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Chancellor Klein Appoints Sharon Greenberger as Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Education

04/26/10

Former New York City Principal Marc Sternberg to Assume New Position of
Deputy Chancellor for Portfolio Planning

Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein today appointed School Construction Authority President Sharon Greenberger as Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Education (DOE). Chancellor Klein also appointed Marc Sternberg, a founder and former principal of the Bronx Lab School, to serve in the new position of Deputy Chancellor of Portfolio Planning. These appointments are part of an ongoing effort by the Chancellor to focus and improve central administrative support of schools.

“With the worst fiscal crisis in 30 years as well as new school governance legislation, it is more important than ever to provide top-quality support to our schools as responsively and efficiently as possible,” Chancellor Klein said. “Our newest team members, Sharon Greenberger and Marc Sternberg, will help these efforts enormously. Both have years of experience working with the City’s schools, and I’m delighted that they will be joining the DOE.”

In her new role, Ms. Greenberger will oversee day-to-day operations and be responsible for coordinating the functions of DOE’s central offices. Lorraine Grillo, currently the School Construction Authority’s Executive Director, will serve as the Authority’s Interim Acting President.

Given the challenges of the current economic conditions, Photeine Anagnostopoulos, the DOE’s current Chief Operating Officer for Enterprise Operations, will draw on her financial expertise to fully focus on budgetary planning and operations as Deputy Chancellor for Finance & Technology.

Mr. Sternberg will coordinate DOE planning with the needs of communities across the City as he oversees the creation and siting of new schools and programs and manages efforts to ensure equity and consistency in enrollment at all schools. Mr. Sternberg founded the Bronx Lab School on the Evander Childs campus in 2004 and served as the school’s principal until June 2009. He currently serves as a White House fellow in the office of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Chancellor Klein will make additional internal adjustments aimed at improving central administrative support of schools.

To integrate instructional planning more fully with the support teams that work directly with schools, Chancellor Klein also will merge the Division of Teaching and Learning with the Division of School Support. The newly formed Division of School Support and Instruction will work directly with principals and teachers to help schools develop curriculum and teach effectively. The consolidated division will be led by Deputy Chancellor Eric Nadelstern, who currently oversees the Division of School Support. Mr. Nadelstern has worked in the New York City public schools for 38 years, serving previously as a principal and superintendent.

As part of the DOE’s broader effort to bring the perspective of public school families and community partners to policy decisions, Chancellor Klein will create the new position of Deputy Chancellor for Community Engagement and appoint Santiago Taveras, who has served for the past year as Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, to that role. Mr. Taveras has worked in the City’s schools for 21 years, having previously served as a principal and superintendent.

Further, in an effort to ensure that titles of DOE divisions clearly reflect their primary functions, the Chancellor will implement several name changes:

  • Division of School Support will become the Division of School Support and Instruction
  • Division of Accountability and Achievement Resources will become the Division of Performance and Accountability 
  • The Chief Achievement Office will become the Division for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners
  • Division of Infrastructure and Planning will become the Division of Operations
  • Division of Strategy and Innovation will become the Division of Talent, Labor, and Innovation
  • Division of Enterprise Operations will become the Division of Finance and Technology

Each division head will also become a deputy chancellor.

These changes will be fully implemented by July 1.