CHAPTER 619

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 12

RECOGNIZING RETIRING NEW CASTLE-GUNNING BEDFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT JOSEPH R. KLECKNER ON THE EVE OF THE GOLD BALLROOM BANQUET IN HIS HONOR.

WHEREAS, Joseph R. Kleckner, known to all as Joe, the long-time superintendent of the New Castle-Gunning Bedford School District, will retire in June capping a 27 year career of leadership in the public schools of the New Castle area; and

WHEREAS, his contribution and dedication to the steady improvement of the learning process as teacher, principal, and superintendent is well recognized by the students, parents, teachers, and citizens he has served; and

WHEREAS, when Joseph R. Kleckner first came to New Castle as superintendent in 1946, the district consisted of one building, 1,090 pupils, and not quite 40 faculty and staff members; and

WHEREAS, since that time the district has, in well planned and orderly fashion, grown to include 12 buildings, over 9,000 students, and a faculty and staff of over 600; and

WHEREAS, during his tenure, the challenges of desegregation in the mid 50's and consolidation in 1969 tested his leadership and proved the effectiveness of his sound planning and program; and

WHEREAS, the list of instructional firsts provided by his leadership range from the implementation of a child guidance center to the beginning of an environmental laboratory.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Governor of the State of Delaware concurring therein, that warm and sincere congratulations are extended to Joseph R. Kleckner for his unselfish, outstanding and thoroughly professional leadership of the public schools in the New Castle area.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The Honorable Governor Sherman W. Tribbitt carry this Resolution to the May 17 banquet in honor of Mr. Kleckner and personally present it to him with the good wishes of the 127th General Assembly.

Approved May 17, 1973.