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Southern Delaware
Seaford School District announces new principal for Frederick Douglass Elementary

SEAFORD – Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Seaford has a new administrative leader.

The Seaford School District’s board of education July 16 approved the appointment of Denise Jacono as the new principal at Frederick Douglass – one of four elementary schools in the district.

Mrs. Jacono, of Milford, comes to Seaford with 24 years of experience as an educator having served in the Parochial School System here in Delaware.

Diocese of Wilmington Superintendent, Catherine P. Weaver, has described Ms. Jacono as “a gifted leader, who has improved the instructional program in every school where she has served…she has high expectations for teachers and students and she is able to develop and implement plans that help both groups to reach their goals with confidence.”

Before becoming an educator, Ms. Jacono worked in the social services field.

“I have been committed to excellence in education and believe that students will go as far as we choose to take them,” Ms. Jacono said.

The principal position was filled as part of a strategic process which included holding open meetings with staff and the parents in order to assess what leadership skills they believed their next principal must demonstrate, said Dr. Stephanie Smith, Seaford School District’s Human Resource/Public Information Director.

This data was used to format the interview questions for prospective candidates and to frame discussions as the school moves forward into the new school year.

The Seaford Board of Education and the Administrative Team, under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Shawn Joseph have sought to maximize the resources of the district and advantage every child they serve in creating a more responsive and successful school system. </

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