School Board President, Mr. Todd Orner, confirmed Friday, February 17th, 2017 that the Board has extended a verbal offer to Dr. Jason C. Perrin to serve as the next Superintendent of the Gettysburg Area School District.
Dr. Perrin, currently serving as the Assistant Superintendent of the State College Area School District in State College, PA, has verbally accepted the position. Official action on the hiring of Dr. Perrin is set for the March 6th Board Meeting.
Dr. Perrin brings over 17 years of administrative experience to Gettysburg, serving the State College School District in leadership roles including Middle School Principal, Supervisor of Elementary and Middle Level Education and Assistant Superintendent. He began his career in public education as a Middle School Science teacher and taught six years in Greenwich, Connecticut and Gibsonia, Pa. Dr. Perrin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from The Pennsylvania State University, his Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration from The University of Pittsburgh and his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from The Pennsylvania State University. The focus of his doctoral research was school finance and organizational leadership. He is a member of several state and national school-related leadership organizations, including the ASCD, PASCD, AASA and PASBO.
During the interview and selection process, Dr. Perrin impressed the Board, staff and community groups with his visionary and responsive leadership skills. He stressed his commitment to enhancing the educational experiences available to the students in the Gettysburg Area School District and welcomed the opportunity to further develop the District as he works with students, parents, staff and community stakeholders to address the challenges of the ever-changing educational landscape. He cited numerous personal examples in his teaching and administrative roles that helped shape his vision and passion for public education and prepared him for the position of Superintendent of the Gettysburg Area School District.
Dr. Perrin is set to replace Dr. Larry Redding, who will retire from public education service on June 30, 2017.
This past Friday, February 10th, the Gettysburg Area High School Speech and Debate team traveled to the Pittsburgh area to compete at the Black Hawk Speech and Debate Invitational Tournament at Bethel Park High School. The team is grateful for Mr. & Mrs. Knowles-Kellett. They joined the team as judges and chaperones.
This tournament is as challenging as the Pennsylvania High School Speech League (PHSSL) State tournament. Thirty-nine schools participated with 412 competitors from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West VIrginia. Competitiors performed/debated five rounds (some debaters had 6 rounds). The majority of tournaments offer 3 preliminary rounds.
In the past a handful of Gettysburg competitors have gone as far as quarterfinals and semifinals. Karen O'Dowd (co-coach) and Lourdes Dandignac (coach) are happy to report the weekend's results.
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Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in PA. High Progress Schools are the highest 5% based upon a composite of the math and English Language Arts (ELS) Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS) indices for the schools. These schools also met participation and attendance Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). James Gettys Elementary School was recognized for this high honor on January 30, 2017 at the Title I Improving Schools Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.