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Colonial School District Superintendent to leave for Kennett

Colonial School District Superintendent Dusty Blakey announced this week he plans to depart — and become superintendent of the Kennett Consolidated School District in Pennsylvania. 

Blakey has served as Colonial’s superintendent for five years, and worked in the district for almost twenty. He started out as an assistant principal at William Penn High School. 

He said in a statement that Colonial is “tough to leave.” He described the district as on the “cutting edge of systematic change in education” in Delaware and nationally. 

The New Castle-based district enrolls close to 10,000 students. State data shows student proficiency in math and english language arts in the district is lower than state averages.

Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Menzer will serve as interim superintendent. Blakey will continue in his current position through January.


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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