Kaya Henderson Stepping Down as DCPS Chancellor

John Davis Will Take Over As Interim Chancellor

Kaya Henderson. (Twitter)

DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will step down from her position on Sept. 30, 2016. She and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced June 29. DCPS Chief of Schools John Davis will take over as interim chancellor.

Henderson started at DCPS in 2007 and took over as Chancellor in 2011. She saw the public school enrollment grow by nearly 4,000 from 2010 to 2016.

“After decades of decline, DCPS has also seen consistent, annual enrollment growth since Kaya became Chancellor,” Bowser said in her announcement. “…While we will miss Kaya, we can all be proud of her team and her tenure as the second longest-serving leader of DCPS.”

The announcement comes along with several changes to leadership planned for the 2016-2017 school year — at least eight principals of Ward 6 schools will be replaced.

The new principals include:

  • Sah Brown at Eastern High School (1700 East Capitol St. NE)

  • Stephanie Byrd at Payne Elementary School (1445 C St. SE)

  • Greg Dohmann at Jefferson Middle School Academy (801 Seventh St. SW)

  • Andrea Mial at Miner Elementary School (601 15th St. SE)

  • Andrew Smith at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School (659 G St. NE)

  • TaMikka Sykes, Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (401 I St. SW)

  • Clinton Turner at Walker-Jones Education Campus (1125 New Jersey Ave. NW)

  • Isamar Vargas at Eliot-Hine Middle School (1830 Constitution Ave. NE)

Henderson’s leadership at DCPS helped dramatically improve the schools’ academic achievement, said DC Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), chair of the Council's Committee on Education. He commended the DCPS staff, teachers and schools’ administrations, as well, but credited her for leading with a vision.

“We have seen DCPS transform from a historically under performing school district to one that is nationally recognized for its growth and innovation,” Grosso said in a statement.

But while Henderson helped revive the public sector of education and deserves recognition for her work, this change offers DCPS the chance to grow in different areas, said Ivan Frishberg, a member of the Brent Elementary School Parent Teacher Association.

"The next Chancellor and new leadership more broadly also creates an opportunity to address some of the system's shortcomings on parent engagement, infrastructure and services outside the classroom," Frishberg said.

Bowser said the District and DCPS will start conducting a nation-wide search for Henderson’s replacement in the next year.


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