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Pottsgrove Board Poised To Name Director Of Education

POTTSTOWN PA – Daniel Vorhis, who currently works as director of professional learning and curriculum alignment for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit in Doylestown PA, is poised to become the Pottsgrove School District’s new K-12 director of education and assessment if approved Tuesday (April 8, 2014) during the Board of School Directors’ meeting.

Pottsgrove Board Poised To Name Director Of Education

Daniel Vorhis

The district confidently announced Vorhis’ selection Friday (April 4) in a press release distributed to local media, so it is assumed the board has already offered its tacit agreement to his hiring. He will earn an annual starting salary of $125,000, according to the release, and is scheduled to start work by June 8, or earlier if permitted by his current employer.

Vorhis hiring also sets the stage for the departure of Dr. Barbara Burke-Stevenson, who has served as Pottsgrove’s interim director of education since her hiring on a per diem basis in mid-March 2013.

  • The board’s meeting is free and open to the public, and is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in Ringing Rocks Elementary School, 1401 Kauffman Rd. A meeting agenda is available for download from the district website, here.

Burke-Stevenson, who is retired, is a former superintendent of the New Hope-Solebury School District, also in Bucks County. She was being paid by Pottsgrove at a rate of $600 daily, and succeeded former director Dr. Todd Davies, who accepted an assistant superintendent’s job in Exeter PA.

Burke-Stevenson appeared before school board members March 11 to present her department’s preliminary budget for the 2014-2015 academic year. It reflected no increase in expenses over last year’s spending plan of $404,605 for guidance and assessment, instruction, curriculum and staff development. It did not address, however, any proposed new teacher or other staffing hires that might be introduced by the administration.

Vorhis, a resident of Center Valley PA, earlier (2007-2011) was the intermediate unit’s director of professional education. Before that, he worked in the Quakertown Community School District as its supervisor of staff development and student intervention programs. He also was an instructional support specialist in Quakertown, and taught elementary school in both Quakertown and the Allentown school district.

His “experience and proven track record in supporting many high-performing districts with their professional development and curriculum alignment needs have prepared him to take this next big step” in Pottsgrove, Superintendent Shellie Feola said in the release. “We believe he will provide outstanding leadership, as we continue to enhance and refine … curriculum and instructional strategies,” she added.

Vorhis earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Kutztown University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wilkes University.

“I look forward to joining the strong team already in place within Pottsgrove,” he was quoted in the release. “As I have become more familiar with the district, I am continually impressed with the strong focus on student achievement and community engagement. In the coming months, I am eager to converse with faculty, parents, and board members.”

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ April 8 meeting):

Photo from the Pottsgrove School District

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