Strategic-partnership chief leaving school district

Posted: July 22, 2014

THE PHILADELPHIA School District is dealing with more personnel changes, including the departure of the director of strategic partnerships after just one year.

Stacy Holland will leave the district Aug. 31 to become executive director of the Lenfest Foundation, according to an internal memo last Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by the Daily News. Holland was hired in September to head the new office. She had been the co-founder and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network.

"This is an amazing opportunity for Stacy to take an active role in identifying funding priorities and strategies for a significant family foundation," the memo said of Holland's next job.

"Since joining the district, Stacy has been invaluable in rebuilding the district's relationship with the foundation community, securing additional funding from private donors and philanthropic sources, matching new programmatic resources to our schools and providing an infrastructure to support external partnerships."

Holland's departure leaves a big void for the financially distressed district, which is expecting $39 million in financial contributions and in-kind donations from philanthropic and corporate partners this fiscal year. The district is searching for Holland's replacement, a spokesman said.

Thursday's memo also announced these changes:

* Benjamin Wright, director of alternative education, is leaving the district. Since his arrival in 2008, Wright has also served as regional superintendent and assistant superintendent.

* Sonya Harrison was appointed assistant superintendent for Learning Network 3, effective Aug. 1. Harrison has served as principal of Wilson Elementary and Lea Elementary.

The Philadelphia Public School Notebook first reported the personnel moves.

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