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Meet the Superintendent

Photo of Superintendent Dr. Gail PletnickDysart Unified School District serves over 25,000 students and their families and works with an outstanding team of close to 2,800 staff members plus a multitude of dedicated volunteers and active community members.  The focus of our Dysart community is supporting the success of each and every student. The district is responsible for preparing students for the opportunities and challenges they will face when they graduate from Dysart.  In Dysart, we take that responsibility very seriously; we know the district must have high quality educational programs to produce the educational outcomes that will help drive economic development, generate a competitive workforce, and protect the value of the communities and properties we serve.

Dysart has been recognized at the state and national levels for building a 21st century learning environment that includes innovative approaches, the use of technology to transform teaching and learning, and efforts to personalize education.  The district is known for providing multiple options and opportunities for learning pathways for students through our high school signature programs, such as culinary arts, engineering, ROTC, International Baccalaureate, as well as K-8 academies, including Cambridge Advanced Academics, International Studies, the Arts Academy, STEM and so many other excellent relevant learning options. Dysart is working with national groups, such as the Alliance for Excellent Education, to network and share information on how to support digital transformation.  Dysart is part of the EdLeader21 network collaborating with schools and organizations across the country to gather resources and build tools to support 21st century learning environments. Dysart’s Profile of a 21st Century Learner, which can be found on our website, highlights those critical workforce skills which include critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, technology skills, etc.  Dysart provides a comprehensive education for all students. The district earned an A rating in the state accountability system in 2014 based on the strong academic foundation provided, but we are equally proud of the excellent arts, band, physical education, and athletic programs currently provided through the support of a local Override. 

Dysart is also known as a caring community.  Rachel’s Challenge was implemented district wide and all 23 school sites use this program to build a culture of respect and compassion. Safe and secure schools where respect and good citizenship are fostered help create safe communities with reduced crime rates.  

The list of great things happening across our district is a source of pride for our communities. We are proud to be an important partner with our cities and civic leaders in building and supporting quality communities where children grow and thrive and community members from birth to retirement reap the rewards of these successes.

Please explore the Dysart website and Dysart’s video library to learn more about the Dysart Unified School District.

Gail Pletnick, Ed. D.
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