Upper Darby High School will open the 2017-2018 school year on Aug. 28 with a new, pioneering principal.

Upper Darby School Superintendent Daniel G. Nerelli recommended Kelley L. Simone, principal of Beverly Hills Middle School (BHMS) for the past four years, for the post.

She becomes the first female principal to lead the high school of nearly 4,000 students since it opened 120 years ago.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity,” Simone said. “As I embark on this new challenge, I aspire to use all that I have learned from my time at Beverly Hills Middle School to guide me in this new endeavor. I am dedicated to my profession and to this school district and I look forward to continuing to build positive relationships and school culture with the students, families and staff of the high school and the community as a whole.”

Simone is replacing Edward Roth who recently resigned after four years to head up Norristown High School in the fall.

Simone’s salary was increased from $118,000 to $141,651 for the advanced position.

Prior to serving as BHMS’ principal, Simone was an assistant principal at the school for more than two years.

She came to Upper Darby from the West Chester Area School District where she was a special education teacher and department chair. She started here career in education in the Marple Newtown School District as a teacher for four years.

Simone has a bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education from St. Joseph’s University and a master’s in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from Wilmington University.

Replacing Simone at BHMS on an interim basis is Dr. Brian Ursone, the assistant principal at the school for the past two years.

He formerly taught at Garnet Valley High School, the Vanguard School and Hope Charter School in Philadelphia over a combined 11 years.

Ursone earned both his bachelor’s and master’s of Education degrees from Temple University, a master’s in Education in Educational Leadership from Edinboro University and a doctorate of Education in Innovation and Leadership from Wilmington University.

His salary was increased from $95,000 to $115,000 as interim principal.

Kelley L. Simone is set to become the first female principal to lead Upper Darby High School since it opened 120 years ago.

Kelley L. Simone is set to become the first female principal to lead Upper Darby High School since it opened 120 years ago.

Dr. Brian Ursone, succeeds Simone as principal of the Beverly Hills Middle School.

Dr. Brian Ursone, succeeds Simone as principal of the Beverly Hills Middle School.

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