Pottsgrove To Name Davies’ Successor Next Tuesday

In addition, the board has approved the concept of filling a curriculum and staff development coordinator position eliminated two years ago, Superintendent Shellie Feola confirmed.

POTTSTOWN PA – Dr. Barbara Burke-Stevenson, a former superintendent of the New Hope-Solebury School District in Bucks County who retired in 2007, is expected to be appointed Tuesday (March 12, 2013) by the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors as its interim director of education to succeed Dr. Todd Davies. Davies late last month announced he would resign from the Pottsgrove School District to take an assistant superintendent’s job in Exeter.

Dr. Barbara Burke-Stevenson

Dr. Barbara Burke-Stevenson

The anticipatory announcement of Burke-Stevenson’s arrival was issued Friday morning (March 8) by district Director of Technology and Communications Michael Wagman. Wagman’s press release reported directors were “set to approve” her appointment and temporary employment contract as part of next week’s board actions, and that she would begin work March 15 (Friday). The district, meanwhile, will conduct a search for Davies’ permanent replacement.

Burke-Stevenson will be paid at a rate of $600 per day, which Wagman said “is the average rate districts pay for interim director-level positions. Because she will not receive benefits, this amount equates to a $41 daily savings over what Davies was paid,” he added.

Under the title of director of education and assessment, Davies’ role in part was to manage district curriculum and instruction, professional development, and student assessment. Burke-Stevenson will become responsible for those duties, and also will manage the evaluation of teachers and their instruction, and train teachers to use specific student test data to improve their instruction, according to the press release. She will also coordinate district implementation of state and federally mandated and funded programs, it said.

Since retiring, Burke-Stevenson has held several interim positions as director, principal or superintendent at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and in local school districts, including the Phoenixville Area and Methacton. She received her doctorate and master’s degrees from Temple University.

In the release, Pottsgrove Superintendent Shellie Feola said “we are extremely happy to have Dr. Burke-Stevenson on board with us … She brings a wealth of experience and expertise, and can certainly help us not only stay on track but continue to grow and move forward.”

In a separate e-mail, Feola confirmed the board also has given its support to filling a curriculum and staff development coordinator position eliminated two years ago as part of budget cuts recommended by former Superintendent Dr. Bradley Landis. Wagman’s press release did not address the coordinator’s position, but Feola said it was a concept supported by directors “well before” Davies resigned.

“We found that there is a need to refill this position in order to best serve” Pottsgrove students, Feola said of the coordinator’s job. It has been added into the 2013-14 budget with a July 1 (2013) start date, she said.

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