Board hires Lloyd for top district post

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Laura Cata­lano For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

SOUTH COVEN­TRY » The Owen J. Roberts School Board voted 6-3 Mon­day to name North Coven­try El­e­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Su­san T. Lloyd as the district’s new su­per­in­ten­dent.

Lloyd will take the helm at the top ad­min­is­tra­tor on Jan. 1, 2018. The board ap­proved a 3½-year con­tract that will ex­pire June 30, 2021. Her salary for the 2017-18 school year will be $192,100, pro-

rated ac­cord­ingly.

The ap­proval of her ap­point­ment was met with ap­plause and a stand­ing ova­tion from about 50 North Coven­try El­e­men­tary School par­ents and teach­ers in at­ten­dance at the meet­ing.

The board was di­vided on the ap­point­ment, with board mem­bers Kristina Bar­cus, Dou­glas Hughes and Lisa Huz­zard op­pos­ing the hir­ing, and Wil­liam Kle­in­fel­ter, Melissa Booth, Heather McCreary, Jamie Frees, Pamela Wolfe and Clif­ford DeFoor ap­prov­ing.

Prior to the vote, Bar­cus ex­plained that “my vote means no dis­re­spect to Mrs. Lloyd.” She noted that the su­per­in­ten­dent search con­ducted by the Ch­ester County In­ter­me­di­ate Unit had brought forth sev­eral can­di­dates “that were act­ing su­per­in­ten­dents with a lot of years of cen­tral ad­min­is­tra­tion ex­pe­ri­ence as well as fa­mil­iar­ity with cer­tain pro­grams that we are cur­rently im­ple­ment­ing in this school district.”

Af­ter the vote, Lloyd thanked the board for their con­fi­dence in her.

“I am hon­ored and grate­ful to con­tinue my ser­vice to my com­mu­nity and to my alma mater,” said Lloyd who is a grad­u­ate of the

school district. “I will do my best to make you proud and to make our com­mu­nity happy.”

Lloyd said af­ter the meet­ing that she would con­tinue as prin­ci­pal at North Coven­try through Jan. 1, and that a search would be­gin for an in­terim prin­ci­pal to take her place.

Lloyd re­places for­mer su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Chris­tian who an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion on June 19 to take the top post at Colo­nial School District in Ply­mouth, al­though his con­tract was not set to ex­pire un­til 2021. While the school board was caught un­aware by his de­ci­sion to re­sign, board mem­bers had vowed to find a re­place­ment by the

end of the year.

Since Chris­tian left in Au­gust, in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent An­thony V. Costello has led the district. Lloyd said she will work with Costello dur­ing the tran­si­tion.

Lloyd has served as the K-6 prin­ci­pal at North Coven­try El­e­men­tary since join­ing the district in 2011. She was se­lected for the su­per­in­ten­dent post fol­low­ing a six month search dur­ing which the com­mit­tee re­ceived 31 ap­pli­ca­tions from ed­u­ca­tors through­out Penn­syl­va­nian, sur­round­ing states and be­yond.

From the pool of ap­pli­cants, 12 can­di­dates were se­lected to be in­ter­viewed

and six were called back for sec­ond in­ter­views. From those six can­di­dates, the board se­lected three fi­nal­ists for a third and fi­nal in­ter­view, and con­ducted back­ground checks be­fore se­lect­ing the fi­nal­ist.

A to­tal of 17 fo­cus groups were con­ducted with district staff, teach­ers, par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers. The school board used the themes that emerged in those groups in se­lect­ing a can­di­date.

Dur­ing her 15 year ca­reer as an ad­min­is­tra­tor, Lloyd has led school im­prove­ment ini­tia­tives in three Penn­syl­va­nia dis­tricts at the el­e­men­tary and mid­dle school lev­els. In 2013 and 2016, her school re­ceived the Ti­tle I

fed­eral des­ig­na­tion of “re­ward” for high progress re­sult­ing in the school be­ing des­ig­nated as a dis­tin­guished Ti­tle I school in Penn­syl­va­nia. Her work to in­crease par­ent in­volve­ment has been rec­og­nized by PSBA.

Lloyd earned her doc­tor­ate and master’s de­grees from Im­mac­u­lata Univer­sity in Ed­u­ca­tional Lead­er­ship and her bach­e­lor’s de­gree from West Ch­ester Univer­sity in El­e­men­tary Ed­u­ca­tion.

Af­ter the meet­ing, sev­eral board mem­bers voiced strong sup­port for Lloyd.

“She’s lo­cal, she’s got the red and white blood in her, and I feel con­fi­dent of her skill lev­els,” said Frees.

Su­san T. Lloyd

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