Cape sets superintendent search meetings

by Michael Short on October 15, 2010

By Michael Short

The Cape Henlopen School District has set a series of three meetings in November to decide what to look for in a new superintendent.

The three community meetings will be held in cooperation with the University of Delaware and are designed to help develop a leadership profile for a new Cape Henlopen Superintendent.

Dr. David Robinson is the interim superintendent, but has said he is not interested in becoming a permanent superintendent. The meetings are set for November 1, November 8 and November 15.

“We need everybody in the community to attend,” said School Board Member Dr. Roni Posner at the Oct. 14 school board meeting.

Posner said the three meetings are the first major step toward finding a new superintendent. “It is critical that we spread the word (about the community meetings).”

The public will consider issues like what characteristics the superintendent should have, what the district’s priorities should be and what the biggest challenges faced by the district are.

All three meetings are set for 7 p.m. The Nov. 1 meeting is at Milton Elementary School while the Nov. 8 meeting is  at Rehoboth Elementary School and the Nov. 15 meeting is at Cape Henlopen High School.

“The information gleaned from these meetings will help steer our search for the best candidate that can meet the educational needs of our community and set the direction for our District over the next several years,” according to a flyer announcing the three meetings.

School District officials also announced that they will hold a cornerstone ceremony and dedication for the new Cape Henlopen High School at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.  “This memorable occasion will include a look at the past, a window of the present and a vision of the future,” according to an announcement of the celebration.

In other news on Thursday night, Board Member Andy Lewis repeated his concerns that new testing standards will make Delaware school districts look bad. Standards are being raised and changed, which educators fear will lead to dramatic headlines about how many Delaware schools are failing.

Even if school test scores remain unchanged, many more  are expected to fail standards next year because of the changes. Lewis said schools are going to fail, despite “working harder and smarter and having schools improve. But it’s going to look like we’re not (improving).”

Lewis called the situation “a perfect storm.”

Posner said it’s important that the school district engage the community and make families and communities aware of the changes.

In other news, Milton Elementary School was honored by Nemours for improving the health of students. “It’s a great start that makes us very proud,” said Board Member Dr. Sara Wilkinson. Nemours gives awards to schools which are helping to improve the quality of life for students and Milton Elementary was honored for nutrition and for physical activity.

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