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Spotlight Story: WSD Appoints Next Superintendent


After a two month search process, the Board of School Directors appointed Dr. James A. Crisfield as the next superintendent of the Wissahickon School District.

Dr. Crisfield will succeed Judith M. Clark, who will retire after six years as District Superintendent.

Crisfield, who is from Summit, New Jersey, has been an educator in New Jersey for more than 23 years. Dr. Crisfield earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, his master's degree from Boston College, and his doctorate of education from Rutgers University.

After graduating from Stanford University with an R.O.T.C. Commission, Dr. Crisfield began his first career as a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force assigned to Communication Command's Air Force Computer Acquisition Center. He held the posts of Social Studies teacher and School Business Administrator, followed by Interim Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent in the Warren Township School District in Warren, New Jersey. Crisfield most recently served as Superintendent for the Millburn Township School District in Millburn, New Jersey.

Dr. Crisfield is an accomplished educator who has served as the President of the Garden State Coalition of Schools, the Morris Union Jointure Commission, and on the National Advisory Committee for Educational Testing Service (ETS). Millburn School District is widely regarded as the most competitive public school district in New Jersey and the high school was recently ranked #1 in New Jersey by Newsweek magazine.

The Wissahickon School Board unanimously approved a contract with Dr. Crisfield as Superintendent on Wednesday, November 19th at a Special Board Meeting followed by a reception where Dr. Crisfield began to meet the Wissahickon community. Dr. Crisfield will officially start in the Superintendent position on March 1, 2015. Mrs. Clark’s contract will be extended through February 28, 2015 to insure a smooth transition. Members of the community are also invited to meet the new Superintendent on Friday, November 21st from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Central Office Board room.

 

 


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Posted 12/18/2014 09:05AM
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Posted 12/15/2014 12:23PM
An Overview of the 2015-2016 Kindergarten program will be held on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at each of the elementary schools at 9:30 am. Registration packets can be picked up from each elementary school, beginning March 4, 2015. Click the tab for the entire overview.
Posted 12/09/2014 10:54AM
This presentation, shared at the December 8, 2014 School Board meeting, reflects PSSA, Keystone Exam, and AP Exam achievement data from the 2013-14 school year. The presentation commences with a comparison of our District's achievement to the aggregate achievement across the State and provides an analysis of the District's performance trends on state and national assessments over multiple years. The presentation concludes with an overview of the components of the School Performance Profile (SPP) and corresponding profile data for each school. The SPP building scores are based on several measures of performance including state test scores, data that measures how much progress students make in a year, graduation rates, attendance rates, and more. Wissahickon's student achievement indicates specific areas to be targeted and the significant strengths that exist within many of our education programs. For the presentation please click the headline.
Posted 08/26/2014 03:55PM
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