Teachers at Kirk Middle School in the Christina School District were not happy last June. They were losing their beloved principal, Dr. Dan Shelton. In June, the Capital Board of Education picked Shelton as their newest superintendent after a more than four-month search. Shelton, who took the reigns from the retiring Dr. Michael Thomas, began the role in July. Not only was Thomas leaving, but so was Assistant Superintendent Sandra Spangler and Director of Human Resources David Vaughn.
Shelton and the Board quickly found replacements and set out for the tasks at hand. Christina’s loss was Capital’s gain. From all I have heard, Shelton is doing a fantastic job at Capital. I have heard nothing negative about him at all. In a recent article in the Dover Post, Shelton weighed in on the Every Student Succeeds Act. He explained to reporter David Paulk that he was concerned about the “lump” funding for grants but he was glad the federal government was “stepping back”. While this remains to be seen with the feds based on their recent threats about funding cuts with opt-outs, I am confident Capital will handle this appropriately.
Meanwhile, Shelton will oversee the ten schools under the Capital umbrella and will bring a fresh and innovate look to the district.