president Nancy Doorey, after a closed-door executive session on
Mar. 10, declared, "We have reached a decision."
said she would go no further until the seven members meet in
public to actually cast their votes. State law permits public
agencies to deal privately with personnel matters, but requires
take specific actions regarding them in public.
currently superintendent of the Lake County School District in
Fort Myers, Fla., is expected to be offered a starting salary of
approximately $125,000. He would officially take office on July
1, at the start of a new fiscal year.
is scheduled to meet on Mar. 12 in a public hearing-style
session to obtain reaction to recommendations by taskforces
which reviewed its financial affairs and developed a set of
proposed goals. Unless plans change, a vote on Harter is not
likely to take place then. As courtesy notifications occur,
however, it is likely that his appointment would become an 'open
secret' well before official action is taken.
not be immediately determined what the future status of interim
superintendent Victoria Gehrt will be. She is under contract
until August. She initially had sought a curriculum
directorship, but agreed to take the chief executive position
instead. At the time, it was stated that she came to Brandywine
under an arrangement by which she could return to her former
employer, the New Castle County Vocational-Technical School
District, when her services ended. She did not have the prior
experience that the Brandywine board established as a basic
requirement for a 'permanent' superintendent.
is allocated two assistant superintendents by the state. Both
positions are currently occupied, but Frank Castelli is eligible
for full retirement and has been on medical leave. Donald
Fantine is the other assistant superintendent.
last October when she was appointed interim superintendent,
Gehrt has been credited with leading a significant redirection
of the district. She has received virtually unanimous
approbation from teachers, parents and others. At their last
meeting school board members, in a lighthearted but obviously
sincere gesture, ceremoniously hoisted a congratulatory banner
thanking her and members of the administrative staff for their
dedication and the work they have done.
all feel she has done an excellent job of bringing educational
focus and integrity back to the district. Many principals
and teachers have commented that they now feel the board's 'new
majority' made the right decision when we went counter to
prevailing sentiment last September and hired her. She is
a tremendously gifted educator and leader, as well as a caring
and honorable person," Doorey said.
declined to comment until after the board formally acts on
candidacy evidently received the final stamp of approval during
a visit to Florida by a board delegation. Prior to that he
earned general approval during a public session with district
residents and private meetings with district staff, business
persons and politicians. A selected search committee unanimously
recommended him and another candidate -- who later withdrew from
consideration -- from among seven semi-finalists for the job. He
and the others initially were screened by a professional
personnel consultant specializing in the field of education.