Cincinnati Public Schools Announces Interim Superintendent Following Laura Mitchell's Departure

Deputy Superintendent Tianay Amat will step into the role beginning June 12.

click to enlarge Tianay Amat, the new interim superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools - Photo: Cincinnati Public Schools
Photo: Cincinnati Public Schools
Tianay Amat, the new interim superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools

Cincinnati Public Schools continue to move forward, despite the announced departure of its longtime superintendent.

During a CPS Board of Education meeting earlier this week, Deputy Superintendent Tianay Amat was tapped to become the district's interim superintendent beginning June 12. Amat's appointment follows the announcement that Laura Mitchell, the current superintendent, will resign at the end of the academic year.

In her role as deputy superintendent, Amat supervises school leadership and oversees the curriculum, early childhood, testing, and accountability and research departments. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Amat won the Cincinnatus Association Public School Administrator of the Year in 2015 and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council Community Builder of the Year award in 2016.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve CPS during this important time," Amat says in a press release from Cincinnati Public Schools. "I look forward to partnering with the board, our teachers and staff, and CPS students, families and community as we transition into summer and prepare for the next academic year."

The CPS Board of Education says it will conduct a "strategic and transparent" national search for a permanent superintendent.

Outgoing superintendent Mitchell will leave her CPS post to become the president and CEO of Beech Acres Parenting Center, as she announced earlier in May. Mitchell has been superintendent since 2017 and employed by the district for 27 years. Under her leadership, CPS enrollment grew from 64.3% to 68.5%.

Mitchell's final day will be June 11.


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