WCASD School Board Approves New Principal for Peirce Middle School

WCASD School Board Approves New Principal for Peirce Middle School

The West Chester Area School District's Board of Directors approved the hiring of Joseph DiAntonio as principal of Peirce Middle School at their monthly meeting on April 23, 2018.

DiAntonio replaces Dr. Geoffrey Mills who resigned from his position this past winter.Joe DiAntonio

"This is a culmination of my educational career," said DiAntonio. "It is an unbelievable opportunity coupled with a great challenge. To be able to lead and serve a building like Peirce is incredibly important to me and I look forward to the challenge.”

The extensive selection process involved nearly 80 candidates, both internal and external to the District and multiple rounds of interviews.

DiAntonio has been in education for the past 20 years. He began his career in the Upper Darby School District and then spent time at Rose Media School District and Garnet Valley School District before coming to the West Chester Area School District.

"Joe DiAntonio’s primary focus is on students and their well-being.  Every decision is made with student learning as the ultimate goal.  He will be an excellent leader for the Peirce students, staff, parents, and community," said Jim Scanlon, superintendent of the West Chester Area School District.

DiAntonio has served as assistant principal at Rustin High School for the past five years.

"I've been very fortunate to have worked with outstanding teachers and strong administrators and counselors at Rustin that have helped to broaden my experiences in terms of working with students and being effective in meeting their needs."                                                                                                                         

DiAntonio and his wife, Christine reside in Westtown, with their three children who attend Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School. DiAntonio is very active in the community, volunteering his time with Eastside Little League, West Chester Lacrosse, and the West Chester Juniors Basketball League.

DiAntonio will take over for interim principal Dr. Michael Lecker beginning July 1, 2018.