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Walcott Prepares for Transition to New Mayor
Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 05:19 PM
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is paving the way for the next mayor by setting up a transition team. As the Daily News reports, Walcott said Thursday that he had appointed Senior Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg to head up the prep work.
“This not about the adults it’s about the students, and my responsibility is to make sure we have a smooth transition,” Walcott said, during a ribbon-cutting for P.S. 133's new building in Park Slope.
Walcott made clear that his last day will be December 31. That's a departure from 2002, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office. Former Chancellor Harold Levy stayed until Bloomberg selected Joel Klein as chancellor that summer.
The transition team is preparing a document of “priority issues” — as well as information on “day-to-day” operations including emergency preparedness.