Superintendent of Schools
Robert J. Scherrer, Ed.D.
Robert J. Scherrer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Dr. Scherrer currently serves as the Superintendent of the North Allegheny School District. Located twelve miles north of the city of Pittsburgh, North Allegheny educates over 8,400 students each day from Bradford Woods, Franklin Park, Marshall and McCandless. Over 1,000 staff members support students across seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. North Allegheny is consistently recognized as one of the top school districts in the United States, and according to the most recent Niche K-12 rankings, is the #1 school district in Western Pennsylvania, #3 in Pennsylvania, and the 15th best school district in America.
Dr. Scherrer first joined the District in 2013 as the Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Education, later became the Acting Superintendent, and was named Superintendent in 2016. During his tenure, his efforts have focused on the development and implementation of the Measuring Success Framework, a more holistic way of framing school success beyond traditional test scores and rankings. This Framework focuses on Achievement and Growth, Future Preparation, School Climate, and Student and Staff Wellness.
Prior to his time at North Allegheny, Dr. Scherrer served as an administrator in the Pittsburgh Public School District; first as the Principal of Allderdice High School and then as the founding Principal of the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, a grades 6-12 magnet school focusing on STEM education. He also served as an administrator in the Peters Township and Woodland Hills School Districts, and began his career as a teacher at Baldwin High School where he won the Pennsylvania Business Educator of the Year Award and developed an award-winning entrepreneurship program.
Dr. Scherrer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education, a Master of Education in Business Education, and his Principal’s Certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility and Doctorate of Education in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, where his dissertation focused on teacher evaluation.
Over the years Dr. Scherrer has been an active member of numerous professional organizations and associations and has presented at a number of national, state and regional conferences. He has also received a number of professional awards and recognitions during his career. Dr. Scherrer and his wife currently reside in Wexford and are the proud parents of a 2018 NA graduate, Olivia, and a current NA Tiger, Max.
According to the Pennsylvania School Code, all school districts are required to develop objective performance standards and post them on the district’s website. At the conclusion of the evaluation cycle, the board must publish a statement on the district’s website as to whether the superintendent met (or did not meet) the objective performance standards. The superintendent must be evaluated annually, and the objective performance standards must be mutually agreed upon by both the board and the superintendent.
Final Rating for 2017-2018
Dr. Scherrer has met these standards for the 2017-2018 school year.
Student Growth and Achievement
Superintendent uses multiple data sources to assess student success and growth as appropriate, specific to needs within the district and as determined annually in collaboration with the Board of School Directors. Annual or other District performance objectives are articulated and clearly achieved under the direction of the Superintendent relative to State Standardized Assessments, PVAAS, and other locally determined measures.
Superintendent has worked collaboratively with the Board to develop a vision for the District, displays an ability to identify and rectify problems affecting the District, works collaboratively with District administration to ensure best practices for instruction, supervision, curriculum development, and management are being utilized, and works to influence the climate and culture of the District.
District Operations and Financial Management
Superintendent manages effectively, ensuring completion of activities associated with the annual budget; overseeing distribution of resources in support of District priorities; and directing overall operational activities within the District.
Communication and Community Relations
Superintendent communicates with and effectively engages the staff, the Board, and members of the community, clearly articulating District goals and priorities, addressing local and broader issues affecting the District, and building support for District initiatives, programs, and short/long-range plans.
Human Resource Management
Superintendent incorporates best practices for human resource management and oversight, coordinating staffing, recruitment, and other human resource functions.
Superintendent models professional decision-making processes and ethical standards consistent with the values of Pennsylvania's public education system as well as that of the local community. Superintendent additionally works to individually reflect upon his effectiveness within the role, and works to improve effectiveness through the use of professional development literature and activities.