By an 8-1 vote, the Pittsburgh Board of Education has approved the hiring of Dr. Linda Lane to succeed Mark Roosevelt as superintendent effective January 1st.
Roosevelt is leaving at the end of the month to become the new president of Antioch College in Ohio.
For the last 4 years, Lane has served as Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability and was a key member of the planning team that led the district to receive a $40 million grant d for teacher enhancement from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The lone "no" vote came from Board Member Mark Brentley, who said he wasn't voting against the individual but against the process. He wanted a nationwide search for a new superintendent.
But School Board President Sherry Hazuda says they are confident that Lane has the necessary experience "to take the work we have started to the next level. She began her career in education as a classroom teacher and because of this knows what we need to do to support our teachers and principals to ensure we reach our district's vision of 'Excellence for All'."
Under her 3 year contract, Lane's salary will start at $200,000, with automatic $5,000 annual pay hikes and the opportunity for yearly $10,000 merit increases.