For William R. Hite Jr., the clock started ticking Wednesday.
It was the new Philadelphia schools chief's first day on the job full-time, the first day of fact-finding for a plan he said he would release Jan. 2.
Hite said he would spend the next 90 days crisscrossing the city, visiting classrooms and churches, talking to students and parents and community members - anyone with a stake in the Philadelphia School District.
He will make visits to Harrisburg and to City Council and the mayor's office. He'll look at the district's finances and operations.
"Once I learn all that information, it's important to make very public what I intend to do about it, and then say what individuals can do to hold me accountable about it," he said in an interview.