Quaker Valley superintendent to retire

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The Quaker Valley school board accepted the retirement of superintendent Joseph Clapper Tuesday night, although he will remain with the district for about seven more months.

“Quaker Valley is a great place to live, work, play and go to school,” Mr. Clapper said. “I have really enjoyed being a part of this.”

Mr. Clapper has been with Quaker Valley about  20 years. He started with the district in 1993 as principal of Edgeworth Elementary School, and was promoted to assistant superintendent in 2000. He served as superintendent of North Hills School District for 18 months, but returned to Quaker Valley in 2007 to serve as superintendent.

“A community that invests in its youth prospers,” Mr. Clapper said. “It’s all about the kids,” he added, “their education, their well-being.”

During his tenure as superintendent, the district earned a number of national and state honors. In 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked Quaker Valley High School at 14th best public high school out of 687 in Pennsylvania, and 645th out of over 21,000 nationwide.

In 2012, the district earned the Exemplary Practices in Teacher Supervision and Evaluation Award from The Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, being one of only six public schools in PA to win that award.

“I have really appreciated living and working in the district” Mr. Clapper said. “It’s a labor of love.”

School board Vice President Robert Riker said Mr. Clapper has been “an integral part of the district, and that “his legacy will be felt and appreciated in the community for a long, long time.”

Mr. Clapper has also earned several honors of his own. In 2013, The Pennsylvania School Study Council recognized him with the William E. Caldwell Award for Excellence in Administration and Supervision. Also, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators recognized him with the Award for Service to the Profession.

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