North Penn School District, Pennsylvania

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North Penn School District
Lansdale, PA
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District Profile
Superintendent:Curtis R. Dietrich
Graduation rate:95.6%
Number of schools:18
Budget: $214.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board members:9
Term length:4
North Penn School District is a school district in Pennsylvania. It serves 12,657 students in 18 schools with an operating budget of $214.8 million.

About the district


North Penn School District services areas in Montgomery County
North Penn School District serves the municipalities of North Wales Borough, Lansdale Borough, Hatfield Borough, Upper Gwynedd Township, Towamencin Township, Montgomery Township, and Hatfield Township in Montgomery County. Montgomery County has a population of 808,460.[1]


The county outperforms the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (92.9%) is higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also higher in Montgomery County (44.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Montgomery County is $78,446 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[1]


Curtis R. Dietrich is the superintendent of North Penn School District. Dietrich began in North Penn School District in 2006 as assistant superintendent and became superintendent in February of 2010. In 2013, the school board unanimously approved extending Dietrich's contract another five years until June 30, 2017. His contract was originally set to expire on June 30, 2013.[3]

School Board Members

The North Penn School District school board is composed of nine member serving four year terms. The current members are:[4]

North Penn School District
Vincent Sherpinsky 1997 2013
Timothy S. Kerr 2001 2013
Steve Hladik 2007 2015
Suzan Leonard 2011 2015
Rick Miniscalco 2007 2015
Carolyn Murphy 2011 2015
Frank O'Donnell 2001 2013
John Schilling 1995 2015
Joseph Sullivan 2009 2013

School board elections

See also: North Penn School District elections (2013)

Members of the North Penn School District are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Five are up for election in November 2015 and four are up for election in November 2017.


North Penn School District published its annual budget on their district website.[5]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $137,452,111 66.2% $16,636,007 8% $15,070,918 7.3% $15,962,669 7.7% $22,516,235 10.8% $207,637,940
Averages: $137,452,111 66% $16,636,007 8% $15,070,918 7% $15,962,669 8% $22,516,235 11% $207,637,940

Teacher salaries

Average teacher salary in North Peen School District[6]

Grade Level Average 10th percentile 25th percentile Median 75th percentile 90th percentile
Pre-school $26,788 $18,865 $21,492 $25,311 $30,798 $35,327
Kindergarten $47,978 $27,610 $33,008 $42,643 $60,945 $80,144
Elementary $53,616 $30,290 $38,586 $49,808 $66,161 $86,801
Middle school $61,034 $35,792 $45,096 $57,055 $74,678 $90,715
High school $58,024 $38,270 $44,657 $55,264 $70,174 $85,942

Schools in North Penn


North Penn School District serves 12,657 students in 18 schools. The district has maintained consistent enrollment.

Total enrollment[7]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 12,889
2008-2009 12,677 -.0167%
2009-2010 12,684 +.0006%
2010-2011 12,698 +.0011%
2011-2012 12,649 -.0039%
2012-2013 12,657 +.0006%

District Schools

North Penn School District Operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[8]

Academic performance

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports are measurements defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. AYP in Pennsylvania measures student results for three indicators: attendance (for schools without a high school graduating class) or graduation rate (for schools with a high school graduating class), academic performance, and test participation. In order to be proficient in attendance, schools much achieve a 90% attendance rate or meet a target set in the previous year. The graduation rate measure has a goal of 85%, or a 10% reduction of the difference between the previous year's graduation rate and 85%. For academic performance, the state goals for the 2011-2012 school year were 78% of students scoring at proficient or higher in mathematics and 81% of students scoring at proficient or higher in reading. For test preparation, at least 95% of all students in each subgroup must take the test.[9] North Penn School District made AYP in 2011 and 2012.[10]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2011 2012
Attendance Y
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Graduation Rate Y
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Academic Performance Y
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Test Preparation Y
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Charter schools

In February of 2013, the school board unanimously voted to deny approval of three applications to establish charter schools in the district. The board believed the applicants did not meet the requirements set forth by the state. [11] The applicants appealed the board's decision by submitting a petition with more than 1,000 signatures of North Penn-area residents who support the idea of their charter school to the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. In a hearing on June 18, Judge Thomas DelRicci ruled that the paperwork for the appeal was insufficient. According to Jack Dooley, attorney for the North Penn School District, the paperwork was insufficient because it did not contain the names of those who were proposing to operate the school and did it contain the location of the school. A second hearing before a county court judge is expected to be scheduled. [12]

Taxes Y
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Budget P
Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Contracts P
Audits Y
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Public Records Y
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Academics Y
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Background Checks Y
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Transparency grading process

Website Evaluation

This website was most recently evaluated on 6 Feb 2012.

The good

  • Tax information is available.[13]
  • Board meetings are published.[14]
  • Board agendas & minutes are published.[15]
  • Board policies are published.[16]
  • Elected officials, including the Board, are published.[17]
  • Administrative officials are published.[18]
  • Bid information and assigned contracts are published.[19]
  • Audit information is published.[20]
  • Public records are available.[21]
  • Academic performance standards are published.[22]
  • Background check information is available.[23]
  • The features on the homepage, including RSS feeds and quick links, are excellent resources.

The bad

A search does not reveal results for viewing teacher contracts with the district.

  • Though doing a site-specific search via Google reveals that a budget is posted online, [24], the website has no search function and no immediate way to find the current budget or more information on the budgetary process.

Contact information

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North Penn School District Board of Education

401 E Hancock St
Lansdale, PA 19446

Phone: (215) 368-0400

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Montgomery County," accessed September 19, 2013"
  2. The New York TImes, "Election Results," Accessed September 19, 2013
  3. "The Bulletin Board," "Board Approves Contract Extension for Dietrich," accessed September 19, 2013
  4. "North Penn School District," " "School Board," accessed September 19, 2013
  5. North Penn School District, "North Penn School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 2, 2013
  6. "Teacher Salary Info," "North Penn School District," accessed Septmber 19, 2013
  7. "Pennsylvania Department of Education," "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed September 19, 2013
  8. "District Home," "Select a School," accessed September 19, 2013
  9. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," Accessed August 6, 2013
  10. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "North Penn SD AYP Report Card," Accessed August 21, 2013
  11. "The Reporter," "North Penn School Board denies charter school applications," accessed September 19, 2013
  12. "The Reporter," "Judge sides with NPSD in charter school case," accessed September 19, 2013
  13. Expected tax revenue 2012
  14. Board meeting schedule
  15. Board agendas & minutes
  16. Board policies
  17. Elected officials
  18. Central Office Administration
  19. Bid specifications
  20. Annual Financial Report
  21. Public Requests for Information
  22. Report/NPSD 2009-2010 Annual Report - FINAL.pdf?557775128142538Nav=|&NodeID=5491 Academic achievement
  23. Background check policy
  24. 2011- 2012 Budget