Former Hardy principal Patrick Pope headed to Savoy ES
There was considerable skepticism from Hardy Middle School parents in December 2009 when former chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced that she was reassigning principal Patrick Pope . She explained that he was the ideal choice to begin planning a new arts middle school magnet. Critics saw it as a contrivance to ease the removal of the flinty veteran administrator, who did not reach out to Georgetown and Palisades neighborhood families as vigorously as Rhee wanted. Hardy draws a largely citywide enrollment.
Pope was assigned a cubicle at DCPS central offices last summer, reporting to Josh Edelman, deputy chief for school innovation. But it quickly became apparent that the city's budget predicament rendered the arts magnet a non-starter. Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson made that official Monday by assigning Pope to finish out the school year as an interim replacement for Savoy Elementary princpal Anne Evans, who is on medical leave. He starts at the Anacostia neighborhood school Tuesday.
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