Dr. Tracy Ocasio was hired in May to be the district’s deputy director of curriculum and instruction, which comes with a $140,000 annual salary. Superintendent William Hite credited Ocasio for playing a significant role in the district’s transition to digital learning during the pandemic.
But at the same time that she was working in Philadelphia, she was reportedly also acting as the chief academic officer for the Columbus City Schools in Ohio — with a $152,000 salary.
After an inquiry from KYW Newsradio, Philadelphia School District spokesperson Monica Lewis issued a statement Wednesday, saying, “Dr. Tracy Ocasio’s last day with the School District of Philadelphia was Tuesday, August 18.”
Hite wouldn’t specifically comment on Ocasio’s case, but he told reporters that at the leadership level of a school district, it’s impossible to hold down two full-time jobs.
“An individual who’s working at that level in this organization cannot be holding another job in another organization at that level,” he added.
Columbus City Schools Chief Communications Officer Scott Wortman said in a statement, “Tracy Ocasio is currently on administrative paid leave pending further review of the situation.”
Hite said he has confidence in the district’s vetting process, but he can’t say specifically what happened in Ocasio’s case.
Just last week, Ocasio joined Hite on a Facebook Live event, describing to parents plans for limiting young students’ screen time during their digital classes.
Ocasio has not responded to KYW Newsradio’s request for comment.