Andrzejewski served as superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District from 1997-2009
The Christina Board of Education voted on September 3 to extend an offer to serve as Acting Superintendent to Dr. Robert J. Andrzejewski.
Dr. Andrzejewski has served since 2009 as the president and chief executive officer of Innovative Educational Associates, and has worked with the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce to redesign its Superstars in Education Program. He served from 2010-2014 as the executive director of the Delaware Mentoring Council. His experience as a public school superintendent includes serving as superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District from 1997-2009. He also served in the Red Clay Consolidated School District as assistant superintendent for administrative services, as principal of Conrad Middle School and principal of Shortlidge Elementary School, and as an assistant principal at Dickinson High School and Conrad Middle School.
He holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership, a master’s degree in special education, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, all from the University of Delaware.
Odd as it may sound, Bob A may be a good choice! As much as some of us can question Red Clay’s past agenda that includes charter schools and magnet schools, those are the things parents wanted. HOWEVER, at what price did charters and magnet schools cost other district schools and what impact has had on minority students?
Bob A may have alienated some of his long time colleagues and perhaps screwed over a few! Bob A and I used to go eyeball to eyeball on issues in Red Clay. But I’ll give him credit for putting it on the table. When I was Chairperson of Red Clay’s Title 1 Parent Advisory Board Bob A did delivery on expanding some middle school Title 1 programs and under Bob A each school level Title 1 PAB was given $1,000 each to use to help promote parental involvement as parent saw fit. We had a Title 1 Parent Center, Title 1 information centers in each office that consisted of a rack full of Title 1 information and other help community information. We had “real” Title 1 Annual meetings and various Title 1 events at each of the Title 1 schools.
One thing that really pissed me off was when Bob A signed a $300,000.00 no bid contract with Teach for America. He claim sole source vendor which was full of shit because their was TNTP. Bob A to this day blames me for some personal trash talking by others on my blog. But little does he know, I deleted them and fast as I could and actual switched blog host sites to WordPress which has more controls.
So I said my peace, and I “Think” I can take comfort in trusting Bob A will focus on the needs Christina’s children and with many being Title 1 students I hope Bob a can deliver Title 1 back to parents by honoring the intent of Title 1 Section 1118. I personally feel, merging CSD city schools into Red Clay is a big mistake! HOWEVER, Bob A is the Acting Superintendent and doubt one is such a position can make radical changes. But CSD needs a leader at the helm until a decision can be made on a permanent super. BUT remember Freeman Williams current superintendent is out on “leave”. I think he would have to resign before the board can appoint a new super.
One thing many people don’t know about Bob A is his personal success beyond being a professional educator. This is not confidential information as Bob A shared it with many including a group of community leader at my house during a meeting. Bob grew up in Woodcrest near Conrad the next neighborhood over was Bestfeild where I grew up. Bob A was barely out of high school when he loss both his parents. He put himself and sister through college. The man can identify with personal struggles! And I am telling you, Bob and I could go head to head. However he included me on a few big things going on in Red Clay and openly asked for my opinion. Our phones rang both ways. So I owe him kudos for that.
One thing for-sure about Bob, he wasn’t loved by the unions.
So for the sake of Christina School District, I’ll give Bob pace to help the CSD district right itself and I hope the CSD school board does the same. I also, hope with Bob A’s departure from Red Clay for a few good years I hope he has done some soul searching as to who he is and what new tools he can bring to the table. But I honestly think it politically too late to stop the CSD city school merger with Red Clay. Bob A has a few good miles (years) left on him. However at best, I hope he can set a path to transitioning a new community-focused non-ultra-political individual to take the helm. We need to get Dover and Washington out of CSD and engage the community / parents to take ownership of their child’s school and their child’s education. Folks it all starts at home and God help those CSD children ending up in Red Clay’s hands. Red Clay lack the capacity to effectively serve their most neediest students in their own district, and adding CSD’s would break the camel’s back!
So Welcome back Bob A and always remember, sharks never sleep!
“We had 10 applicants and had several, in my opinion, worthy resumes,” said board member John Young, who voted not to approve him. “I thought we were going to narrow those ten or so to a shortlist. That’s a much more deliberative and transparent process.”
I agree John ,it sucks and you are correct. I hope the process of selecting a permanent super goes your way re: transparent process.