Dolan Dusty Blakey

Dr. Donal (Dusty) Blakey, 55, will be hired as the next superintendent of the Kennett Consolidated School District on Sept. 16.

KENNETT SQUARE—Kennett Consolidated School District school directors are expected to hire a new superintendent Monday night.

Dr. Dolan Blakey, 55, who currently is superintendent of the Colonial School District in New Castle, Delaware, will retire to become Kennett’s new superintendent, effective Jan. 27, 2020. Bakey replaces Kennett Superintendent Barry Tomasetti, who was hired in 2010. He is expected to be offered a four-year contract.

“I’m looking forward to meeting everybody and getting things started,” said Blakey, who goes by the name Dusty. “I will be spending as much time as I can getting acclimated, talking to parents, staff and students.”

Blakey is currently the superintendent of Colonial School District in New Castle, Delaware. He was appointed to the post in June 2014. Previously, he served the Colonial School District as its director of schools, personnel director, high school principal and middle school principal. Prior to his work at Colonial, Blakey served as assistant principal at Caesar Rodney High School. Also, he taught social studies at New Castle Technical School in New Castle, Delaware, for eight years.

Blakey said working at Kennett will be a natural for him, because Colonial School District has a diverse student population.

“Colonial is very diverse as well,” Blakey said. It will be par for the course for me. The more diversity we have, the more real life it is. It is definitely a plus.”

And Blakey said he expects to take Kennett to greater academic heights.

“I plan to take all programs and academic success to a higher level,” he said. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about Kennett. My goal was to go to a high performing district that already has set high standards, and see if I can take it to an even higher level.”

Blakey said he will not be relocating to Chester County, but will commute, which is about a half-hour trip.

He said he will guide the district by listening to ideas and comments from parents, staff and even students.

Kennett school directors will vote to approve a contract with Blakey at a special board meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, Kennett Square. It is a public meeting.

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