Meet the Superintendent

 

Brian Dietz is starting his 14th year as a Superintendent and his seventh year here at Centennial.  During his tenure, the District passed the largest capital levy in history, an approximately $50 million ask in 2014, which renovated and reimagined all of the schools in the District.  In addition, Centennial built the first Early Childhood Learning Center to meet the needs of our youngest learners.  Coupled with the 2014 levy was a $22 million question in 2018 that addressed our key needs including enclosing the outdoor hallway at the High School.  By the end of the 2020 calendar year, the District will complete approximately $100 million worth of projects ensuring that the facility and equipment needs are met for the District’s long term future.  

On the operational side, the District passed the longest and largest operational levies in 2015 and 2018.  These dollars were used to support programs, staffing, and help to address the equitable funding disparity for Centennial, a cause which we lobby for every year.  Beyond these milestones, the District has fully implemented its new brand which can be seen throughout our communities. The District has successfully embarked on a new Strategic Plan that addresses engagement, equity, lobbying, and professional development, and an overall sense of growing the District to higher levels of success. Centennial has won six national awards, 11 state awards, and has been asked to present its many accomplishments at local, state, and national levels. With vibrant university and business partnerships, new initiatives, and the continued high academic achievement, Centennial Schools is a destination for all learners. 

Prior to coming to Centennial, Dietz served as the Superintendent in Waseca for three years.  While there, the District passed a levy that added value and built a strong financial portfolio for future success.  In addition, the District wrote its first Strategic Plan, accomplishing all of the goals prior to his departure.  Furthermore, the District rebranded itself and re-energized community pride in the schools.  Finally, Dietz helped lead the development of a regional training consortium that spurred rich, collaborative professional development for staff. 

Before that, Dietz worked in California as a Superintendent, a Middle School and High School administrator, and a teacher. He also was an Adjunct Faculty member for Chapman University/Brandman University for approximately nine years instructing in the teaching and administrative programs. 

Dietz has presented at numerous regional, state, and national conferences.  He and his family are in the Centennial Schools and reside in the community.  When asked about what the best part of the Centennial is, he quickly states it is the people.  That's the fundamental reason why Centennial is a great place to be. 

WE ARE CENTENNIAL!