Dr Eric J. Becoats


July 1, 2020

Dear William Penn School Community:

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well.  It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year and to officially introduce myself to the greater community. I am extremely proud and honored to have been selected as Superintendent of Schools of the William Penn School District, and look forward to working collaboratively with the Board of School Directors, staff, students, parents, and community.

I started working in the William Penn School District on May 18th and was fortunate to work with the previous superintendent. During that time, I had the opportunity to meet with many borough officials and community groups in my efforts to learn about the William Penn community. I will continue to listen and learn through additional meetings and community forums this summer. Please see my Entry Plan.

As we move forward in these unprecedented times, how public education is delivered in the coming school year is my primary focus. The William Penn School District Pandemic Committee has been formed to develop a plan for reopening schools in September. The committee is comprised of principals, teachers, central office staff, and other school district-based staff members. The final plan will be reviewed by an Advisory Team of community members and the Board of School Directors.  

In the phased reopening plan, Governor Wolf indicated schools will reopen this fall for public school students. With this in mind, the Pandemic Committee has been working on the development of a Framework for Learning that includes a Health and Safety Plan that emphasizes safety precautions for our students and employees, cleaning and disinfecting, and an adequate and comprehensive plan for curriculum and instruction to include support for students in the area of social and emotional learning.

Our plan for reopening is based on a combination of guidelines provided by the Governor’s office, the PA Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control, the PA Department of Education, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, we asked our parents to respond to a Parent Survey for Reopening Schools to provide their thoughts regarding returning to school and the Plan for Continuing Education that was provided when schools were closed in mid-March. Please expect changes in our practices when children and teens return to school in September.

Throughout the summer months, visit our website frequently for updates on our health and safety practices and what will be required of students, staff, parents, and community as we come together as a school community in September.

Best wishes for a safe and prosperous summer.

Eric J. Becoats, Ed.D.



Quick Links

WPSD Superintendent Update - August 12, 2020

Superintendent Talks - Reopening Schools July 6 & 7 Webinar Recordings

Dr. Eric J. Becoats Letter Concerning Recent Events

Introduction to the Entry Plan (Video)

Welcome Letter & Entry Plan

Forum for Superintendent Finalist Candidate (Video February 20, 2020)

Questions or Comments? Email Dr. Becoats at:


Maryellen Freeman
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
Phone: 610-284-8005 ext. 1236
Pamela A. Bookman
Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: 610-284-8005 ext. 1237
Andretta Bond
Receptionist/Secretary to the Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: 610-284-8000