Delone Catholic High School Board of Directors Announces Leadership Changes

Donna Tompkins

Donna Tompkins is announced as Interim Principal at Delone Catholic High School for the 2020-21 school year.

The Delone Catholic High School Board of Directors announced leadership changes effective July 1. The announcement followed the February resignation of current principal Richard LaRocca who chose to relocate and spend more time with family.

Amy Warner, Board President, convened all Delone Catholic faculty and staff members to make the announcement public. She stated that months of discussions, interviews with several potential candidates and planning brought the Board to a unanimous decision to support Donna Tompkins in this role given her unwavering commitment to the mission of Delone. Along with her credentials and certifications she is a natural choice to provide leadership while the Board proceeds with formal interviews post pandemic outbreak.

As interim principal Mrs. Tompkins will lead the overall operation of the school and report directly to the Board of Directors. She will also continue to work with department chairs to develop the academic curriculum of the school. Mrs. Tompkins joined the Delone Catholic math department in 1990 in her first full-time teaching role and has continued to serve the school for 30 years. While at Delone she has coached softball and basketball. She is a Golden Apple recipient and has held various positions outside of teaching to include class moderator, department chair, and Middle States co-facilitator. She served as Interim Vice Principal for one year and Vice Principal for the past two academic years during which time she has stepped in as acting principal when needed.

Mrs. Tompkins holds a B.S. from Pfeiffer University and a M.Ed. from Shippensburg University. She has also completed her Principal Certificate. Outside of Delone, Mrs. Tompkins has been involved in the Relay for Life and the Hanover Council of Churches.

Additionally, Tim Bonitz has been promoted to the position of Dean of Students/Athletic Director. In this newly created role, he will be responsible for the academic progress of the students of Delone Catholic. He will support the teaching staff by implementing classroom management programs, identifying students with attendance issues or disciplinary problems, and addressing those issues with the students and their parents to create a positive outcome. He will also ensure the safety and security of the school. Mr. Bonitz will continue in his duties as Athletic Director with the support of Game Managers to assist with the athletic activities of the school.

DSC_5877.jpgMr. Bonitz joined Delone Catholic in 2017 as the Athletic Director. He is a graduate of Susquehannock High School. He holds a B.S. degree in Political Science and Government from Penn State University and a M. Ed. in Sport and Fitness Administration/Management from Millersville University. Prior to joining Delone Catholic he was a head coach at York College, worked at York Barbell in sales and marketing and served as a head coach at Susquehannock High School.

David Salter.jpegDavid Salter has been named as Senior Director, Institutional Advancement. Mr. Salter will be joining Delone Catholic this month and will oversee all aspects of advancement, admissions, marketing, and communications. For the past several years he has worked in consulting on leadership, branding, public relations, advertising, and admissions as well as developing content for a variety of regional publications. Mr. Salter worked at York College of Pennsylvania for 14 years as the Director of Public Relations and Publications. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from Moravian College.

Mr. Salter will report to Mrs. Tompkins but also attend school board meetings. Reporting to him will be Eric Lawrence, Director of Advancement; Jen Hart, Director of Admissions and Outreach; and Bobbi Lawyer, Enrollment and Communications Assistant. In addition, the school will be hiring to fill a new position of Director, Marketing and Communications in the near future.

“We are confident the leadership capabilities of these individuals will lead the next generation of ‘Doers of the Word’ at Delone Catholic High School,” said Warner. “We ask for your support and prayers as we make this transition.”