In a special board meeting last night, the Dieterich Unit #30 School Board named Mr. Josh Benefiel their next elementary principal. Mr. Benefiel comes to Dieterich School with a well-rounded administrative and teaching career. He started his career in Lawrenceville as a teacher and coach where he quickly learned the impact his positive demeanor could have on a child. Over the past three years, Mr. Benefiel has served as an assistant principal in the Jasper County school district, where he has continued to flourish and been given many opportunities to impact their students, grades K-12. Mr. Benefiel’s personality, demeanor and exceptional experience will continue to build Dieterich Schools as a well-respected institute of choice in this area.

The school board and administration would like to thank Kathy Pattenaude for 15 years of dedicated service as elementary principal and congratulate her on the many awards and accomplishments the school has received under her leadership.

Also, the school board and administration would like to thank the many applicants that showed interest in working for the district. Dieterich School was blessed with a deep and talented applicant pool that made this decision an especially difficult one to make.

Dieterich Unit #30 School Board and Administration look forward to working with Mr. Benefiel to fulfill the goals of the school:

Continued high test scores and strong special education program focusing on the whole student

Strong community and parental relationships to ensure maximum support of the success of the students

A technology balanced curriculum that builds a solid foundation for the transition to Jr High/High School

The school board and administration are very excited to see Mr. Benefiel’s contributions to the successful future of the Dieterich School District.