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Tilton named superintendent of Delta Charter Schools

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POSTED February 18, 2014 11:04 p.m.
His eye is on the top post of the San Joaquin County Office of Education. But Jeff Tilton already has the title of superintendent.
That is, chief administrator for Delta Charter Schools. The New Jerusalem Elementary School Board of Trustees, at their last meeting, unanimously gave the green light to promote Deputy Superintendent Jeff Tilton to superintendent of the district’s Delta Charter Schools.
A media release announcing Tilton’s promotion described Delta Charter Schools as “a fast-growing K-12 program authorized by NJEST (and) is now larger than four of the 14 school districts in San Joaquin County.”
Longtime New Jerusalem Superintendent David Thoming praised Tilton’s appointment and his contributions to the district in the prepared media statement.
“Since Jeff joined Delta, the program has really taken off in so many respects. It is clear that because of his leadership, Delta is both growing and thriving, and that is a difficult balancing act when it comes to demonstrative success,” he stated.
Reacting to the New Jerusalem board’s vote of confidence, Tilton released a statement saying, “I appreciate David’s recommendation and the Board’s support. Delta’s growth is attributed to the dedication of the staff and those who were at Delta before me. I have been blessed to have some talented folks around me and some wonderful students as well.”
A graduate of Manteca High School who holds a Ph.D. from the University of the Pacific, the longtime public educator and former newspaper sports writer and editor is one of the candidates whose names will be on the June primary ballot. The top two winners in that election will then face off in the November general elections unless one candidate captures more than half of the votes which automatically would give him the victory without the need for the second election.
Tilton’s experience in the field of education includes not only administrative positions in the San Joaquin and Stanislaus County offices of education. He has been an adjunct faculty member at several universities in California and Oregon, and has worked for the Northwest Evaluation Association, an international educational research organization for several years.
Winning the election for San Joaquin superintendent would return Tilton to a familiar environment. He has previously worked in senior administrative capacities at the county Office of Education along with Superintendent Mick Founts who has announced his plans to retire when the school year ends in June.
New Jerusalem and Delta Charter Schools are no strangers to Manteca. It was New Jerusalem which picked up the charter school baton for Great Valley Academy after it was voted down by the Manteca Unified School District and San Joaquin County boards three years ago. At Button Avenue in Manteca where Great Valley has taken over the facilities of Manteca Christian School after the latter closed its doors due to diminishing enrollment, Delta Charter Schools share computer labs with GVA students.
Delta Charter Schools is on to bigger things this year. Thoming announced that the school, which is now being shepherded by Tilton, will be opening a sister charter school in the fall.
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