Roosevelt names Dr. Deborah Wortham first locally elected school superintendent in 11 years

Dr. Deborah Wortham has become the first locally elected Roosevelt School District superintendent in 11 years. In a controversial move that made national headlines, the

Dr. Deborah Wortham has become the first locally elected Roosevelt School District Superintendent in 11 years.

Dr. Deborah Wortham has become the first locally elected Roosevelt School District Superintendent in 11 years. (6/5/13)

ROOSEVELT - Dr. Deborah Wortham has become the first locally elected Roosevelt School District superintendent in 11 years.

In a controversial move that made national headlines, the state took over the school district back in 2002 due to a high dropout rate, fiscal mismanagement, high teacher turnover and a failure to meet performance standards.

But on July 1, the local district will regain control from Albany for the first time in more than a decade. That same day, Wortham will step into her new position.

Wortham has worked in Baltimore and is currently a superintendent in Pennsylvania.

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