Chester County’s Leadership Academy Prepares Future Superintendents

Suburban Schools Study Council's Aspiring Superintendent Leadership AcademyFrom left, Dr. Scott Hand, Dr. Jennifer Saksa, Dr. Leslee Hutchinson, Dr. Lawrence Cannon, Dr. Jessica Kilmetz, Dr. Jeremy Curtis, Dr. Andrea Farina, Dr. Che Regina, Dr. Nicole Addis, Mr. Cale Hilbolt, Dr. Leah Reider, Dr. Jonathan Propper, Dr. Amy Jenkins, Dr. George F. Fiore (Not pictured: Mr. Brad Bentman, Dr. Lawrence Cannon, Mr. Bill Dougherty, Dr. Damian Johnston, Dr. Adam Penning, Dr. Edward Smith, Dr. Joanna Wexler.) /Submitted Image

DOWNINGTOWN, PA — The Chester County Intermediate Unit‘s Suburban Schools Study Council (SSSC) announced the successful completion of its Aspiring Superintendent Leadership Academy. This program aims to prepare the next generation of educational leaders. It concluded with high praise from its 20 participants.

Building Future Leaders

Led by CCIU Executive Director Dr. George F. Fiore, the academy drew participants from various school districts in southeastern Pennsylvania. The program included four half-day sessions focusing on key areas: the nature of the superintendency, board relations, crisis management, and fiscal management. The academy aimed to equip aspiring superintendents with essential skills and knowledge for effective leadership.

Participants included assistant superintendents, directors, and principals from Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Berks Counties.

Insights from Experienced Educators

Each session featured panels of experienced school district superintendents who shared their insights and answered questions. Esteemed panelists included:

  • Dr. Ken Bachelor, Radnor Township School District
  • Dr. Susan Elliott, Upper Moreland School District
  • Dr. M. Christopher Marchese, Avon Grove School District
  • Dr. John Sanville, Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
  • Dr. Marc Bertrando, Garnet Valley School District
  • Dr. Tina Kane, Marple Newtown School District
  • Mr. Christian Temchatin, Kutztown Area School District
  • Dr. MaryJo Yannacone, School District of Springfield Township
  • Dr. Ryan Axe, Manheim Central School District
  • Dr. Daniel Goffredo, Great Valley School District
  • Dr. Maureen Reusche, School District of Haverford Township
  • Dr. Allyn Roche, Upper Perkiomen School District

During the board relations session, participants also heard from school board members, including:

  • Dr. Victoria Gehrt, President of Kennett Consolidated School District
  • Amy Goldman, President of Radnor Township School District and former sectional advisor of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA)
  • Jeff Hellrung, Policy Chair of Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and Vice President of the Chester County Intermediate Unit Board of Directors
  • Bonnie Wolff, President of Avon Grove School District and President of the Chester County Intermediate Unit Board of Directors
Implications for Education

The academy’s success reflects CCIU’s commitment to fostering strong, competent, and visionary educational leadership. By enhancing the skills and confidence of aspiring superintendents, the SSSC significantly contributes to the quality of education and student outcomes within southeastern Pennsylvania.

In an era where effective leadership is crucial for navigating educational challenges and opportunities, such initiatives play a vital role. Programs like this ensure that the future leaders of our schools are well-prepared to handle the complexities of educational administration, from managing crises to balancing budgets, and ultimately, improving the learning environment for students.

The Aspiring Superintendent Leadership Academy stands as a testament to the ongoing efforts to build a robust pipeline of capable educational leaders ready to drive positive change in their communities.

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