempt appointments as soon as possible.
- Mary Pasciak