Four months ago I asked if it is possible for a district Superintendent to join a charter school board. Not only is the answer yes, but Colonial Superintendent Dusty Blakey was nominated for the board of Las Americas ASPIRAS and accepted the nomination back in March. This is something new in Delaware, to the best of my knowledge. Former Superintendents have joined charter boards, but never an acting Superintendent.
Technically, Blakey is already on a school board. All Delaware Superintendents serve as the Secretary of their district Board of Education. I can’t help but feel this could be a potential conflict of interest. But I would hope Blakey wouldn’t put himself in a position where anything could be misconstrued as a conflict of interest. This is one board membership I will be keeping a close eye on in years to come. Especially when the audio recordings start coming out in August or September.
There is no trace of Blakey informing the Colonial board of this decision. I would think this would be something they should know about. But there was no reflection of this in their March or April board minutes. Colonial is widely rumored to be facing a referendum in the next year or two and I would encourage Blakey to be very transparent about his extra-curricular board activities.
In the meantime, you can catch Blakey as a guest bartender…