Central Bucks School District, Pennsylvania

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Central Bucks School District
Bucks County, PA
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District Profile
Superintendent:David Weitzel
Enrollment:20,432
Graduation rate:99%
Number of schools:23
Budget: 290,683,982
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Stephen Corr
Board members:9
Term length:4

Central Bucks School District is one of 105 Pennsylvania school districts in Pennsylvania. It is the third largest district in Pennsylvania with an enrollment of 20,432 students.

About the district

Location

Central Bucks School District is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Central Bucks School District covers the boroughs of Chalfont, Doylestown and New Britain and Buckingham Township, Doylestown Township, New Britain Township, Plumstead Township, Warrington Township, and Warwick Township in Bucks County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. The county has a population of 627,053.[1]

Demographics

The county outperforms the state in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (92.4%) is higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Bucks County (34.7%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Bucks County is $76,019 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Bucks County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 90.1 83.5
Black or African American 3.9 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.3
Asian 4.3 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.6 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.0 48.8
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 51.1 48.3
2000 46.29


Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]

Superintendent

The district's current superintendent is David Weitzel. The school board appointed Weitzel in July of 2013 after it was decided former superintendent Rodney Green, who had been in the post for nine months, was not a good match for the district. Weitzel has worked as the assistant superintendent for elementary education for the past seven years.[4]

School Board Members

The Bethlehem Area schools are overseen by a nine-member board elected to four-year terms. The current members are:Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many

Central Bucks School District School Board
MEMBER REGION TERM ENDS
James R. Duffy Region I 2015
Kelly E. Unger Region II 2015
Joseph M. Jagelka Region III 2015
Jerel P. Wohl Region IV 2017
Paul B. Faulkner Region V 2017
R. Tyler Tomlinson Region VI 2015
Stephen Corr Region VII 2017
Geryl D. McMullin Region VIII 2015
John Gamble Region IX 2017

School board elections

See also: Central Bucks School District elections (2013)

Members of the Central Bucks 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. Central Bucks is divided in nine voting regions, each of which includes or more municipal voting regions. Five seats are up for election in November 2015 and four seats are up for election in November 2017.[5]

Budget

The Central Bucks School District's budget is published on its website.[6]

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
2012-2013 $160,711,235 55.3% $5,882,784 2% $89,417,947 30.8% $0 0% $34,672,016 11.9% $290,683,982
Averages: $160,711,235 55% $5,882,784 2% $89,417,947 31% $0 0% $34,672,016 12% $290,683,982

Schools in district

Enrollment

Total enrollment[7]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 20,357
2008-2009 20,364 +.0003
2009-2010 20,436 +.0033
2010-2011 20,432 -.0002
2011-2012 20,081 -.0174
2012-2013 20,432 +.0172

District Schools

Central Bucks School District operates 23 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[8]

Central Bucks Schools
Bridge Valley Elementary School
Buckingham Elementary School
Central Bucks High School East
Central Bucks High School South
Central Bucks High School West
Cold Spring Elementary School
Doyle Elementary School
Gayman Elementary School
Groveland Elementary School
Holicong Middle School
Jamison Elementary School
John Barclay Elementary School
Lenape Middle School
Linden Elementary School
Mill Creek Elementary School
Paul W. Kutz Elementary School
Pine Run Elementary School
Simon Butler Elementary School
Tamanend Middle School
Titus Elementary School
Tohickon Middle School
Unami Middle School
Warwick Elementary School

Academic Performance

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.[9]


Central Bucks School District performance for years 2011 and 2012.[10]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2011 2012
Attendance Y
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Y
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Graduation Rate Y
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Y
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Academic Performance Y
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Y
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Test Preparation Y
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Y
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Salaries & Pension

  • The 2011-12 budget indicates that the largest district expenditure, $144,183,542 in salaries, accounts for 50.2 percent. The $63,238,378 spent on benefits accounts for 22 percent of the budget.
  • For the 2011-12 budget, contribution rates into the PSERS Retirement Fund will increase from 5.64 percent to 8.65 percent. This will increase retirement costs by 54 percent.
Year Salaries Benefits Percent change
2010-11 $144,375,608 $59,206,378 -0.13%
2011-12 $144,183,542 $63,238,378 6.81%


Last reviewed: December 12, 2011

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Taxes Y
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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials N
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Contracts N
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Audits N
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Public Records Y
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Academics Y
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Background Checks Y
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Transparency grading process

School website evaluation

The good

  • Board of Directors is listed, including email address and phone contact.[11]
  • Board od Director meeting schedule is published.[12]
  • The Board of Directors policies are published.[13]
  • Board minutes and agendas are published.[14]
  • Open records forms and policies are available.[15]
  • The budget is published.[16]
  • Limited salary information is available in the budget as an aggregate figure, not specific salary amounts.[17]
  • Tax information is published.[18]

The bad

  • Administrative officials are not published.
  • NCLB district report card link does not return any results.
  • No audit is available.
  • No purchasing/bid contract information is available or searchable.
  • Teacher contracts are unavailable.

Contact Information

Administration Center (ADC): 267-893-2000

Educational Services Center (ESC): 267-893-2000

Operations Center (OPS): 267-893-4020

Transportation Department (OPS): 267-893-4000

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Bucks County," accessed August 13, 2013"
  2. The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed August 9, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. "phillyburbs.com," "Central Bucks appoints acting superintendent," accessed August 13, 2012
  5. "Central Bucks School District," "Board election procedures," accessed August 13, 2013
  6. http://www.cbsd.org/cms/lib07/PA01916442/Centricity/domain/64/2012-13%20budget/2013%202014%20budget/Final%2013-14%20budget.pdf Central Bucks School District, "Final General Fund Budget," accessed August 15, 2013]
  7. "Pennsylvania Department of Education," "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed August 6, 2013
  8. Central Bucks School District, "Home Page" accessed August 15, 2013
  9. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
  10. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Central Bucks SD AYP Report Card," accessed August 9, 2013
  11. Board 2010-2011.pdf Board of Directors
  12. Notice of Committee Meetings.pdf Board Meetings
  13. BOD policies
  14. Board minutes and agendas
  15. Open Records
  16. 2011-12 Budget
  17. Salary expenditures
  18. [%7B|class=wikitable !Name !Board of Education Role !Election Year |- Tax information]