The Indian River School District Board of Education has named Mark Steele to be the district’s new superintendent.

The district veteran has been acting as the interim superintendent since late January.

Steele is the sixth superintendent to serve the district since it was founded in 1969 and was signed to a two-year contract through June 30, 2019.

“It is an honor and privilege to be named superintendent of the Indian River School District,” Steele said in a press release. “I thank the Board of Education for this opportunity. As I’ve stated previously, I am committed to being a community superintendent. I pledge to be open and accessible and will strive for transparency in all district operations. Our staff will continue to work tirelessly to provide IRSD students with the best educational programs in the State of Delaware.”

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Steele served as the assistant superintendent for the district from July 1, 2013 through Jan. 25, when he assumed the role of interim superintendent when previous district superintendent Susan Bunting was named Delaware Secretary of Education.

A part of the district since 1981, Steele began his career in the district as a math and physics teacher at Indian River High School, a position he held until 1991, when he was named assistant principal of Indian River High School.

In 1999, Steele became the principal of Indian River High School, a position he held until becoming assistant superintendent in 2013.

During his tenure as interim superintendent, Steele helped the district pass a $7.35 million current expense referendum.

“I have enjoyed serving the IRSD community in various capacities during the past 36 years and am excited to continue doing so in the role of superintendent,” Steele said. “Our residents recently approved a current expense referendum that was critical to the future of the…