At its regular meeting last week, the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) Board of Directors approved the appointment of Shellie A. Feola as the new assistant executive director and promoted Tom Brown from business manager to chief financial and operations officer (CFOO),
Brown’s position became effective last week, Feola’s this week.
Feola’s background includes extensive experience in human resources and all areas of school leadership and administration. She will provide leadership and coordination for development and implementation of curriculum and instruction initiatives as well as career and technical educational programs throughout DCIU and its member districts.
Feola was previously superintendent of the Pottsgrove School District in Pottstown, a position she held since Oct. 2012. She was also the superintendent of record for the Western Montgomery Career and Technical Center during that time. Her previous positions include assistant superintendent in the Pottsgrove District, director of Human Resources in the Pennridge School District, middle school principal in Ohio for seven years, and she began her career as a teacher in southern Florida for both Broward and Dade County school districts.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Edinboro University and a naster’s from Florida Atlantic University. She obtained her Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Ohio in 2002 and from Pennsylvania in 2004 and is currently completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University.
“Shellie is a proven leader with a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering high quality educational services,” said Dr. Maria Edelberg, DCIU executive director.
Brown, a 30-year DCIU employee, previously worked as head accountant for 12 years before becoming business manager, a position he held for 18 years.
As CFOO, Brown will continue to oversee DCIU’s more than $120 million business operation, with the added responsibility of leadership of the Information Technology and Operations/Facilities departments. In addition, he will continue to lead the School District Business Managers, Joint Purchasing and Healthcare Trust countywide job-alike groups. He was appointed finance manager of the Delaware County Public Schools Healthcare Trust, with $200 million in assets, which was established in 2013 to help save districts money on health insurance costs.
DCIU is a regional education services agency that provides leadership for development of innovative and cost-effective educational programs. It serves more than 70,000 school-aged students and more than 6,000 educators.
Direct instruction is provided to nearly 15,000 students enrolled in DCIU’s Special Programs, Career and Technical Education, and specialized programs and the nonpublic schools in the county. DCIU employs about 1,000 individuals, ranging from administrators and supervisors to teachers and therapists to teaching assistants and support personnel.
DCIU is one of Pennsylvania’s 29 regional educational agencies. Established in 1970 by the state legislature, IUs provide services in seven areas. Today, after more than 40 years, DCIU has grown to provide more than $120 million worth of services through the management of over 100 programs with more than 60 separate budgets.