Board hires Lloyd for top district post
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-
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