Matthew E. Stanski, the former chief financial officer for the Prince George’s County school system, has landed in Philadelphia.
William R. Hite Jr., the county’s former school chief who left this summer to take the top job in Philadelphia, hired Stanski to deal with the Philadelphia school system’s troubled financial situation.
He started his new job as chief financial officer Monday.
Stanski left the county school system in September after the Board of Education discovered that an unauthorized payment was made to the former head of human resources after she resigned. The board also terminated Roger C. Thomas, the general counsel, after an internal investigation.
At the time, Briant Coleman, a spokesman for the county school system, said an allegation was made that procedures were not followed regarding severance packages for former members of the administration. The allegation led to a review by Interim Superintendent Alvin Crawley, which ultimately led to to the dismissals.
Coleman said Tuesday that Stanski and Thomas appealed their terminations and were allowed to resign. The Board of Education accepted their resignations effective Sept. 27, which was the day of their terminations.
“I am pleased that we have a financial executive of Matthew Stanski’s caliber here in Philadelphia,” Hite said in an e-mail statement about the hiring. “His expertise and management style will be tremendous assets to our team, and I am excited to work with him again.”
News of Stanski’s hiring was first reported in the Philadelphia Daily News last week.
Hite was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer saying he moved forward with hiring Stanski when he knew there “was nothing inappropriate on the part of Matt.”
The Inquirer reported that Stanski executed an agreement for Synthia Shilling that was negotiated by the the general counsel.
Stanski is the second person that Hite has hired in Philadelphia who worked with him in Prince George’s.
Stanski will join Karen Lynch, who ran the student services office in the county. Lynch is now chief of student services in Philadelphia.