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McGloin Named New UPSD Superintendent
Written by By Kelly Chandler Staff Writer

                The current assistant superintendent of Penn Delco School District, Dr. Alexis McGloin, has been named the new superintendent at Upper Perkiomen.  

                District administrators announced Tuesday that a conceptual agreement had been reached with McGloin following a meeting with school officials last weekend.  Contract details will be ironed out over the next two weeks, and a vote to officially select McGloin will take place Nov. 13 at a school board meeting, officials said.

                She is scheduled to take over as superintendent on January 20, 2015.

                "I'm very excited for the school district," said Acting Superintendent Dr. Timothy Kirby, who also served as the superintendent search consultant.  "I think her selection is a big win for Upper Perk; especially its students.

                "The [school] board was seeking a candidate with confidence and of high character.  And I believe that's exactly what they found."

                Kirby, who said McGloin was acclaimed by her colleagues as one of the most outstanding assistant superintendents in the state, noted her accomplishments and experience made her stand out to the board.  Administrators said previously the other two candidates being considered for the position made the decision a difficult one.

                All three finalists for the position toured district schools last week, met with staff and focus groups, and appeared at a community forum Oct. 21 at Upper Perkiomen High School.

                 "Due to the high level of candidates, this was very hard decision but we feel Dr. McGloin is the right person for UPSD," said School Board President Bill Scott, who said the board would comment further on her appointment Nov. 13.           

McGloin, who is in her tenth year as assistant superintendent in Delaware County, began her career as a chemistry teacher and later served as an elementary school principal for Scranton and Penn Delco school districts. 

                She is viewed as an "authority on various PDE initiatives, staff development, instructional practice and technology implementation," according to information posted on Upper Perkiomen's website.  The website also states McGloin has successful experience in most areas of educational leadership including personnel, special education, capital projects and teacher and principal supervision.

                She earned her doctoral degree from Temple University and holds master's and bachelor's degrees from East Stroudsburg University. 

                McGloin said Tuesday night she is looking forward to delving into her new position and getting to know the school community, staff and students.

                 "I am honored to be chosen as the new superintendent in the Upper Perkiomen School District.  It is a wonderful opportunity to be afforded, as my interests include student achievement and continuing to move the district forward in a positive manner," she said.  

                She stressed communication among administration and staff and administration and the community will be a focus for her in her new role as "solid communication is necessary for transparency and success."  

                But one thing is paramount for her; the education of each and every student in the district.

                "I am student-centered and their well-being is the focus for my decision making," she said.






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