EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT
The East Penn School District Board of School Directors accepted the resignation of David F. Piperato, principal at Emmaus High School, at the March 27 meeting. The resignation is effective July 10.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder said at the end of the school term, Piperato will have served the East Penn School District for 10 years and will have 31 years in education.
“His leadership has been defined by curricular initiatives that have begun to move us from traditional to more progressive instruction,” Schilder said. “We look forward to continuing that movement with Mr. Piperato’s replacement. We wish Mr. Piperato the best and we are sure he will make us all proud.”
Piperato was approved as superintendent of the Pleasant Valley School District at their board meeting March 23.
In his resignation letter, Piperato said, “It has been an honor to serve the East Penn School District in the capacity of building leader and I am grateful to the many members of this school community who have supported my work throughout the last 10 years.”
In other business, board members discussed a proposed five year agreement between adidas America, Inc. and Emmaus High School.
In year one, the school will purchase and provide each team adidas products to wear. The agreement states half of the sports will be converted to the adidas attire in year one and the remainder would be converted in year two.
The school would receive $10,000 in promotional product at retail value each year of the agreement in years two through five.
The school would receive a 12 percent rebate on all purchased adidas products over $100,000 as well as three custom banners and one sublimated media backdrop free of charge.
Warm up jackets would be provided to all members and coaches of teams winning a state championship.
EHS, students and booster clubs would also be able to purchase adidas footwear, apparel, accessories and uniforms at discounted prices.
Board members questioned parts of the contract including “exclusive rights,” “rights of first refusal” and warranty language. There were questions about students being penalized for not wearing the uniforms.
Athletic Director Dennis Ramella and Team Sales Rep for addidas America, Inc. Tessa Kennedy answered the questions from the board.
Schilder said adidas approached the district to provide uniforms at a reduced rate. He said if approved, EHS would be the first high school in the Lehigh Valley to enter into an agreement like this which would save the district approximately $82,000.
During a request to address the board, resident Lynn Donches said she was leery about entering into a five year agreement, asked if there was a request for proposal issued and suggested jackets be given to kids - not staff.
Ramella said adidas is offering top of the line custom uniforms - not off the shelf uniforms.
Schilder said Under Armour also provided a proposal which offered a “percent off” for uniforms.
The adidas proposal was “much, much better,” Schilder said.
Schilder said he and his staff will review the proposal from adidas, make changes and clarifications if needed and present to the board a formal contract.