New Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent voted in unanimously by board

PITTSBURGH — With a unanimous vote, interim Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Dr. Wayne Walters is now the top man in charge of the district.

“No question about it. You are the right person for the job,” said PPS board member Sala Udin.

Dr. Walters is no stranger to the district.

Throughout his 30-year career, he has been a teacher, assistant principal, assistant superintendent, and now superintendent.

“I also want to thank you Dr. Walters for your 30 years of dedication in Pittsburgh Public Schools. For stepping up to be our interim superintendent. In really tough challenging times, and for accepting the appointment from this board to be our permanent superintendent for 5 years,” said board member Pam Harbin.

The board also approved his employment deal.

It’s a five-year contract that starts Aug. 1 and ends July 31, 2027.

He’ll be paid a starting salary of $260,000 with a 3% increase in 2023, followed by more increases based on the district’s performance.

The district is also providing a security vehicle driven by a school police officer.

“Dr. Walters has received acclaim and congratulations on his appointment throughout the city. I just want to also add my appreciation again for your service and in the interim period which was not easy. But also for your service in the next five years which I also guarantee will not be easy either,” said Udin.

The district has faced a number of issues, including safety concerns for students, busing problems, and budget problems

But the board and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers all feel he’s the person to move the district in the right direction.

“I know that you are homed in on creating the schools that our students and staff deserve. So congrats,” said Harbin.

PPS students start the new school year on Monday, Aug. 29.

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