Allentown City School District, Pennsylvania
|Allentown City School District|
|Superintendent:||C. Russel Mayo|
|Number of schools:||23|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Robert E. Smith, Jr.|
- 1 About the District
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School Board Members
- 4 Budget
- 5 Schools in District
- 6 Academic Performance
- 7 Issues
- 8 Public employee salaries
- 9 The good
- 10 The bad
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the District
Allentown underperforms in educational achievement and median household income compared to the rest of the state. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (75.2%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%). The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also lower in Allentown (16.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Allentown is $35,737 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.
The current Superintendent of Allentown City School District is C. Russel Mayo. Mayo earned his masters and doctorate at the University of Virginia in Educational Leadership with a minor in school law and curriculum. He became superintendent of the Allentown School District in August of 2011 after serving as Deputy Superintendent for seven years. Prior to becoming Deputy Superintendent in Allentown, he was assistant professor at Lehigh University for five years. Mayo has previously served in public school districts across the nation as a classroom teacher, a high school and middle school principal, an associate superintendent, and a superintendent.
School Board Members
The Allentown City schools are overseen by a nine-member board elected to four-year terms. The current members are:
|Allentown City School District School Board|
|Robert E. Smith, Jr.||At-Large||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Allentown City School Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Five seats are up for election in November 2015 and four seats are up for election in November 2017.
Allentown City School District publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Schools in District
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Allentown City Schools operates 20 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Allentown City Schools|
|Central Elementary School|
|Cleveland Elementary School|
|Frances D. Raub Middle School|
|Hiram Dobb Elementary School|
|Jefferson Elementary School|
|Lehigh Parkway Elementary School|
|Lincoln Elementary School|
|Louis E. Dieruff high School|
|McKinley Elementary School|
|Mosser Elementary School|
|Muhlenberg Elementary School|
|Ramos Elementary School|
|Ritter Elementary School|
|Roosevelt Elementary School|
|Sheridan Elementary School|
|South Mountain Middle School|
|Union Terrace Elementary School|
|Washington Elementary School|
|William Allen High School|
Adequate Yearly Progress
Academic performance for the district is available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports are measurements defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act that allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. AYP in Pennsylvania measures student results for three indicators: attendance (for schools without a high school graduating class) or graduation rate (for schools with a high school graduating class), academic performance; and test participation. In order to be proficient in attendance, schools much achieve a 90% attendance rate or meet a target set in the previous year. The graduation rate measure has a goal of 85%, or a 10% reduction of the difference between the previous year's graduation rate and 85%. For academic performance, the state goals for the 2011-2012 school year were 78% of students scoring at proficient or higher in mathematics and 81% of students scoring at proficient or higher in reading. For test preparation, at least 95% of all students in each subgroup must take the test.
Allentown City School District performance for years 2011 and 2012.
|District AYP scores|
In June of 2013, the district formally notified about 100 teachers that they were laid off due to decreased district sizes across the state and the district's large budget deficit. This action occurred despite teacher rallies and parent protests. The district faced a deficit of as much as a $22.4 million budget shortfall when officials began reviewing their spending plan in January. With the job eliminations and tax increase, the current budget still includes a roughly $9 million deficit.
In October of 2012, the school board voted to hire a director of public relations, despite this issues with her high salary, with a 6-3 vote. The dissenting voters believed an annual salary of $87,897 was too high, especially at a time of financial challenges for the district. This news came after teacher salary freezes and discussion of extensive teacher lay-offs due to a large budget deficit.
Public employee salaries
- Main article: Allentown City School District employee salaries
|Transparency grading process|
This website was most recently evaluated on 5 Feb 2012.
- Board agendas & minutes are published.
- Board members are published.
- Board policies are published.
- Administrative officials are published.
- Audit information is available.
- Public records are available.
- Academic performance standards are published.
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- Background check policy information is not available.
- Allentown City School District elections (2013)
- Pennsylvania school districts
- List of school districts in Pennsylvania
- Lehigh County, Pennsylvania ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, Pennsylvania
- "Allentown City School District," "District Profile" Accessed August 6, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Allentown," accessed August 6, 2013
- Lehigh County, "Election Results," accessed August 6, 2013
- "Allentown City School District," "Superintendent" Accessed August 6, 2013
- "Allentown City School District," "School Board" Accessed August 6, 2013
- "Allentown City School District," "School Board Policies" Accessed August 6, 2013
- Allentown City School District, "Final Operating Budget 2011-2012," accessed November 25, 2013
- "Pennsylvania Department of Education," "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed August 6, 2013
- Allentown City School District "All Schools" Accessed August 6, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Allentown AYP Report Card," accessed August 6, 2013
- "Lehigh Valley," "Allentown School District notifies 99 teachers they are laid off," accessed August 6, 2013
- "Lehigh Valley," "Allentown school district hires communications director despite salary concerns," accessed August 6, 2013
- Board agendas & minutes
- Board members
- Board policies
- Department officials
- Public records
- ASD Report Card
- AllenTown School District -- Finance
- Board calendar