To my knowledge, this is a first. A New Castle County school district Superintendent has been nominated to join a charter school board. I know board members from a traditional school district are not able to join a charter school board, but I don’t believe there is anything in Delaware state code that would prevent a Superintendent from joining. With that being said, I believe this would be a HUGE conflict of interest for both the charter and the district.
So which Superintendent in one of the five school districts in New Castle County is under consideration? Here are a few hints. He is related to a former state representative. His district’s board had a tiff with WEIC over their students. Yes, Dusty Blakey, the Superintendent of Colonial School District is being considered to join the Aspira of Delaware Charter Operations, Inc. Board of Directors…
From their December 2015 board minutes:
ADCO Board Nomination
Dusty Blakey, Superintendent of Colonial School District
And the actual board minutes:
Updated 2:51pm: I looked in Colonial’s board minutes for December and I didn’t see any mention of this nomination for Blakey to the LAAA board. I did find a letter from their board president, Joseph Laws, with the following part of it concercing LAAA:
Speaking of visitors, another first for the district was requested group tours for students from Kuumba and Las Americas ASPIRA Academies. Charter schools are now recognizing that WPHS, with its 20 college degree programs and enrichment programs, is the next best step for their students!