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Pottsgrove Interim Admin Gets New Role, Contract

POTTSTOWN PA – What began in March 2013 as an “interim” administrative position for Dr. Barbara Burke-Stevenson in the Pottsgrove School District appears to have become a series of them.

Dr. Barbara Burke-Stevenson

Dr. Barbara Burke-Stevenson

School board members earlier this month (June 17, 2014; Tuesday) approved a request from district Superintendent Shellie Feola to retain Burke-Stevenson, under a contract costing $600 per day, as Pottsgrove’s director of pupil services. She assumes the duties of Ann Myers, the former director, who retired also this month.

There was no board comment or discussion about the appointment. The daily cost of Burke-Stevenson’s employment remains unchanged from the day she first arrived in Pottsgrove, 15 months ago.

What have changed are her roles on Feola’s administrative team.

She was initially appointed March 12, 2013, as interim (three-month) director of education to succeed Dr. Todd Davies, who took an assistant superintendent’s job in Exeter PA. The contract actually lasted 107 days, from March 15 through June 30. Then it was officially extended beginning July 1, 2013, in a separate board vote.

Burke-Stevenson held the interim administrator job for nine more months until this April (2014), when at Feola’s recommendation the board hired Daniel Vorhis as district director of education and assessment, Davies’ full-time successor. Burke-Stevenson and Vorhis made a joint presentation on Pottsgrove’s continuous improvement plan progress during the board’s June 17 meeting.

Effective July 1 (2014) she will pick up where Myers and Supervisor of Special Education Michelle Macluckie leave off. Macluckie officially tendered her resignation June 3, to take effect no later than Aug. 3.

Burke-Stevenson’s new contract, according to the board agenda, is subject to approval by the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System. She formerly was superintendent of the New Hope-Solebury School District in Bucks County, retiring from there in 2007.

She has since been active elsewhere. Before Pottsgrove, Burke-Stevenson 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.

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ June 17 meeting):

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