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Del. Education Secretary to Leave Administration

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DOVER, Del.– Delaware’s education secretary is leaving his post in the coming months, and a long-time superintendent could succeed him.

Secretary Mark Murphy announced Friday he is ending his tenure to pursue other opportunities. Gov. Jack Markell said he will nominate Dr. Steven Godowsky, a former superintendent of the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District, to replace Murphy.

According to the governor’s office, Markell will submit his nomination to the state senate for consideration during a special session on Oct. 28. Godowsky will serve as interim education secretary from the time Murphy officially steps down in the fall, until that date.

The governor points out that since Murphy’s tenure began in 2012, Delaware has seen record high graduation rates, increased college enrollment rates and better opportunities for students to successfully prepare for the workplace.

“The work to prepare all of our students for college, career, and life in today’s changing world is incredibly rewarding, but it’s also not easy,” Markell said. “Mark has addressed every challenge with a remarkable determination to support the hard work happening in our schools and find solutions that best serve our youth. We have made tremendous strides in the past few years, while laying the groundwork for more progress in our never-ending mission to ensure every Delaware child receives the best possible education. I am thankful for Mark’s service to our state.”

Officials said Murphy has also led the state in improving educator preparation programs to better ensure new teachers have the skills and experience to succeed from their first day on the job, and he has overseen the strengthening of the state’s charter school law to improve school accountability and support.

Markell’s pick for Murphy’s successor has been a leader of Delaware schools for decades, officials said. In 2003, Godowsky began his eight-year tenure as superintendent of the New Castle County Vo-Tech District. That followed two decades working in the district as an assistant principal at Delcastle Tech, principal at Hodgson Vo-Tech, and assistant superintendent. During his time as superintendent, he served a term as president of the Delaware Chief School Officers Association for the 2007-08 school year. He also spent time earlier in his career as a special education teacher in the Alfred I. DuPont School District.

“I am honored to accept this opportunity to support the outstanding work of our educators and continue the administration’s commitment to give our students the best opportunity to learn and achieve,” Godowsky said. “If I’m fortunate enough to be confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to successfully continuing the governor’s priorities, while building on the critically important relationships among school districts and charters, teacher groups, parents, legislators, and community leaders for the benefit of our students.”

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