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Robert Copeland Takes Over Neshaminy Superintendent Duties

Today, Oct. 1, 2012 is Robert Copeland's first day as Neshaminy's superintendent.

Robert Copeland takes over Neshaminy's superintedent duties today, Oct. 1, 2012. 

The Neshaminy School Board elected Copeland as the district's new superintedent August 22, 2012. 

"I am so much looking forward to coming to work here in Neshaminy," Copeland said after the board unanimously approved the motion to hire him.

In addition, Copeland said that he looks at serving as Neshaminy's superintendent as a "stewardship" and is looking forward to "moving the district forward."

Copeland participated in a public interview at the end of June in which he communicated that he is a hands-on leader who likes to make sure beneficial district and school policies and programs do not dissolve.

"The beginnings are about getting to know everyone on a one-on-one basis," he said to Patch in August.

"It's a new beginning," board member Mark Shubin said of Copeland joining the district, adding that Copeland is a "data-driven leader" and "CEO-type of superintedent." 

"I think he's the right guy at the right time," Shubin said.

Copeland comes to Neshaminy after serving about 11 years at the Piscataway School District in New Jersey.

In addition, Jaqueline Rattigan will be taking over the assistant superintedent position for the district today.

The Neshaminy School Board unanimously voted to promote Rattigan during their last public meeting. She previously served the district as the director of elementary and secondary education.

For the duration of the summer months and the beginning of the school year, Rattigan was Neshaminy's acting superintendent following Louis Muenker's retirement at the end of June 2012.

"You jumped in a have done a great job as the acting superintendent and we thank you for that," board President Ritchie Webb said in the Sept. 25 board meeting.

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