The North Penn School District (NPSD) will be led for the next five years by Superintendent Dr. Curtis R. Dietrich. The Board of School Directors unanimously approved extending Dr. Dietrich's contract another five years until June 30, 2017. His original three-year contract was set to expire June 30, 2013.
"Dr. Dietrich exemplifies leadership and commitment to hard work," said Vincent Sherpinsky, president, NPSD Board of School Directors. "I speak for every school board member when I say we are very pleased that Dr. Dietrich will continue leading the school district and its students to new levels of excellence."
Dietrich began in NPSD in 2006 as assistant superintendent and became superintendent in February of 2010. During his time as superintendent, he has successfully focused on improving academic achievement and operational efficiencies. Pennsylvania System of Student Assessment (PSSA) results are at their highest levels to date, while more students are taking Advanced Placement exams. For the last two years in a row, North Penn High School has been named one of the top schools in the country by both Newsweek and the Washington Post.
"I am very proud of the entire North Penn staff and thankful for their hard work and dedication to help students succeed," said Dietrich. "And our students need to be commended as well for working harder than ever before to achieve at their highest level."
Looking forward, Dietrich said he wants to build upon the successes they've seen instructionally as changes are made by the state to student assessment and curriculum standards. He also said they will continue to look at ways to narrow the achievement gap for all student subgroups, an area where progress has been made but can always be improved.
Dietrich's years as superintendent have been faced with unprecedented economic challenges as public school districts across the country faced decreased revenues and increased costs. Under his leadership the school district has made great cost cutting strides in the operational areas of health care costs, energy and transportation. He has been instrumental in the last two Innovation Celebrations where additional cost cutting and revenue generating ideas have been presented and consequently implemented in the school district.
"Serving the North Penn School District, its students, staff and community is an honor in which I take great pride," continued Dietrich. "It is very important to me that I build relationships with those I serve and look forward to continued opportunities to hear their concerns, issues and hopes."
Dietrich will continue to hold formal and informal meetings with staff, students and community members in the 2012-2013 school year. The first Community Conversation with the Superintendent will be held Thursday, September 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine Street, Lansdale. Space is limited so that everyone in attendance has an opportunity to speak with the superintendent. Reserve your spot by calling 215-853-1021.