School district announces new deputy supe

San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Carlos Garcia and the Board of Education announced Monday the appointment of Anthony Smith as deputy superintendent of instruction, innovation and social justice.

Smith, who currently serves as superintendent of Emeryville Unified School District, will assume his new position in early November.

“As we focus on our top priorities in SFUSD, we need focused leadership at every level,'' Garcia said in a prepared statement. “I invited Tony to serve as my deputy because of his commitment, vision and success in working together with the whole community to focus on student achievement.''

Garcia also announced the appointment of school district veteran Myong Leigh as deputy superintendent of policy and operations.

“The new deputy position on the instructional side will be complimented by a new deputy position on the school operations,'' said Garcia.

According to Garcia, the addition of the two positions will not create new expenses.

“I hired Dr. Smith in lieu of filling open positions in the current budget,'' he said.

Smith completed his doctoral work in education at University of California at Berkley. In addition, he worked with the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools and led the Emeryville Citywide Initiative, which helped return education to district control three years after state takeover.

“I am excited about Carlos Garcia's leadership and being a part of the vision he has for San Francisco,'' Smith said.

— Bay City News

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