Jane Ann Harbert was administered the Oath of Office by Judge Leonard Tenaglia on Monday, her first day as acting superintendent of the William Penn School District (WPSD). The school board voted last August to appoint Harbert, replacing Joseph Bruni who was superintendent from March 2008 until his retirement last Friday.
Harbert has been the district’s director of schools since Aug. 31, 2009. Her primary responsibilities were to supervise, mentor, and evaluate building level administrators (principals), oversee the Title I federal program and teachers’ evaluations, and to supervise school safety officers.
A West Virginia native, Harbert has 40 years of education experience and has taught and worked as a principal in both elementary and secondary schools in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
Harbert has worked in more than 40 states assisting school districts in aligning their curriculum with state standards, and analyzing and interpreting states’ high-stakes data to increase student achievement. She has also collaborated with several school districts to implement research-based school reform programs.
Harbert’s three-pronged primary focus for William Penn is school safety, school district culture, and student achievement.
Jennifer Hoff, WPSD board president, said, “Jane loves our children and our communities. I expect Jane’s leadership style to be one of a person who moves very intelligently and quickly to help our school district continue to grow on its recent academic successes. Let this new chapter in the history of the (district) be one in which staff, school board, communities, students, and parents work together at unprecedented levels to achieve the very best educational product we can.”
Harbert has two adult children. Her son, Israel Sharp, resides in West Virginia; her daughter, Ashley Menarchik, lives in Kentucky. Harbert has three granddaughters, Baylee, Gracie, and Madison, and one grandson, Israel “Ben” Benjamin. She lives in Yeadon.