Searching for Allentown School District superintendent’s replacement

Written by on April 7, 2021

Searching for Allentown School District superintendent’s replacement

By Chloe Nouvelle

April 7, 2021

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The help wanted sign is up again at the Allentown School District. The school board is searching for a new superintendent as its current leader, Thomas Parker, is set to leave the district next month.

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Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators,  says superintendent is a complex position. They are educational leaders, but they’re like CEOs too.

“Many times a school district is one of the largest employers in the community. They have very large budgets. They oversee a lot of personnel. And you have to have a very good skill set to be effective at running all the components of a school district,” DiRocco says. 

A former superintendent himself, DiRicco is helping Allentown search for Parker’s replacement.

“It has 22 different schools. It has over 16,000 students. It’s a large operation. And so you’re going to need someone to be able to step in there that has experience running a large operation or has a skill set that could scale up to that very quickly,” he says. 

 He believes superintendents should make their voices heard in Harrisburg and Washington, too.

“My guess is that whoever comes into the Allentown School District will want to follow Superintendent Parker’s efforts to continue to advocate both at the state level and at the federal level for public education,” DiRocco says.  

Allentown School Board President Nancy Wilt told WLVR the district is currently searching for an acting superintendent. 

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