Outgoing Springfield School Superintendent Lands Top State Education Post
The outgoing superintendent of Springfield's public schools is going to remain in Massachusetts. Mitchell Chester, the state's Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, announced today (Monday) that he is appointing Alan Ingram to be one of his two deputy commissioners. Chester says he was impressed by Ingram's understanding of the needs of urban school districts and commitment to help students who are struggling academically. He says the reforms Ingram put in play during his four years at the helm of the second largest school district in New England, are beginning to bear fruit, especially at schools designated by the state as chronically under-performing.
“The schools that we require an aggressive turn-around plan are the schools that Alan has taken on in Springfield. There are ten of those in Springfield. And after the first year of data we saw strong progress in the majority of those schools. And I fully expect that those lessons learned will be applied across the state.”
Ingram was not immediately available for comment. His new job as deputy commissioner, however, will come with a more than $54,000 a year cut in pay from his current salary as Springfield School Superintendent. He begins his new post on July 16th. The Springfield Schools' Deputy Superintendent, Daniel Warwick, is slated to take over the top post on July 1st.