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MNHS Principal Resigns, Accepts Position at DCIU

Marple Newtown School District has announced the resignation of Marple Newtown High School Principal Ray McFall and his new position as assistant executive director of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–Marple Newtown Superintendent of Schools Merle Horowitz recently announced the resignation of Marple Newtown High School Principal Ray McFall and his new position as assistant executive director of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU).

Effective Feb. 4, McFall will join the staff and administrators at the DCIU in Morton.

The following message was sent by Horowitz to students and parents and posted on the district website about McFall's resignation and new position:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We would like to share some very important information with you. High school principal, Dr. Ray McFall, has been named the new Assistant Executive Director of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, effective February 4. We wish Dr. McFall the best of luck in his new position.

We will have an Interim Principal to work with our dedicated team of Assistant Principals, Mr. John Beltrante, Mr. Dennis Reardon and Dr. Tina Sweeley, while we search for a permanent replacement.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Sincerely,

Dr. Merle Horowitz, Superintendent

The appointment of McFall was accepted at a DCIU board meeting on Jan. 2. McFall will fill the formerly vacant position as assistant executive director at DCIU. A salary of $150,000 for McFall's position was approved. 

According to DCIU's website, DCIU serves more than 80,000 school-aged students and more than 6,000 educators on a regional basis. Direct instruction is provided to more than 15,000 students enrolled in DCIU’s Special Programs, Career and Technical Education and specialized programs.

The Delaware County Intermediate Unit is one of Pennsylvania’s 29 regional educational agencies. Established in 1970 by the State Legislature, IUs were charged with providing services in seven areas. DCIU grew to meet Delaware County’s needs by providing services best offered on a regional basis such as special education, technical education, services to nonpublic schools and technology.

adam January 07, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Thank goodness. Now maybe the district can find a new leader to out the high school on the right course and can get back to raising the achievement of our children. Not making AYP is unacceptable in this district.
Walt January 07, 2013 at 02:40 PM
I agree with Adam. Let's use another test- why have the SAT's at MNHS fallen the past 5 years, and have gone up at the surrounding districts? Giving a pass to unacceptable outcomes is just that- giving a pass!
adam January 07, 2013 at 02:50 PM
I have been to all the meetings; how about you? Under this leadership the high school scores have declined drastically and the feedback I constantly hear from parents and high school students regarding the acdemic programs is quite negative. Our high school now ranks in the lower half of Delaware County. We are below all our neighboring townships: Wallingford, Haverford, Radnor, Lower Merion, and Rose Tree Media, The district needs to shake things up at the high school and find out why only 75% of 11th graders were proficient or advanced in reading and only 65% were proficent or advanced in math in 2012. I only hope the district and the board find a new leader who is committed to raising the bar for academics so our children have better opportnuities in the future.
Walt January 07, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Lower Merion Twp. has had the same percentage of private and parochial school transfers as MN after grade 8- around 40%. However, LM public high schools have rated consistently at the top in Pennsylvania over many years. I agree with you that the renovation will help, but there has to be something else going on that's not right.
adam January 07, 2013 at 02:57 PM
3boys- That's a bunch of excuses! The decline in scores is in no way related to studenrs "transfering out". I think you are greatly misinformed and I'm sorry that you belive Jim Lanzalotto's wild hunch about "transfers" being the problem that he threw out there at the Curriculum meeting back in Novemebr without any factual information. This is just an excuse, and until people accept that the academic program is not as strong as it once was we will never resolve the problem.
adam January 07, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Try stating your position regarding tthe issue instead of verbally insulting me! You sound like an idiot! I am very active in the PTO by the way.
adam January 07, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Who are you 3boyz? Identify yourself instead of hiding behind some stupid screen name. Wait... is this ....
adam January 07, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Stick to the topic. Why do you gave yk get so defensive and attack me personally. We s want what's best for our children and attacking someone for stating thief opinion is really uncalled for. No need to get personal. Thid comment section is for people to express their comments on the issues being discussed in the article, not to attack your neighbors for having an opinion that's different from yours. Think before you post 3boyz.
adam January 07, 2013 at 03:36 PM
3boyz you must be Dana Kaufman.
Ann Conca January 07, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Budget and Facilities meetings are tomorrow (Tuesday 1/8) night, at 6:30 and 7:30 pm, respectively. CIT (Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology) meeting is Thursday 1/10 at 7:30 pm. The community benefits from involved parents; please try to attend.
Robert Cella '65 January 07, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Teachers are greatly challenged to improve student performance. The students are different with respect to learning and motivation these days. Many students come to MN with social and emotional baggage which impedes their focus. Although this is not unlike other districts a better way of assessing student performance is a move on the right direction for MN.
Boot Road Resident January 07, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Bottom line is our scores are much lower and our cost per student is the just about the same as our adjecent townships. Why should I have to be embarrassed to say the school district I am in? Or listen to people say - you aren't going to send your daughter to Marple Newtown schools are you? My daughter will never attend school in Marple Newtown schools in its current state. I don't attend meetings and never plan to because I just see it as a waste of my time. Facts are facts and regardless of the bickering between people on this comment board - our district is middle to bottom of the pack in the Philadelphia area (per Philly.com, Philadelphia Magazine etc.)
Robert Cella '65 January 07, 2013 at 07:10 PM
The schools are only as good as the community and this community with the exception of a few is asleep. Demand something better and you'll get it. It takes strong involvement with big numbers of people at meetings etc.
Robert Cella '65 January 07, 2013 at 07:16 PM
The high school was falling down even after previous boards spent millions on renovations. Now we have a proud showplace which sets the stage for academic improvement. If you attended the open house as I did you have to ask why anyone would spend the extra bucks for a private school when MN is now a state of the art facility. I think it has to do with prestige and that's all
Robert Cella '65 January 07, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Academic improvement means offering a wider array of curriculum options that meet the needs of our changing student body here. Not every kid is bound for college any longer and many who go are not always suited.
Boot Road Resident January 07, 2013 at 07:57 PM
3boyz - I appreciate your dedication and commitment to the school district but the facts don't back you up - in Philadelphia Magazine - MN was ranked 50th (right in the middle) and spending per student was comparable to districts with much better outcomes. Philly.com published the SAT scores for 2012 for the state and in Delaware County, MN was ranked 7th out of 15 (pretty much in the middle) behind Haverford, Radnor, Springfield, Garnet Valley, Wallingford-Swarthmore, and Rose-Tree Media. Those outcomes for the amount we pay per student are not acceptable to me which is why I am sending my daughter elsewhere.
Boot Road Resident January 08, 2013 at 01:57 PM
3boyz - you can disagree all you want but I am referencing the standards schools are measured by not making up 'facts' and MN does not stack up. It has nothing to do with students leaving after 8th grade because every school district has the same issues. I would love to see our district improve but all I see is taxes going up (not last year but this year) and our district still performing in the middle of the pack and again that is not acceptable to me based on the amount we spend per student. Below are the links to the facts: http://media.philly.com/documents/2012SATScores_Pa.pdf http://www.phillymag.com/articles/top-100-public-schools-2012

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