Delaware Public Media

Colonial School District Superintendent to leave for Kennett

Sep 11, 2019

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.