Two officials within the archdiocese were promoted to lead parochial schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, according to a news release Thursday.
Dr. Carol A. Cary and Jacqueline P. Coccia were named superintendents for the 17 secondary and 123 elementary schools, respectively. Both immediately took roles—unlike the School District of Philadelphia's new superintendent, who won't start until October.
Two diocese elementary school are located in Bensalem -- and . In February 2011, the parish school in Bensalem was set to be closed.
"The Archdiocese of Philadelphia undertook an extensive, national search and looked to outside counsel to ensure that we selected candidates that best exemplify the skill-set needed to lead the students of the Archdiocese in the 21st century," said Bishop Michael Fitzgerald in a news release. He oversees Catholic Education for the archdiocese.
"Dr. Cary and Ms. Coccia have demonstrated their commitment to instructional innovation, academic excellence and Catholic values that are central to our schools, and the strongest possible future for Catholic education."
Cary, 57, previously served as director of secondary curriculum, instruction and professional development for almost five years in the Office of Catholic Education. Prior to that Cary was principal for St. Anastasia Parish School in Newtown Square, Delaware County.
For the last two years Coccia, 47, worked as director of elementary education within the archdiocese. She previously taught at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Bridgeport, Montgomery County, where she later became principle. She also was principal at St. Denis Parish School in Havertown, Delaware County.
The archdiocese chose the internal candidates after undergoing what it described as an "exhaustive search process that included consultation from Dr. John DeFlaminis, Executive Director of the Penn Center for Educational Leadership, and Mr. Edward Hanway, Chairman of the Faith in the Future Foundation."
Former superintendent at the end of the 2012 school year to care for ailing family members.
Click here to read the archdiocese's full release.