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Garth Harries ’95

Running for an unprecedented ninth term, New Haven mayor John DeStefano Jr. has for months been promising radical improvements in the city’s troubled school system. Now the Board of Education has hired a man to put some flesh on the mayor’s skeletal reform plans: Garth Harries ’95, who for six years oversaw the founding of new schools and the closing of failing ones in New York City. He’ll start next month in New Haven in the newly created position of “assistant superintendent for portfolio and performance management.” New Haven’s 20,000-student school system struggles with the gamut of achievement, management, and behavior problems that typically afflict urban districts. But Harries, a former McKinsey consultant, told the Board of Ed that he looks forward to “a great foundation” and “a leadership that’s setting ambitious goals.” And, he said, he intends to stay in New Haven and “live a career here.”

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