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.


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.

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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