City Council honors resigning superintendent Roosevelt
City Council this morning honored Mark Roosevelt, departing superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Roosevelt last month was named president of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He will leave the school district at the end of the year.
Councilman Patrick Dowd said that when Roosevelt became superintendent in August 2005, he began with a list of goals that the school board wanted him to accomplish.
“I had no idea, and I think the board had no idea, just how Mark Roosevelt would deliver and exceed our expectations,” Dowd said.
Among his accomplishments, according to a resolution presented by council, was a reform agenda called “Excellence for All,” which included designing a new Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade curriculum.
Roosevelt also helped establish “The Pittsburgh Promise,” a scholarship program that gives students up to $10,000 for post-secondary education. In September, the school district received a $37.4 million grant from the federal Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund to change the way teachers are recruited, paid and evaluated.