Indian River School District announces new administrators for 2018-2019


Indian River School District officials recently announced the district’s annual shakeup in administrator assignments.

Some people have left for other opportunities. The district also decided to fill four more positions this year: one assistant superintendent, one director and two assistant principals. (They are still saving money by leaving five administrative vacancies — one assistant superintendent, one director and three supervisors. That saves the IRSD $287,328 in local funds and saves the State $509,522.)

At the district office, Renee Jerns leaves Millsboro Middle School to become director of secondary instruction — a position that was left empty last year.

Audrey Carey will become the new supervisor of early learning as the IRSD implements tuition-based preschool and continues free schooling for at-risk youngsters. Her move leaves room for Kelly Dorman to become the new director of elementary education, as she leaves East Millsboro Elementary School.

Director of Instruction LouAnn Hudson took another job opportunity, and her responsibilities are being spread out to the previously mentioned administrators.

Jay Owens is the new assistant superintendent, previously having served as director of special services (a specific position that will not be filled).

Karen Clausen will be the new East Millsboro Elementary principal. She was previously the Phillip C. Showell Elementary principal.

Christy Kerr will be the new Phillip Showell principal, moving from a position as assistant principal at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

Kathleen Wilson will become the new SDSA assistant principal.

Barkley Heck and Travis Bower will essentially trade places, as she becomes assistant principal at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, and he becomes the new SDSA principal.

Amanda Wroten will remain an assistant principal, switching form Long Neck Elementary to the Howard T. Ennis School (where Michael Thompson remains as a second assistant principal).

Stephen Lovellette will become Long Neck’s assistant principal.

Jessica Jackson (formerly an assistant principal at Sussex Central High School) will become principal at Millsboro Middle School, as Jerns goes to the district office.

Aerin Donovan will become assistant principal at SCHS.

Chris Costello will remain an assistant principal, switching from Georgetown Elementary School to Millsboro Middle School (where Brad Breasure will remain as the second assistant principal).

Marisa Hockman will become Georgetown Elementary’s new assistant principal, stepping up from her previous position as an ELL teacher.

The school board began its new fiscal year by reelecting Charles Bireley as board president and Rodney Layfield as vice president.

Families can learn more about their new administrators by contacting their child’s school, or the Indian River Educational Complex at (302) 436-1000.

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter