Principal named at high school Dunkleberger appointed to head North Carroll High

'He's the ideal person'

June 24, 1998|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

Gary E. Dunkleberger, who has played a key role in shaping the curriculum in county schools during his 18 years in the system, has been named acting principal at North Carroll High School.

Dunkleberger, assistant superintendent for instruction since 1994, began work in his new position Monday.

The appointment is one of the first for William H. Hyde, a Dunkleberger colleague who was selected by the school board this month as the superintendent of county schools.

Dunkleberger will serve as acting principal until Tuesday -- the end of the fiscal year -- at which time Hyde will recommend to the school board that Dunkleberger be made principal, Hyde said.

"With Gary's knowledge of curriculum and instruction, we agreed that North Carroll High School would be an ideal place for him to go to help us get ready for the arrival of the high school assessment program," said Hyde, referring to the exams that will become a state graduation requirement with the Class of 2004.

"He's the ideal person to make the link between the essential curriculum and how we can use the strength of what's already in place to help prepare our students for the evaluations," Hyde said.

The new superintendent said he has asked Ed Davis, director of pupil services, to serve as acting assistant superintendent of instruction until a replacement is named.

He plans to advertise the posi- tion, but has not determined whether he will extend his search outside the system, Hyde said.

Dunkleberger, whose two children are 1995 and 1997 graduates of North Carroll High School, said he is looking forward to his new post at the 1,098-student school in Hampstead.

"I know first-hand the quality and the strength of the staff," he said. "North Carroll is a school that has always had my respect. And in my opinion, the teaching staff has to be among the best in the state."

As assistant superintendent for instruction, Dunkleberger oversaw instructional departments and the directors of elementary and secondary education, pupil services and curriculum and staff development.

Dunkleberger said he is ready to make the transition from one of the top three administrative positions in the school system to the primary leadership role at North Carroll High.

"The new superintendent was reorganizing and I asked to be considered," Dunkleberger said. "This seems like the right thing at the right time."

Dunkleberger replaces Kent Kreamer, who announced in April that he was stepping down after 3 1/2 years as principal at North Carroll High.

Kreamer, who said the demands of the principal's job didn't leave him enough time to finish his doctoral dissertation, will become an assistant principal at Westminster High School in August, Hyde said. School officials had sought to find a replacement for Kreamer earlier, but their search failed to attract enough qualified candidates and they readvertised the position.

Departing Superintendent Brian L. Lockard had directed school personnel to expand the search this month because he felt the seven responses to the first advertisement didn't provide a broad enough pool of applicants. The second search drew 16 applicants, said William Rooney, director of personnel for county schools.

The job qualifications include a master's degree, at least three years of "outstanding" teaching experience at the secondary school level and "outstanding" interpersonal communications skills.

Dunkleberger came to Carroll County schools in 1980 as supervisor of science. He became director of curriculum and staff development in 1987, a position that often put him on the front lines in educating the community and staff about a philosophy called outcomes-based education. The approach, which has been adopted by Carroll schools, involves setting goals for what students should know by the end of a unit or course, or by graduation.

Dunkleberger also was instrumental in developing an "essential curriculum" -- a core list of what each course or grade level will teach.

Before joining the county school system, Dunkleberger taught science in Delaware and was an assistant principal in Cecil County.

Dunkleberger received a bachelor of science degree in 1969 from Lock Haven State College, now a university, in Pennsylvania. He earned a master of education degree from the University of Delaware in 1973 and a doctor of education degree from the University of Maryland in 1978.

Pub Date: 6/24/98

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