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Leslye S. Abrutyn, Ed.D. Superintendent Penn-Delco School District




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Appointed Superintendent of the Penn-Delco School District in November 1997, Dr. Leslye S. Abrutyn oversaw the direction, growth and educational effectiveness of four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school in her jurisdiction. Dr. Leslye Abrutyn was also the liaison for the three municipalities that comprise the District which has a total 26,000 citizens. Located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, approximately 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, the District is the single largest employer in the community maintaining an operating budget in excess of $44 million, a staff of 25 administrators, and over 500 district employees serving a student population of 3,300.

Directly overseeing all matters relating to the development and implementation of the educational curriculum, technology, finance, human resources, legal, transportation, facilities, public relations, and community outreach, Dr. Leslye Abrutyn ensured compliance with State and Federal policies and mandates. As the District’s educational leader, Dr. Leslye Abrutyn routinely made use of data to analyze academic performance and initiate steps for continuous educational improvement. Reporting directly to the Penn-Delco School Board of Directors, Dr. Leslye Abrutyn conducted monthly public school board meetings and disseminated information to the community via local cable television as well as through community newsletters, seminars and special events. Dr. Leslye Abrutyn was also a member to community-based boards and committees.

Dr. Leslye Abrutyn has also been recognized nationally as an authority in education. At the 2001 Technology + Learning Conference, she presented “Using Technology to Improve Achievement, Accountability and Public Support.” Under Dr. Leslye Abrutyn’s leadership, the District was selected by the Milken Foundation as a case study for effective use of technology in schools, and four of the District’s schools were among only 18 nationwide to be named in the Computer Curriculum Corporation’s Honor Roll in 2001. Dr. Leslye Abrutyn’s personal achievements include the “John Kresovich Award for Innovation and Instruction in the Use of Technology” from the Pennsylvania Association for School Administrators, and induction into Temple University’s Education Hall of Fame “Galley of Success” in 1999. Dr. Leslye Abrutyn was also honored with the Friends of Delaware County Women’s Commission Spirit of Excellence Award for Individual Business Achievement (2003), and was the March of Dimes 2003 Delaware County Salute to Women of Achievement Honoree for Education. In 2006, Dr. Leslye Abrutyn was selected out of more than 35,000 School of Education alumni members from Boston University to receive the Dean Arthur Herbert Wilde Society Award for service to the profession. In May 2007 Dr. Leslye Abrutyn was invited to be one of the first superintendents nationally to testify before Congress on her views on the Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.

Dr. Leslye Abrutyn has authored and co-authored numerous publications including a book with the famed educational author Charlotte Danielson titled “An Introduction to Using Portfolios in the Classroom” (1997 – published in English, Spanish and Chinese), and “The Teacher Newsletter and Parent Involvement: A Case Study of Content Defined by Parents and Teachers” (1997). The Association for Curriculum and Development (ASCD) published Dr. Leslye Abrutyn’s article, “The Most Important Data” (2006), in their flagship publication, Educational Leadership.

Dr. Leslye Abrutyn received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Boston University, and has a Masters in Special Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Temple University. Dr. Leslye Abrutyn has also earned certifications in Reading from the University of Pennsylvania and Secondary School Administration from Temple University, as well as completed a certification program for Letter of Eligibility from Arcadia University.

Dr. Leslye Abrutyn served as President of the Women’s Caucus of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. Dr. Leslye Abrutyn served as an Executive Board member of the Standard and Poor’s School Evaluation Services (SES), was an Advisory Board member for the Middle States Accreditation For Growth (AFG) Commission on Secondary Schools to develop the Accreditation For Growth Process. Dr. Leslye Abrutyn was also an Advisory Board member for the First National International Technology and Learning Conference in 2001 Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Leslye Abrutyn has served as an Editorial Advisory Panel Member for District Administrator magazine and was also a member to numerous organizations including the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD), Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals (PASSP), and Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA). Dr. Leslye Abrutyn was a charter member and served on the assessment sub-committee for the New Standards Consortium, a five-county consortium of school districts working in conjunction with the Center for Greater Philadelphia to secure grant monies and bring higher standards to schools through the use of the New Standard program. Finally, Dr. Leslye Abrutyn is a member of many civic and community organizations.

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