Superintendent Hite on the hot seat over asbestos; Kenney gives him vote of confidence

School district Superintendent William Hite.
Photo credit Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The asbestos issue has been bringing a lot of heat to Philadelphia's schools' chief. But the mayor is standing behind him.

Some parents have called for Superintendent William Hite to take the fall over the closure of nine schools this year for asbestos concerns. 

But speaking after a school district ceremony this past week, Mayor Kenney said he approves of the job Hite has been doing.

"I think Dr. Hite's done a terrific job and I'm glad he's stayed around as long as he has," Kenney said.

The mayor said the city and school district are addressing asbestos removal as best they can with limited resources.

"We're getting our arms around it and we're getting it resolved. I mean, it's not an easy issue and you can't snap your fingers and make it go away," he added. 

And in the meantime, Kenney is giving Hite a vote of confidence.

"Oh, absolutely. I wish he would stay around longer, but we'll see what happens," the mayor added. 

Hite's contract runs through August 2022.