Brooklyn administrator is top candidate to lead coveted Manhattan school district


One of Manhattan’s top school districts is set to name a Brooklyn administrator as its new superintendent, The Post has learned.

Kelly McGuire, a deputy superintendent in Brooklyn’s District 15, is the final candidate to take the helm of District 2, sources said.

Part of a string of notable Department of Education departures in recent months, former District 2 leader Donalda Chumney left for a position in Connecticut in November.

While it hosts some of the most coveted schools in the city, the Manhattan district saw its enrollment numbers drop markedly this year.

Roiled by COVID-19 upheaval and increasingly contentious debates over screened school admissions, some District 2 buildings saw drops of more than 100 families.

McGuire comes from equally prominent District 15 in Park Slope, which introduced its own diversity initiative in 2019.

The district scrapped all academic screens at all 11 of its middle schools and reserved spots for low-income kids through a lottery-based admissions system.

A veteran administrator, McGuire taught in the Oakland public school system before joining the DOE as an assistant principal in 2004, according to his LinkedIn page.

He has been with the agency ever since, working as a principal for 13 years before taking his current position in District 15.

The Department of Education declined to comment on McGuire’s candidacy because a final decision has not formally been made, a spokesperson said.

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