Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting will leave her post in December, capping a career of nearly five decades in public education in the First State.
Her successor has not been chose, Gov. John Carney said in a Wednesday press release announcing her departure.
Bunting became the secretary of education in 2017. She had spent the previous four decades in the Indian River School District, where she began in 1977 as a language arts teacher and later became superintendent from 2006-2017.
She has not announced her next steps but intends to remain involved in educator training and development, the press release said.
“Susan has spent a lifetime dedicated to public education in Delaware, and the people of our state have been lucky to have her at the helm,” Carney said in the release. “No one has made a bigger impact than Susan on preparing the next generation of Delaware educators and helping them grow into effective teacher-leaders. Most importantly, I want to thank Susan for her tireless dedication to Delaware’s students, especially those most in need. Her public service and dedication to the success of all Delaware children is unmatched.”
At the Department of Education, Bunting oversaw the creation and expansion of Opportunity Funding, Delaware’s first weighted student funding program. The program targets support for low-income and English learner students.
Over the past 19 months, she oversaw the Department’s efforts to vaccinate thousands of educators and child care providers, while helping districts and charter schools continue to educate children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before her confirmation in 2017, Dr. Bunting led Indian River School district, one of the state’s largest school districts, serving more than 11,000 students. She had taught in Maryland for several years, she joined Indian River in 1977.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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