The Caesar Rodney School District has promoted three administrators, including two moving up to replace recently retired administrators. Caesar Rodney Director of Human Resources David Perrington has been promoted, among others, to assistant superintendent to replace. Dr. Lou Ann Carlson. She retired Wednesday.


The Caesar Rodney School District has promoted three administrators, including two moving up to replace recently retired administrators.

Caesar Rodney Director of Human Resources David Perrington has been promoted to assistant superintendent. He replaces Dr. Lou Ann Carlson, who retired Wednesday after 23 years with the district and 26 overall with the state of Delaware, Caesar Rodney spokesman Ron Gough said.

The Caesar Rodney Board of Education approved the personnel moves at its Jan. 16 meeting.

Perrington has been CR’s director for human resources for the past 10 years. He has 22 years in the district as a social studies teacher, dean of students and assistant principal at Caesar Rodney High School and 31 years in education overall.

As assistant superintendent/director of human resources, Perrington’s salary is $129,673, Gough said. As assistant superintendent, he will also receive an annual stipend of $2,000.

Carlson earned $133,845 upon retirement.

The number of administrators, teachers and aides for school districts that the state of Delaware will fund is driven by enrollment in their schools. The Caesar Rodney district is authorized four directors for finance, curriculum and instruction, special education and human resources as well an assistant superintendent, Gough said. However, the district has historically selected one of its directors to be designated as assistant superintendent.

After speaking with his directors, Caesar Rodney Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald decided to promote Perrington into his new, dual role.

The  Caesar Rodney board also approved Supervisor of Instruction Dr. Scott Lykens’ promotion as the new director of instruction – another position held by Carlson, and Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Kevin Thompson as director of student services. Lykens and Thompson were promoted based on their knowledge and experience, Gough said.

Lykens had been CR’s supervisor of instruction for 12 years. Prior to that, his 26 years with CR included stints as an assistant principal and science teacher at Caesar Rodney High School. Lykens’ salary is $129,676.

Thompson has worked in education for 18 years, with nine of those in the Caesar Rodney School District. He has served as a paraprofessional, special education teacher, supervisor of facilities management, principal at Allen Frear Elementary and Intensive Learning Center coordinator. Thompson’s salary is $114,297.

Thompson replaces Janella Newman, who retired in December. She had 34 years of service with the state –  the last 13 with C.R., Gough said. Her salary was $133,105.

Carlson and Newman were tremendous resources for Caesar Rodney, he said. But, there are no plans to have either consult for the district.

Information on individual pensions is not given out, Delaware Pension Administrator David Craik said. But pensions are calculated based on the highest three years of earnings and total years of service, he said. Most of the time, school district employee’s highest years of earnings are the last three years.