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August 2012 Issue
Board Approves Contract Extension for Dietrich
NPSD Deepens Commitment to Aquatics
NPSD Board Members




Vincent Sherpinsky



Vice President


Timothy Kerr





Steve Hladik


Suzan Leonard


Rick Miniscalco


Carolyn Murphy


Frank O'Donnell 


John T. Schilling 


Joseph Sullivan 



Student and Staff Success

Celebrated at Board Meeting


Proclamations August 2012  

The school board honored more than 50 students at its latest meeting with Proclamations for their success in various areas.


Congratulations to Bridle Path/Montgomery Elementary Schools' Select String Ensemble and the North Wales Elementary School Select Choir for each group's audition and selection to perform at the PA Music Educators' Association Conference, to the Odyssey of the Mind Teams representing Penndale Middle School, Penbrook Middle School and Montgomery Elementary School for their varied accomplishments at various levels, and to North Penn Television for multiple awards from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


Congratulations are also in order for the staff and students of Inglewood and General Nash elementary schools and Pennbrook Middle School for receiving Energy Star Awards. Their efforts have significantly reduced energy usage in their buildings, saving valuable tax-payer dollars.  


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A Letter from the Board President


Dear Community,


Another school year is set to begin. It will be my 14th opening of schools since becoming a member of the North Penn School District (NPSD) Board of School Directors. A teacher and parent myself, I know the hard work that goes into getting our schools and students ready for a successful year. I also know the continued work throughout the entire school year to help our students succeed, ensure their safety, and keep our district running smoothly.


 At monthly school board meetings and committee meetings, school board members and district staff talk about and work to continuously improve the education that NPSD provides. It is our goal and our commitment to make our schools the best they can be, which in turn graduates good citizens and improves our community as a whole. The issues we face and the decisions we make aren't always easy, but they are necessary.


 NPSD has always been committed to communicating to its stakeholders like you. There are various methods in place to do so including the website, North Penn Television (NPTV), printed publications, electronic publications, and more. However, there is no better way to know what is going on in North Penn schools than being engaged and attending school activities, district events and school board meetings. I strongly encourage our community members, with or without students of their own, to come out and become more involved in our great schools.


You can always find the date of the next board meeting at the district website,, and reading various district publications including this e-newsletter. I hope you will consider joining us soon.



Vincent Sherpinsky  
President, NPSD Board of School Directors



Board Approves Contract Extension for Dietrich

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.

NPSD Deepens Commitment to Aquatics

The board approved two staff positions to help improve operations and availability of the North Penn High School natatorium. These positions will also assume responsibility previously provided by the North Penn Aquatic Club.


The new positions are Aquatics Director and Assistant Aquatics Director/Competitive Swim Coordinator. They will work together to better align the programs currently taking place in the pool, including sophomore instruction, community swim lessons, athletic practice and meets, school-age competitive swimming, and community use of the facility.


District administration and athletic staff researched best practices of surrounding school districts in developing the new operational model for the natatorium. As the new programs and practices are put in place and are fully developed, the aquatics program will be an additional revenue source for NPSD. More information will be provided in the coming months as the positions are filled and begin their work.