New CSD superintendent selected

ELKINS PARK – The Cheltenham School District has chosen its new principal.

Members of the Cheltenham School Board have appointed Brian W. Scriven to take on the district leadership position, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 1.

“The board loves what Dr Scriven brings to the district. A complete leader who we believe is a perfect fit for the district and the community, Dr Scriven has decided to “choose Cheltenham,” Board chair Pamela Henry said in a statement. “We are delighted to collaborate with him as we continue our journey towards excellence, achievement and equity for all students. “

The school board is expected to formally approve the choice at an educational affairs committee meeting on Tuesday, according to a district spokesperson.

Graduating from Cheltenham High School’s class in 1983, Scriven’s educational journey began almost 30 years ago at Baltimore County Public Schools in Gwynn Oak, Maryland.

“I have high expectations for all students and I will talk about positivity in their lives,” he said. “Unlocking potential, changing course and empowering students to want more of themselves is what motivated me and will continue to motivate me as an educator. As an administrator, this passion has transcended my leadership commitment to developing adult educators as leaders.

Scriven takes on the role following the departure of former commissioner Wagner Marseille. He announced his resignation in a letter to district staff and community members earlier this year. He served as a superintendent at the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District in Delaware County, according to a spokesperson for the Cheltenham School District.

“As I reflect on our trip, I am in awe of what we have accomplished to tell our story and let people know #thisischeltenham,” Marseille said in the April 9 letter. “I am proud of our collective accomplishments and excited about what the future holds for Cheltenham. “

The school board appointed Nancy Hacker as interim superintendent while education officials conducted a nationwide search for a permanent leader.

Connecting with community members and other education representatives is paramount for Scriven, according to a spokesperson for the school district.

“I want to get involved and understand the culture and climate of the neighborhood. I will review the quantitative and qualitative data and establish critical next steps based on the results, ”Scriven said in a statement. “By reviewing the district profile, I appreciated the successes and was able to understand the challenges identified. Transparency resonated with me.

Scriven earned a bachelor’s degree in business education and business management from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in supervision and leadership from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate in urban educational leadership from Morgan State University, according to a spokesperson. speech of the Cheltenham School District.

Scriven held various positions in school districts in Baltimore and Montgomery counties, Md., Before returning to the Pennsylvania area.

“What I expect the most are the students, their families and the community in general,” he said in a statement. “I have been away for a long time and am thrilled to have the opportunity to reconnect and engage with a community that is extremely important to me. “

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