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CPS announces superintendent pick

Laura Mitchell was voted the next CPS superintendent. (Provided by Cincinnati Public Schools) Laura Mitchell was voted the next CPS superintendent. (Provided by Cincinnati Public Schools)

The Cincinnati Board of Education picked Laura Mitchell as the next superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools Tuesday afternoon.

Mitchell is CPS' current deputy superintendent and chief academic officer. 

According to her CPS biography:

Prior to her current role, Laura served as a teacher, principal and program manager for the Stupski Foundation where she worked with large urban districts across the nation.  Over the course of her career, Laura’s educational initiatives have been recognized on a national level.  Her reform accomplishments have been highlighted through multimedia:  television, radio and professional publications.  She has served as the keynote speaker for several conferences and is the subject of a leadership case study published by the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, which focused on school turnaround.

Laura was instrumental in leading a team of principals, teachers and instructional coaches to increase the academic achievement of 16 underperforming schools.  That work elevated Cincinnati Public Schools to the rating of “Effective”, making CPS the first and only urban district in Ohio to earn this distinction.

Laura has been awarded the Mayor’s Salute Award, Governor’s Educational Leadership Award, State of Ohio Senate Commendation and House of Representatives Tribute for Nationally Recognized Educator as well as the Milken National Award.

Mitchell will replace Mary Ronan, who is retiring at the end of July following nine years as the chief administrator for the largest public school system in Southwest Ohio.

“I am excited to be selected as the next Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools,” Mitchell said in a release. “My highest priority will be to accelerate academic achievement throughout our district and properly prepare our students to compete globally. I intend to work collaboratively with students, parents, staff, business leaders and members of the community to ensure that all of our schools are good schools and that all of our students have opportunities for excellence.”

Mitchell and Andre Spencer, superintendent of Harrison District 2 in Colorado Springs, CO, were the two finalists for the position.

They were selected from a field of 58 candidates from more than 40 states, according to a news release. The field included 44 men and 14 women.

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