School District 17
The colorful offices of District 17 in Crown Heights. Photo: Google Maps

On Monday, city officials announced two new superintendents for Prospect Heights’ District 13 and District 16, which includes a small section of Crown Heights, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, and Bed-Stuy, according to Patch.

Monday’s annoucement culminated a months-long hiring process that included both new candidates and existing superintendents, who had to reapply for their jobs. David Banks, Schools Chancellor, intends on expanding the position’s responsibilites for the upcoming school year.

“These leaders are ready to embrace the expanded role of superintendent,” Banks said. “With this team of leaders, our future is bright.”

In District 13, Robin Davson will replace Kamar Samuels, who will move to Upper West Side’s District 3 as superintendent. Davson was most recently an acting superintendent in Harlem’s District 5, where she also served as a deputy superintendent in the Manhattan district.

In District 16, Yolanda Martin will be replaced by Brendan Mims, a founding principal at M.S. 358 Magnet School for STEAM Exploration and Experiential Learning in Queens. Mims was selected as the National Principal of the Year for 2022 by the Magnet Schools of America, according to his LinkedIn page.

District 17, which covers the majority of Crown Heights, will keep its existing superintendent Shenean Lindsay, who took over at the beginning of 2021. Lindsay previously worked as a Brooklyn deputy superintendent, a leader of principals in the Bronx, and a principal in Brownsville.

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