Capital School District finds replacement for Thomas

The Capital School District’s search for a new superintendent has finally come to in an end. At the June 17 board of education meeting they voted for Dan Shelton to replace current superintendent Michael Thomas

The 3-1 vote passed after board members went into executive session before the end of the meeting.

For 11 years he was a principal in the Christina School District. According to Capital School District officials he’s been recognized for building positive culture among students, families and staff, building relationships with the community, and closing achievement gaps.

Shelton, a Delaware native, earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Delaware. In 2012 he was named Delaware’s National Distinguished Principal. His wife Cara is also a teacher and they have three children.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Shelton into our Capital family, and look forward to seeing him keep the momentum going,” said board president Kay Dietz-Sass. “Several qualities stood out while interviewing and doing reference checks on Dr. Shelton, the relationships he built with the students, and families as well as the staff and his experience with policies, and a thorough understanding of the budget.”

Sass said they are still negotiating the contract, but is confident they will come to an agreement both of them can agree on.