The countdown is on! In just over a month, the Kennett Consolidated School District (KCSD) will welcome 4,000+ students back to its schools for the start of the 2022-23 Academic Year.
When they arrive, Blue Demons will be greeted at their buildings by the following friendly faces. Some administrators are new and others are not. But one thing is certain– all have their sights set on student success.
Kennett High School (KHS)
At KHS, Dr. Lorenzo G. DeAngelis, Jr. will be Principal. DeAngelis has more than 20 years of experience across the District, most recently as Principal at Kennett Middle School.
“Returning to Kennett High School is truly an honor and I am so excited to work with this awesome staff once again. The majority of our KHS students have gone through our Middle School and I am also excited to see them again as older adolescents,” he said. “The students in our District are second to none. Not only do I love working in our District, but I also love living in our community. I am dedicated to continuing to help KHS shine. Here we go!”
Mrs. Chanel August-Ruffin and veterans Mr. Duane Kotz and Mr. Jeffery Thomas will serve as Assistant Principals this year.
Kennett Middle School (KMS)
Mr. Jake Moore will step into the KMS Principal position. “It has been fantastic to be an Assistant Principal on Dr. DeAngelis’ team for the last eight years. I’m proud of all that KMS has accomplished in our time together, but we will never stop getting better,” he reflected. “We’re still on a mission to make sure that there is no better place to send your students to school.”
He’ll be supported by Assistant Principals Ms. Kathryn King and Mrs. Erin Miller.
Mrs. Leah McComsey, Mrs. Rebecca Vietri and Ms. Elizabeth Weaver will lead Bancroft, Greenwood and New Garden Elementary Schools respectively.
“My previous experience as a Principal has shown me the importance of unifying behind a common mission, setting goals and using data to inform our instruction,” commented Vietri. She looks forward to collaborating with members of her team to do just that at Greenwood Elementary School.
Ms. April Reynolds will continue to guide the growth of our youngest children as the head of the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center.
Districtwide Support for Success
At the District-level, Dr. Heather Collins has been named Director of Teaching & Learning. Her team members include Supervisor of Elementary Education Dr. Jennifer Miller, Supervisor of Secondary Education Mrs. Judy Jester and Supervisor of English Language Development Mrs. Brenna Austin.
Dr. Tara Needam will oversee Pupil Services, an area including Counseling, Mental Health, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education. Mrs. Jo Stirling is Supervisor of Special Education.
“The Pupil Services team is critical to the success of all students,” shared Needam. “Through collaborative efforts with the Principals and other essential stakeholders, we can support the whole child and improve student performance.”
School is officially in session on August 29th.