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Centennial School District selects next superintendent

The Centennial Board of School Directors voted to approve Dr. Dana Bedden as the next superintendent of schools for the Centennial School District during a virtual meeting on July 28.
The Centennial Board of School Directors began the search process for a new superintendent in April after receiving the resignation of then Superintendent Dr. David Baugh. 
“It is an honor to be extended an opportunity to work collaboratively with the Centennial School District (CSD) School Board in establishing a clear education vision that is student and safety centered,” said Bedden, who comes to Centennial via Boyertown School District, where he served as superintendent since 2018. “I believe my over 27 years of education experience, serving in a variety of positions could help me to work with the school board in providing the staff and students with a focused and aligned teaching and learning program where students can find success through academics, athletics, and the arts while serving the CSD community.
“It is also truly encouraging to have read the resolution released by CSD which publicly acknowledges a responsibility to speak against injustice, racial inequity and to foster an equitable and inclusive environment for every student, staff member, parent, and community member.”
With over 27 years of experience in administrative and educational leadership, Bedden has developed a results-oriented reputation for improving academic performance, working with diverse groups, increasing community/business engagement, implementing systems-thinking, and providing a positive school and work environment.
He has demonstrated effective leadership skills in but not limited to standards and performance-based practices, human resource management, fiscal management, and community/business partnerships.
For 17 years of his career, he served as a regional (area) superintendent or district superintendent of schools in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia serving majority Caucasian, African-American, and Hispanic student populations ranging from 5,500 to 200,000 students, 750 to 5,000 employees, overseeing 10 to 58 campuses, with budgets between $72 million to $500 million.
The Centennial Board of School Directors invites all community members to meet Bedden on Monday, Aug. 3 at a virtual forum. The “Meet and Greet” forum will be moderated by Dr. Mark Hoffman, executive director of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Input from residents is appreciated. Community members are invited to submit up to two questions for Bedden through the following website: (accessible until Friday, July 31, at 11:59 p.m). Details will be posted on the CSD website with the link to the forum by Friday, July 31.
For those who cannot attend the forum virtually that evening, the forum will be videotaped with a link available on the district’s website on the evening of the event.

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