Pis­cat­away, N.J., ad­min­is­tra­tor hired as su­per­in­ten­dent

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By D.E. Sch­lat­ter

NESHAMINv - At a spe­cial Aug 22 pub­lic meet­ing, the Neshaminy School Board hired Robert i. Copeland as its new su­per­in­ten­dent.

In an 8-0 vote, the board of­fered Copeland a three-year con­tract

He re­places di­rec­tor of sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion Dr. gac­que­line Rat­ti­gan who took over as act­ing su­per­in­ten­dent guly 1 when Dr. iouis Muenker re­tired. Muenker served 21 years with the dis­trict, in­clud­ing three as su­per­in­ten­dent.

Copeland, 58, who at­tended Wed­nes­day night’s school board meet­ing with his fam­ily, had headed the Pis­cat­away, N.g., School Dis­trict in since 2002. The eth­ni­cally-di­verse mid­dle class dis­trict in Mid­dle­sex County has 10 schools and 7,300 students. strong sense of community spirit in Neshaminy. “Peo­ple grow up here and live here. That’s one of the things that made me most in­ter­ested about pur­su­ing the po­si­tion.”

De­spite the la­bor dis­cord in Neshaminy, the key, he ex­plained dur­ing his 40-minute pub­lic in­ter­view ses­sion, is main­tain­ing cur­ricu­lum con­trol to en­sure that chil­dren are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high-teach­ing stan­dards.

Copeland said he likes to lis­ten to what the community has to say, and that he reg­u­larly met with par­ents in Pis­cat­away sev­eral times a year to an­swer ques­tions.

“I’m ac­tu­ally more com­fort­able when there’s more in­ter­ac­tion,” he noted.

Prior to serv­ing as Pis­cat­away su­per­in­ten­dent, Copeland was as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent in Tea­neck and Ne­wark, as well as prin­ci­pal in iaw- renceville and Prince­ton, N.g., where he be­gan his ca­reer teach­ing so­cial stud­ies.

He also re­ceived a num­ber of awards, in­clud­ing in 2007 when he was named Su­per­in­ten­dent of the vear by the New gersey As­so­ci­a­tion of School Ad­min­is­tra­tors.

Copeland grad­u­ated from the State Univer­sity of New vork and holds a Mas­ter’s de­gree from Rider Univer­sity. Cur­rently, he’s a doc­toral can­di­date at Se­ton Hall Univer­sity.

Neshaminy was in ne­go­ti­a­tions to hire Dr. Wil­liam gohn Gret­zula, the for­mer Ben­salem school su­per­in­ten­dent, who cur­rently is di­rec­tor of cur­ricu­lum for that dis­trict. Gret­zula DOsR DSSHDUHG Ds WKH finDOLsW DW a pub­lic meet­ing in gune.

How­ever, Neshaminy and Gret­zula were un­able to reach a con­tract agree­ment and he vol­un­tar­ily with­drew his name from con­sid­er­a­tion.

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