LORAIN — The central office staff at the Lorain school district has added another member to its team.
Kenan Bishop began work this week as the district’s chief equity and achievement officer, a new position designed to help close the achievement gap in the district’s marginalized populations.
CEO David Hardy said he’s excited for Bishop, a leader who “understands the importance of educational equity and achievement.”
“When I entered this district a year ago, there was no one focused solely on curriculum and instruction, let alone equity,” Hardy said. “We desperately needed someone who has gotten results for kids and cares deeply about instructional practices. When I introduced the possibility of this position last winter, it was important to find the right person and the hiring of Mr. Bishop exemplifies who we needed to lead this work.”
District treasurer and chief strategy and innovation officer Josh Hill said Bishop will receive an annual salary of $113,000.
Bishop is the executive director of Akron and Canton Preparatory Schools through I Can Schools, a nonprofit charter school network based in Cleveland.
According to a news release from the Lorain school district, during Bishop’s tenure the Canton College Preparatory School became the highest performer in the county with 92 percent of third-grade students becoming proficient in reading and math.
“As a son of a single mother who made education a priority, Bishop’s focus has enabled him to provide guidance to school leaders in the areas of culture and achievement, mental toughness and the expertise to succeed,” the release said. “Bishop’s greatest joy is seeing the schools thrive under humble, hungry and smart leaders who have the tools to lead their campuses.”
Bishop has a master’s degree from Kent State University in curriculum and instruction and a bachelor’s degree from Kent State in Pan African Studies and Professional Arts.
Hardy has said the search for the chief equity and achievement officer helped the district find Daniel Garvey, a Fairview Park-native who is the director of two schools in the Dominican Republic. Garvey was announced last week as the new building leader for Lorain High School.