The Christina School Board on Tuesday approved a contract for new superintendent Richard Gregg, who will officially assume his duties April 18.
Under the terms of the contract, Gregg will earn $180,000 per year, with yearly increases of 2.25 percent. He also receives a monthly $400 vehicle allowance and benefits. The contract runs through June 2018.
Gregg, who currently serves as the assistant superintendent of Penn-Delco School District, a 3,400-student district in Delaware County, Pa., was chosen from among three finalists for the superintendent position.
A University of Delaware graduate, he received a master’s degree in school leadership and instruction from Wilmington University. He began his career teaching social studies before moving into administration, where he served stints at Christiana High School, Brandywine High School and Concord High School.
Gregg is also a Christina alumnus. He attended McVey Elementary, Gauger-Cobbs Middle and graduated from Glasgow High School.
“I’m a product of this district and I’m proud to be a product of this district,” he told the board in January, adding that he was drawn to the job because, although he lives in Pennsylvania now, he is a Delawarean at heart. “I think we can do good things together.”
In order to improve the district’s struggling financial situation, Gregg wants to identify time-wasting programs and initiatives through classroom observations, teacher surveys and other means and then get rid of those programs.
“Our tax dollars should be concentrated on what is working, not what isn’t working,” he said.
He described himself as frugal, but realistic, and promised that as superintendent he will be fiscally responsible while doing what’s best for the students.
“We need to make sure that if we’re doing cuts, that we do it with a scalpel, and not wholesale programs that are devastating to students,” he said.
Gregg wants to improve Christina’s graduation rate, which is currently at 75 percent. He said he plans to work with the board to expand early education opportunities and believes more could be done to monitor benchmarks so that kids are on track to graduate even before they reach high school. He also wants to institute a formal curriculum review cycle.
He said the future of Christina is “vibrant and alive” and there are many things the district does great. Those programs, Gregg believes, should be expanded. He said Christina could be among the top 10 school districts in the state within the next three to five years, but it needs strong and consistent leadership to succeed.