Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Will Greene Lead JPS to Greener Pastures?

The Jackson Public School District issued the following statement.

The Board of Trustees of Jackson Public Schools announced the appointment of Dr. Errick Greene to the position of Superintendent of Schools on Tuesday, August 21. The appointment concludes the search for a permanent superintendent that engaged over 1,000 parents, students, community leaders, teachers, principals and District staff. During the search process, school district stakeholders articulated a clear and consistent preference for a leader with deep experience working in urban school districts and a proven track record of courageous change and community engagement.

“Dr. Greene comes to Jackson Public School District with a wealth of experience providing leadership on some of the most challenging urban education reform assignments in the United States over the last decade,” said Dr. Jeanne M. Hairston, President of the JPS Board of Trustees. "His command of instruction and principal development along with his ability to hear and connect the needs of the community to the work of the school district positions JPS to improve and excel well into the future."

Dr. Greene currently serves as the Chief of Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an urban school district with a 36,000 student population and demographics similar to JPS. As Chief of Schools, Greene launched the district’s transformation initiative and provided executive leadership across all areas of district operations and school supervision.

"Dr. Greene is a staunch advocate for children, a dedicated bridge-builder, and talented instructional leader," said Dr. Deborah Gist, Superintendent of Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "While I am sad that he’ll be leaving Team Tulsa, I know Dr. Greene will do an amazing job serving as your superintendent and ensuring that all students and families are provided a quality education."

Prior to his post in Tulsa, Dr. Greene served in public school districts in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Detroit and Inglewood, California. As Special Assistant to the Emergency Manager in Detroit, Dr. Greene led efforts to restructure the district central office. While in D.C. Public Schools, he served as an Instructional Superintendent where he supported the Chancellor addressing reform efforts and successfully led a team of principals to improve student achievement in some of the district’s most troubled schools. As Head of School at the Arts and Technology Academy in the nation's capital, Dr. Greene helped improve reading and math scores 20 percentage points and cut school suspensions in half. With family roots in Mississippi, Dr. Greene is excited to join the Jackson Public Schools community in service to our students and families.

"I look forward to working closely with Dr. Greene toward improving the academic achievement of our students across the District," said Interim Superintendent Dr. Freddrick Murray.

Dr. Greene completed his undergraduate studies at Howard University in political science and obtained master's degrees in Education Administration and Policy from Howard University and Trinity University. Most recently, he earned his Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

Following the appointment resolution passed by the Board, Dr. Greene’s credentials will be sent to the Mississippi Department of Education for the issuance of a Mississippi Administrator license. Once the license is issued, the JPS Board of Trustees will move forward with the approval of Dr. Greene's contract with an expected start date on or before October 1, 2018.


Messick said...


How many supers has JPS gone through in the last, say, 28 years, going back to 1990.

And how many supers did JPS have in the 50 years prior to 1990?

Anonymous said...

What about Madison's new superintendent? There has been NOTHING about her posted or published anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Well, he's definitely been in some hell holes, so maybe he and JPS can make something happen.

First task: Cut the administration workforce in half.
Second task: Consolidate campuses where possible
Third task: Fire all non-certified teachers.
Fourth task: Put a competent Chief Financial Officer in place
Fifth task: Create a student discipline plan with JPD involved.
Sixth task: Add / expand shop and "life challenges" curriculums

I can keep going, but you get the drift. A lot of work to do.

Anonymous said...

What's the rating for Tulsa public schools under his leadership? Same question for the Inglewood Calif. & Washington DC schools after his tenures there? Is Green regarded as a public education Turnaround" expert?

Anonymous said...

He is certainly well educated and qualified.
I hope the naysayers and those who feed off our educational systems will give him a chance but somehow, I doubt it.

Anonymous said...

10:52, it was on the Clarion Ledger, WAPT etc websites back in May.

Any chance this guy's acceptance was contingent on the school bond passing? Seems like odd timing that it comes after school starts. That being said, hopefully he can have a positive influence and make a difference in Jackson schools.

Anonymous said...

No mortal can fix JPS. But.....nobody REALLY cares, do they!

Anonymous said...

Clarion-Ledger ran a story on Kimber Halliburton back in May. What's your point now?

Captain Fred Sanford said...


Anonymous said...

Why has he worked at five different districts around the country? That's a lot of golden parachutes.

Why did he leave each time?

Anonymous said...

Time to peel the onion a little....from a release on the Tulsa job:

Prior to this role, Errick was Special Assistant to the Emergency Manager with Detroit Public Schools, where he supported the district’s day to day transformation efforts. He also was a Managing Director at Insight Education Group. He led Insight’s work in New York and Georgia including initiatives related to principal evaluation, teacher effectiveness initiatives and Common Core implementation. He also facilitated a learning community of talented aspiring principals with School Leaders Network (in collaboration with Teach for America).

California turn-around specialists hired to study Jackson Public Schools
February 12, 2018

The Jackson Public School District has enlisted a California-based consultant group to shepherd it through school improvement efforts.

The JPS Better Together Commission hired Insight Education Group, a company based in Encino, Calif., to conduct a 10-month study of the district. The findings of the study will be public.

Insight is described as an “international educational consulting company” which focuses on turning around under-performing schools and teacher training, according to its website. The group has worked with districts across the county, but this will be the first school district in Mississippi, according to the site.

Anonymous said...

"Common core" 'nuf said there.

The only thing good is that he is not a product of JPS.

Anonymous said...

"A proven track record of courageous change and community engagement" Say what??? Perhaps an old fashioned no nonsense business manager with a paddle would be superior to these touchy feely liberal PHD's who can't find there ass with either hand. The JPS is how the citizens want it. This morning moron won't fix the problems.

Anonymous said...

The title should be "will Greene find water in the desert for JPS?

Anonymous said...

Wanna see how "Better Together" and the JPS do? Closely watch the $65 million bond activities. They'll be excellent predictors of what's in store for JPS (and Jackson taxpayers)...

Anonymous said...

@ 11:30 a.m. great points!!!
Unfortunately, the majority of teachers aren’t certified and they have mistreated the certified teachers to the point of retirement. Good luck with replacing the Chief Financial Officer as under the most recent administration she has systematically become the Superintendent. If Greene doesn’t come in and replace her first, then no real progress will be made. Minimally hirer an independent firm to conduct a forensic audit and see if they find the same patterns of behavior she fled from at JPD. Riddle me this???How can an F District justify any money in reserve? How can campus enforcement’s budget be greater than maintenance? How can you believe in the need for bond money for the success of ‘our’ children, when you send your children down Lakeland Drive?

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