Dusty Blakey

Dusty Blakey, Colonial Superintendent

The Colonial School District will be looking for a new superintendent.

Dr. Dusty Blakey announced at Tuesday's School Board meeting that he was retiring from his position to become Superintendent of the Kennett Consolidated School District in Pennsylvania.

Blakey called his pending departure "bittersweet."

"Being a part of an organization that is not afraid to think forward and try new things for the benefit of our students will be tough to leave. The Colonial School District is on the cutting edge of systematic change in education, not only in Delaware but nationally as well. It makes me proud to say I was a part of this effort and of the great progress made by our district regarding 21st century education," Blakey said.

He has been in the Colonial School District for 19 years, spending the last five-and-a-half years as superintendent.

The Colonial School Board has named Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Menzer as the interim superintendent.

Blakey will remain on the job through January 2020.