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New Castle, DE- Colonial Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey tonight announced at the Board of Education meeting that he will retire to become Superintendent of the Kennett Consolidated School District in Pennsylvania.  Blakey, who started his career in Colonial 19 years ago as an assistant  principal at William Penn High School, called his pending departure  bittersweet. “Being a part of an organization that is not afraid to think forward and try new things for the benefit of our students will be tough to leave. The Colonial School District is on the cutting edge  of systematic change in education, not only in Delaware but nationally as well. It makes me proud to say I was a part of this effort and of the great progress made by our district regarding 21st century education,” Blakey said.

Blakey, who has been the superintendent for 5 ½ years, considers his greatest accomplishment to be helping to develop the “Power of WE” mantra that emphasizes early education, leadership and learning, innovation, along with access and opportunity.

The Colonial Board of Education named Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Menzer as interim superintendent.

Blakey will remain on the job through January 2020