At its April meeting, the Kennett Consolidated School Board approved an employment contract that will make Kennett High School principal, Dr. Michael Barber, assistant superintendent effective July 1 through June 30, 2020.
Dr. Barber will be leaving his current post as Kennett High School’s principal to assume his new role, which will initially place a core focus on managing Human Resources for the District. Nancy Tischer, the highly regarded director of human resources for the District, plans to retire at the end of the current school year. When Dr. Barber transitions to the central office, one of his duties will be to oversee human resources.
Dr. Barry Tomasetti, District superintendent, emphasizes that the assistant superintendent position is not a new one and that there is still one less administrative position than when he came to the District.
“Dr. Barber has earned the trust of all those who come in contact with him,” Dr. Tomasetti commented. “He is a student-focused educator who has the work ethic and communication skills that will serve him well in his new position. His work with our High School staff has resulted in our Kennett High School consistently being named to Newsweek magazine’s list of America’s best High Schools.”
The District will conduct a full search for Dr. Barber’s replacement and plans to name a new high school principal in early June.
After 37 years of service, Kennett Middle School principal, Dr. John Carr, has announced his retirement from public school education. Kennett Middle School assistant principal, Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis, has taken on the position of acting principal. The District will conduct a full search for Dr. Carr’s replacement and plans to announce a new middle school principal in early July.
“Dr. Carr has laid a successful foundation for our students’ academic success at the Kennett Middle School,” Dr. Tomasetti said. “Over the years he was able to effectively collaborate with our Middle School staff to create a student centered environment where our students’ learning was, and will still remain, the focus. Our Middle School has been recognized by the Department of Education as a “Highly Effective School” and nationally by the Schools to Watch organization.”
Dr. Carr will continue to affect the field of education as he will be working with West Chester University in their Teacher Education program.
The Kennett Consolidated School District has demonstrated excellence over the years due to a learning focused Board of Education and the many dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff that are dedicated to our students’ successes.