New schools CEO calls opportunity 'phenomenal'

June 16, 2011 12:58:58 PM PDT
Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's pick the head Chicago Public Schools, Jean-Claude Brizard, sat down with a Rochester, New York television station recently to address the controversy surrounding his departure.

"The opportunity is phenomenal. To go to the third largest school district in the country, to work with Rahm Emanuel, to work with the kinds of people that we've heard and read about is also a tremendous opportunity," Brizard said. "I know some of my board members were angry, perhaps at not being told ahead of time. The fact is, I did engage some of the board members, especially the leadership, about a possible transition. I could not be specific because I could not talk about where I was going, what was happening."

"What's interesting to me, one of the board members who called for my termination was one of the ones screaming the loudest about my departure. I found that to be really fascinating," said Brizard.

The new CPS CEO starts his new job in Chicago May 16.

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