Fo­cus groups made for Up­per Darby su­per­in­ten­dent search

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Kevin Tustin ktustin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

UPPERDARBY >> Com­mu­nity in­put is needed as the Up­per Darby School Dis­trict con­tin­ues its search for a new su­per­in­ten­dent.

Through the Delaware County In­ter­me­di­ate Unit five fo­cus group ses­sions have been sched­uled for var­i­ous times at a num­ber of dis­trict schools to see about the ideal qual­i­ties for a per­spec­tive dis­trict head. Each ses­sion is sched­uled for about 90 min­utes.

These are the times and lo­ca­tions for the ses­sions: Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. in the Drexel Hill Mid­dle School Au­di­to­rium; Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. in the Up­per Darby High School Li­brary; Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Stone­hurst El­e­men­tary School Li­brary; Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at West­brook Park El­e­men­tary; and Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. in the Bev­erly Hills Mid­dle School Au­di­to­rium.

Ap­prox­i­mately 50 peo­ple have signed up for the var­i­ous times as of Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to DCIU spokes­woman Adriene Irv­ing.

In­ter­ested stake­hold­ers can reg­is­ter for any one of the groups on the school dis­trict or DCIU web­sites at www.up­per­dar­bysd.org/ su­per­in­ten­dentsearch and www.dciu.org.

The fo­cus groups are the lat­est ef­fort to get feed­back from the com­mu­nity fol­low­ing a lead­er­ship sur­vey that ends on Oct. 12.

Dis­trict staff has been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in their own fo­cus groups that will take place be­tween Oct. 15 and Oct. 18.

Re­ceiv­ing in­put from all in­ter­ested par­ties is phase one in the search process, which is sched­uled to wrap up in Novem­ber with the devel­op­ment of a lead­er­ship pro­file that will be used as a guide for the se­lec­tion process (phase two).

Phase two will start in Novem­ber which in­cludes re­cruit­ment through Jan­uary, screen­ing and in­ter­views through March and mak­ing an ap­point­ment in April.

The dis­trict has been go­ing through the search process since June when Dan Nerelli an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion to ac­cept the su­per­in­ten­dent’s po­si­tion at the Chichester School Dis­trict. Dan McGarry has been serv­ing as act­ing su­per­in­ten­dent since Septem­ber when Nerelli of­fi­cially started at Chichester and is con­tracted to do so through at least the end of the cur­rent school year.

Up­per Darby con­tracted the DCIU as a search agency at no cost to the dis­trict save for ad­ver­tise­ment and re­cruit­ment costs.

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