A man who has been deeply involved in revising and honing Carroll County school curriculum will become assistant superintendent for instruction.
At the recommendation of Superintendent Brian Lockard, the school board yesterday promoted Dr. Gary E. Dunkleberger, who has worked in administration in the system for more than half his 25-year career.
"I think it's an opportunity to continue many of the things that have been successes in Carroll County," Dr. Dunkleberger said. "The greatest part of this opportunity is that it is in a county school system about which I have strong feelings."
His new post is the one Dr. Lockard held before his promotion in July. Dr. Dunkleberger will oversee all instructional departments and the respective directors of elementary and secondary education, of pupil services, and his replacement as director of curriculum and staff development.
The other assistant superintendent, William Hyde, remains in charge of the administrative side of the schools, such as finance, transportation, buildings and personnel.
In making his recommendation to the board after a closed session, Dr. Lockard read a list of Dr. Dunkleberger's accomplishments.
Chief among them was the current task of leading a group of teachers, parents and other staff in developing an "essential curriculum."
The essential curriculum is a core list of what each course or grade level will teach, augmented by an "extended curriculum" of what teachers may add at their discretion. The effort is part of a move toward outcomes-based education, which means schools state goals for what students should know by the end of a unit or course, or by graduation.
Although the movement has wide support within the county school system staff and the board, Dr. Dunkleberger often has been the target of activists opposed to the trend, because of his visibility on the issue.
A whole-hearted supporter of the outcomes approach, Dr. Dunkleberger has spoken to parent and community groups to explain the concept. Several parents, business leaders and school board candidates say they have called him for one-on-one talks to understand the concept better.
Dr. Lockard said he believed his choice of Dr. Dunkleberger was inthe best interest of Carroll County children.
The decision by the board was unanimous and without comment. The board also approved a salary of $80,352.
Dr. Dunkleberger came to Carroll County schools in 1980 as supervisor of science. He became director of curriculum and staff development in 1987. His earlier career was as a science teacher in Delaware and an assistant principal in Cecil County.
He has written several articles in educational journals and has beena consultant to other districts.
Dr. Dunkleberger received a bachelor of science degree in 1969 from Lock Haven State College, now a university, in Pennsylvania. He earned a master of education degree from the University of Delaware in 1973 and a doctor of education degree from the University of Maryland in 1978.
He is married to Jeanne Dunkleberger, a secretary at Westminster East Middle School. They have two children.