It’s official. Syracuse School District superintendent, Sharon Contreras, has accepted a job as the superintendent of the Guilford County Schools in North Carolina.
The news broke less than a week after the end of another contentious school year for the Syracuse schools chief which included a disputed one-year extension to her employment contract. The compromise extension turned out to be the penultimate chapter in a saga (some say a tragedy for students) marked by difficult relations with teaching staff, a vote of no confidence by members of the teachers union, and serious concerns about the safety of students and staff during the school day (of course little of the controversy is listed on her official Wikipedia page, someone has done their due diligence to scrub any controversy from the virtual record).
There will certainly be many questions about her #Contrexit. Who will replace her? Will the Board of Ed choose another Broad Academy, reformy driven leader? Will Contreras take any of her “Talent Management” staff (yes, they really call it that) with her? Spoiler: Contreras’ chief of staff, Kim Bradley, left the district in November to take a job in…..(wait for it)….North Carolina.
Time will tell.
From: Contreras, Sharon
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:21:17 PM
To: All District Staff
Subject: Thank you!
Following the close of a successful 2015-16 school year I’m writing to inform you that my time with the Syracuse City School District has come to a close. Certainly this news brings mixed emotions. While I am excited and open to this new opportunity, I am saddened to be leaving a community I have come to love. I have been named Superintendent of Schools in the Guilford County School system in Greensboro, North Carolina and will begin the 2016-17 school year in that capacity.
Working alongside wonderful SCSD students, staff and administrators for the past five years has been a true honor. Together, we have implemented our districtwide strategic plan, Great Expectations, and we have seen great changes in our school buildings and the District as a whole. I am confident that these positive changes will continue in the weeks, months and years to come.
I sincerely thank each of you for making my first Superintendence an educational, challenging and fulfilling experience. I look forward to hearing about all the ways you will continue #makinggreathappen for the children of the SCSD in the future, and I hope you will keep in touch!
Sharon Sharon L. Contreras, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Syracuse City School District
725 Harrison Street Syracuse, NY 13210