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Reading School District hires a new superintendent

The Reading School Board has a new superintendent.

The board voted 8-1 to name Dr. Jennifer Murray as the next superintendent of the fourth-largest school district in the state.

Board member Patricia Wright was only board member to vote against Murray’s appointment.

Murray replaces beloved former superintendent Dr. Khalid N. Mumin who left the district in October to lead Lower Merion School District after spending seven years in Reading.

The board had no discussion or comment before voting to appoint Murray.

“We would probably have to go into executive session,” said board President Robin Costenbader-Jacobson.

“Congratulations, Dr. Murray,” Costenbader-Jacobson said after the vote.

The board approved a five-year contract with Murray who will be paid $235,000 per year and is eligible for a 3% to 4% raise each year of the contract.

She is also eligible for a $10,000 bonus per year if she achieves a rating of proficient or distinguished each school year.

The board approved the contract by a 7-2 vote with board members Mark Detterline and Wright voting against the contract.

“Congratulations again,” Costenbader-Jacbson said.

“I am vey humbled and deeply honored to accept the position of superintendent of schools for the Reading School District,” Murray said at the end of the meeting. “As many of you know, I have dedicated my career to the children, the families and the community of Reading.”

Murray said she will continue to build upon the district’s strategic plan of safe and secure schools, academic excellence, effective communication, financial effectiveness and strong partnerships.

“I am filled with gratitude for every staff member, every student and every community partner,” Murray said. “Thank you to the school board of directors for this opportunity to continue to move our district forward into 2022 and beyond.”

“I am so appreciative of this opportunity and I will not let you down,” she added.

Murray had been serving as interim superintendent after Mumin left the district.

Murray started as an elementary school teacher in the Reading School District 23 years ago.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University, a master’s degree from Gwynedd Mercy College and a doctorate from Immaculata University.

The Berks County Intermediate Unit led the search for Mumin’s replacement.

Before being named interim superintendent, Murray was assistant superintendent and served on Mumin’s administrative team that was key to turning the school district around seven years ago when it was labeled a failing district by former State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

Source: Berkshire mont

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