The Pennsbury School Board announced two principals joining the district during its meeting on Thursday.
Travis Bloom will lead the Charles Boehm Middle School in Yardley, and Richard W. Rebh will be the principal of Quarry Hill Elementary School. Thirty-eight people applied for each position, and both Bloom and Rebh interviewed with school directors, administrators, faculty and parents.
Rebh has worked in the Pennsbury School District for 25 years. He served as Pennwood Middle School’s acting assistant principal last year. Rebh’s other past experience in the district includes teaching language arts classes for seventh and eighth graders at Pennwood and coaching boys and girls basketball teams.
At the elementary level, Rebh has taught and served as an assistant principal at Quarry Hill and Edgewood elementary schools.
“Committee members who have experience with Mr. Rebh recognized his ‘whole-child’ approach that places equal emphasis on the academic, behavioral, emotional, and social development of children,” District Superintendent William Gretzula said in a press release. “Further, committee members shared a strong belief that his experience at the middle school level will aid in preparing Quarry Hill students for the transition to higher grades.”
Bloom comes to the Pennsbury School District from the Centennial School District, which serves nearly 6,000 students in Warminster Township, Upper Southampton Township and Ivyland Borough. This will be Bloom’s second principal position.
He’d been the principal of Klinger Middle School in Southampton since 2014. He also gained administrative experience as the assistant principal at Eyer Middle School in Macungie and Muhlenberg Middle School in Reading.
Bloom will report to Gretzula and Theresa Ricci, who was principal at Boehm Middle School before earning promotion to director of secondary education.
“The feedback we received about Mr. Bloom’s strengths is that he has high expectations that are consistently focused on the children he serves,” Gretzula said in a press release. “Interview committee members were excited to learn of his experience at the middle school level, his ability to build relationships with all students and staff, his appreciation for Charles Boehm’s history of success, and his genuine collaborative spirit.”
Pennsbury is ranked as the fourth-best school district in Bucks County by niche.com, a site that evaluates school and neighborhood quality.
WBCB’s Keith Noonan contributed to this post.