Jason Pittenger, principal at Edmond North High School since 2011, has announced his resignation so he can accept the position of executive director of accreditation at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
“Jason Pittenger has been an excellent leader who advanced curriculum and instruction at Edmond North. We wish him continued success in his new role,” said Superintendent Bret Towne.
Towne said the search for Pittenger’s replacement has already begun.
“My goal is to hire a leader who will continue to build upon Edmond North’s academic excellence while fostering a collaborative culture that engages students, teachers, parents and the broader community,” he said.
Edmond North is the largest high school in the Edmond district. This past April, U.S. News & World Report ranked it the best high school in Oklahoma and one of the top 100 high schools in the nation. Last year, the school had 17 National Merit Semifinalists-among the highest number of any public or private school in the state. The school excels athletically as well, having captured nine state championships in just the last two years.
Pittenger’s resignation follows the resignations of assistant principals Ellen Vannoy and Chris Helling, both of whom left Edmond North for other opportunities in education in Oklahoma. The board of education has hired Dawna Buck and Jeremy Reichman to replace them. Most recently, Buck was the principal of Muskogee High School. Reichman was most recently an assistant principal at Northwest Classen High School.
“We will certainly miss the hard work and dedication that Pittenger, Helling, and Vannoy have poured into Edmond North over the past several years, but we are happy for each of them as they move into new roles that will continue to challenge them as leaders,” said Dr. Debbie Bendick, associate superintendent of secondary education.
Bendick added, “The flurry of activities that is predictable in the opening of each school year will provide the new administrative team an opportunity to integrate their varied strengths as they gel into a unified force of leadership for the Edmond North community.”
Superintendent Towne said the unique set of circumstances that has evolved over the past week or two at Edmond North demands a unique response from the district level leadership.
“Toward that end, Dr. Bendick will marshal the resources available to provide extra personnel, time, and effort for the counselors and administrators as they come together in support of the school’s continued excellence,” he said.
Farewell Comments from Jason Pittenger
“I have been blessed to be a part of the educational community in Edmond for over a decade. I have always said “you can’t find a bad school in Edmond” and to this day I believe that with all of my heart. I have been blessed to serve our community and the students of North High School for over a decade. I painted on the walls of that school, “through these halls walk the finest students in the nation.” Not only have we proven that fact in the Arts, Athletics and Academics, but we have built a learning community that sincerely believes it as well. The culture of maximizing the potential of students, doing our best to know them by name and need, and providing support through their learning struggles is present now more than ever.
It is with that confidence in our people that I have decided to step into a new challenge with the hopes of positively impacting students across the state. I will be leaving Edmond North to accept a position with the State Department of Education in the coming weeks.
I would like to say “Thank You” to the staff, faculty, parents and mostly, the students for the wonderful memories I will take along with me and for the opportunity to lead such a wonderful group of students, parents and consummate professionals.
Great things lie ahead for Edmond North and I consider myself lucky to have been a part.
Thank You again and remember, once a Husky, Always a Husky…”