WILLIAM R. HITE'S "Action Plan v1.0" is the product of three months of listening by Philly's newest superintendent.
Here are some highlights of the plan's strategies:
* Balance and sustain operating, capital and grants budgets. The district faces a cumulative $1 billion deficit over the next five years, and Hite's proposal calls for cutting expenses and tracking progress against the district's five-year financial plan. Fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1, is "especially critical," the plan says. "We must implement strict financial controls, be strategic in our resource allocation process and continuously track progress to ensure fiscal stability in 2014."