While the Delaware Department of Education has not formally announced Chuck Longfellow as their new Associate Secretary of Operations, it looks like his former home, the Appoquinimink School District, let the cat out of the bag on their website. No start date has been announced yet and Longfellow still appears on the Appo website as their Finance Director.
Longfellow will take on the role of Operations at the Delaware DOE. This covers Finance, Technology, Charter Schools, School Transportation, and Capital Projects. Based on the DOE’s organization chart, it looks like Longfellow will report to the Deputy Secretary of Education, Christine Alois. Her first day with the DOE is on Monday. Both are replacing former Deputy Secretary of Education Karen Field Rogers who retired as of June 30th this year.
One of the key areas he will supervise will be Charter Schools. As of this writing, no replacement for the head of the Charter School Office has been named. Denise Stouffer, the former head, resigned from the Delaware DOE as of June 30th to become the Head of School at Providence Creek Academy.
No replacement has been named for the Executive Director of the State Board of Education as of this writing. Former ED Donna Johnson left in May.
Another former Delaware DOE staffer, Angeline Rivello, who left the DOE last Winter, took over Eric Anderson’s place at the Charter School of Wilmington as Vice President. She was an Assistant Secretary at the DOE in the Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Unit. Anderson is now the Head of School at Sussex Academy.
Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting promised there would be changes at the Delaware Department of Education when she took over in January of 2017. All the Race To The Top folks are long gone. Faces from the RTTT and ESSA implementation eras are gone as well, including Field Rogers and former Deputy Secretary David Blowman.