Superintendent presented with Leadership award
This year’s banquet theme was “Celebrate the Hero Within.” The ceremony was part of ACSA’s annual Leadership Summit.
His wife, Karen, and son, Jason, and daughter-in-law Kris accompanied Bietz to the awards banquet. In addition several members of the Board of Trustees for the Westwood Charter School attended with their spouses. Board members included Krissy House and her husband, Davy, Marty Growdon and his wife, Diane, Terry Ferguson and his wife, Kathy, and Terry Johnson and his wife, Susan. Also in attendance were Kim Tomerlin, assistant chief business officer for Westwood Charter and her husband, Darrell, along with Shelley Tilford, Westwood Charter registrar, and her husband, Brian.
The development of the Westwood Charter School to help meet the district’s revenue needs was one reason Bietz received the award. Over its years of operation it has generated much-needed funds to address shortfalls caused by declining enrollment, rising faculty costs and special education concerns.
There were many other reasons he was selected to receive an administrator of the year award. for example, the variety of ways he addresses the learning needs of all students within the Westwood School District. These include traditional classroom schedules, Regional Occupation Program, the charter school, two community day schools, technical classes, advancement via individual determination, advance placement classes, a work related agriculture and business program, an opportunity classroom and alternative high school.
Also he has set in place programs to ensure education is provided in a safe and effective learning environment. For example, Character Counts was introduced three years ago, and a variety of guidance and counseling services are offered.
Bietz learned he had been selected as superintendent/principal of the Year in March of this year. He had to wait to receive the award from ACSA until this November.
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