Superintendent moving on for another position in November

After nine years as the head of Delaware’s largest school district, Red Clay Superintendent Mervin “Merv” Daugherty is stepping down this fall for a position in another state. 

On Thursday, Aug. 16, the Red Clay Consolidated School District sent out a press release announcing Daugherty’s retirement as of Nov. 1, 2018.

The Red Clay Board of Education is expected to meet in executive session on Aug. 28 to discuss naming an interim superintendent, and to select a firm to help guide the district through the replacement process.

School board president Catherine Thompson thanked Daugherty for his service and for all he’s done for Red Clay. 

“Dr. Daugherty has worked hard to make Red Clay the preeminent district in the state,” Thompson said. “The board recognizes the importance of moving swiftly to determine the path forward for obtaining a successor superintendent who will continue Red Clay's innovation and success as a district.”

In a statement to the board and the community, Daugherty said he was thankful for the opportunity to serve as leader of the Red Clay district.

“I am extremely thankful for this opportunity and I am very grateful to the outstanding staff members and the school board members for their professionalism and dedication to serve students and families,” Daugherty said. “Through the next two months, I will continue to work hard for the students, parents and staff of the district. Each day will be extremely important for me to see the district continue to move forward and provide a smooth transition.”

Daugherty could not elaborate on the details of his new position until later in the month.

Daugherty previously served as Assistant Superintendent for Academics and as a director with Red Clay.  He has also served as principal at the middle and high school levels.

The Red Clay is the largest school district in Delaware, with 15,741 students in 2017-18, over two dozen schools, and an annual budget of roughly $200-plus million.

Daugherty earned his Doctorate in Leadership in Education from Wilmington University, his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Salisbury University, and his undergraduate degree in education from Frostburg State College.

During his career, he has served on state testing committees, advisory teams, coordinated interventions and awareness school programs, and helped to develop after school programs for students, according to a press release. He has also developed programs to help students develop problem solving techniques and leadership skills, the release states.

Daugherty has also worked with the Latin American Community Center and the Hilltop Lutheran Center to develop partnerships and programs to provide academic assistance for students. He has developed partnerships with Children and Families First, Christiana Care and the Nemours Foundation to offer additional resources for schools.