Dr. David Ramage, formerly the coordinator of technology and staff development in the Souderton PA Area School District, has been hired by the Pottsgrove School District as its supervisor of secondary education and assessment. His annual salary will be $95,000.
The hiring was approved last Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2008) by the district Board of School Directors. Ramage’s effective starting date had not been determined last week, but he attended the meeting and was introduced to board members by district Superintendent Dr. Bradley Landis.
In addition to overseeing the high and middle schools, part of Ramage’s duties will be to help develop what Landis has described as “research-based assessment practices.”
Among the district’s stated goals for the current year is to improve teaching efforts, material and classes by measuring how well students learn. One of its yardsticks, Bradley said in a published September message, will be district-wide consistent testing in core subjects, a project that will take “several years to fully complete,” he wrote.
Ramage started in Souderton as a music teacher in 1987, according to information provided to board members. He was named Souderton’s staff development coach in 1998, and promoted to his most recent position in 2000. He holds state certification as a principal in kindergarten through 12th grade. Ramage completed his doctorate at Drexel University.
When it advertised the job opening in late summer at USREAP, a national education recruiting website, the district described its ideal candidate as one who would “supervise curriculum and instruction, professional development and assessment, and evaluate the quality of instruction delivered; (had) five years experience in public education at secondary level; (had a) masters degree with principal or supervisor of curriculum and instruction certification required and curriculum experience preferred; (and) excellent human relations and communication skills.”
Related (to the Pottsgrove School District Board of Education meeting Oct. 28, 2008):