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Introduction Message from Interim Superintendent Murphy

Posted by Office of Communications and Marketing on 5/23/2024

Dear CPS Families, Students, Staff and Community Members,

I am honored to step into the role of Interim Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools. My passion for CPS is rooted in the belief that every student deserves access to an education that prepares them for future success. I am dedicated to collaborating with our staff, families, vendors, unions, and the entire board to advance our mission of providing high-quality learning and equitable opportunities for all students.

With over 34 years of experience in education and leadership within CPS, I have served as a substitute teacher, English teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and Chief of Academic Achievement and Community Engagement. My experiences span elementary, high school, neighborhood, magnet and central office roles.

The CPS Board of Education has also named Dr. Alesia Smith as Interim Deputy Superintendent. Dr. Smith brings over 30 years of experience and has demonstrated exceptional leadership in instructional strategy and school growth. I am excited to partner with her to positively advance our district.

As Interim Superintendent, I am focused on aligning our initiatives with the board’s goals to ensure every student receives the support and resources they need to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. Our immediate priorities include balancing our budget in light of reduced federal COVID relief funds, enrolling students, filling vacancies, and preparing for a smooth school opening on August 14, 2024.

To support families with registration, our Customer Care team will provide daily enrollment assistance at the CPS Ed Center. We will also participate in community events such as the Pride Parade and Juneteenth celebrations, and host neighborhood Pop-up Enrollment events and our annual CPS Back-to-School Fest on August 3 at Washington Park.

I am committed to fostering a positive culture of transparent communication, inclusive decision-making and valuing every voice in our community. Your feedback is crucial, and I am eager to hear your insights and aspirations for our district.

Together, we have an incredible opportunity to positively impact the lives of our students and the future of our community. I look forward to our collaboration and the exciting journey ahead.

Warm regards,

Shauna Murphy
Interim Superintendent
Cincinnati Public Schools