Leadership Changes Still Rolling; 2 Superintendents in 1 Night

December 14th, 2011

Category: News, Policy and Practice

In a continuing trend of superintendent turnover in Delaware, two school district superintendents announced last night their intent to resign their respective posts in June 2012.

Christina School District Superintendent, Dr. Marcia V. Lyles, announced at last night’s school board meeting that she will not be seeking renewal of her contract.  Also last night, Sharon Kanter, Superintendent of Milford School District, indicated she will leave her post at the end of the school year.

These latest leadership changes follow closely on the heels of the replacement for Dr. Russell Knorr in the Seaford School District.  Dr. Shawn Joseph, former director of school performance for the Montgomery County School in Maryland will assume the superintendent position in February 2012.

For 2011, these superintendent resignations bring the total to 9 out of 19 school districts that are experiencing turnover.  This does not take into account some expected movement in the Laurel School District, to select a permanent superintendent to fill the role being held by Acting Superintendent Dr. Dorothy Nave.

This almost 50% leadership change over 2011 and 2012 is happening as the state is in the first implementation year of Race to the Top, and it will be interesting to see how these transitions impact the process.

Continue to read our blog for the latest Delaware education updates.

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Madeleine Bayard




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