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Central Dauphin School District, Pennsylvania

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Central Dauphin School District
Dauphin County, PA
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Carol Johnson
Enrollment:10,740 students
Graduation rate:91%
Number of schools:19
Budget: $168.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Ford S. Thompson
Board members:9
Term length:4
Central Dauphin School Distirct is a school district in Pennsylvania that serves eastern and central Dauphin County. It is one of the largest school districts in Pennsylvania, serving 10,740 students in 19 schools.

About the district


Central Dauphin School District is located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Central Dauphin School District covers eastern and central Dauphin County, which is located in central-eastern Pennsylvania. The county has a population of 269,665.[1]


The county is consistent with the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (88.7%) is slightly higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is consistent in Dauphin County (27.0%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Daupin County is $53,771 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Dauphin County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 74.6 83.5
Black or African American 18.6 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.3
Asian 3.5 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.8 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.5 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 52.4 46.4
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 45.62 53.87
2000 44.10 53.28

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[3][4]


The current superintendent of Central Dauphin School District is Dr. Carol Johnson. Johnson was named superintendent in 2012. Johnson majored in math at Shippensburg University before going to work, first as a secretary for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, then as a bookkeeper at the Arkansas Bankers Association. After being a stay at home mom for a few years, Johnson returned to work as assistant principal at Central Dauphin High School for five years. She then went on to become principal at Linglestown Middle School for four years and Central Dauphin High School for three years.[5]

School board

Central Dauphin schools are overseen by a nine-member board elected to four-year terms. The current members are:[6]

Central Dauphin School District
Member District Term Ends
Jay Wenger Region 1 2015
Brian Faleshock Region 1 2017
Erin Grady Region 1 2017
Eric Epstein Region 2 2017
Kristine Leber Region 2 2015
Janis M. Macut Region 2 2015
Ford S. Thompson Region 3 2015
Chris Judd Region 3 2017
Stephen Smith Region 3 2015

School board elections

See also: Central Dauphin School District elections (2013)

Members of the Central Dauphin School District are elected to four-year terms. 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 are up for election in November 2017.


The table below displays the budget for Central Dauphin School District:[7][8][9]

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 $96,020,401 61.7% $15,877,731 10.2% $25,905,648 16.6% $16,147,252 10.4% $1,734,718 1.1% $155,685,750
2013-2014 $101,078,203 62.2% $16,809,740 10.3% $26,806,046 16.5% $16,009,077 9.9% $1,765,317 1.1% $162,468,383
2014-2015 $106,421,279 63.3% $16,949,179 10.1% $27,963,218 16.6% $15,122,735 9% $1,779,736 1.1% $168,236,147
Averages: $101,173,294.33 62% $16,545,550 10% $26,891,637.33 17% $15,759,688 10% $1,759,923.67 1% $162,130,093.33

Teacher salaries

Central Dauphin School District does not publicly release the salary schedule of its teachers.

Schools in Central Dauphin


Central Dauphin School District serves 10,740 students in 19 schools. The district has experienced fluctuating in enrollment in recent years.

Total enrollment[10]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 10,956
2008-2009 10,960 +.04
2009-2010 10,900 -.55
2010-2011 10,937 +.34
2011-2012 10,382 -5.34
2012-2013 10,740 +3.33

District schools

Central Dauphin School District operates 19 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Central Dauphin School District
Central Dauphin East High School
Central Dauphin East Middle School
Central Dauphin High School
Central Dauphin Middle School
Chambers Hill Elementary School
E.H. Phillips Elementary School
Lawnton Elementary School
Linglestown Elementary School
Linglestown Middle School
Middle Paxton Elementary School
Mountain View Elementary School
Northside Elementary School
Paxtang Elementary School
Paxtonia Elementary School
Rutherford Elementary School
Southside Elementary School
Swatara Middle School
Tri-Community Elementary School
West Hanover 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.[12]

District AYP scores[13]
Performance Indicators 2011 2012
Attendance Y
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Graduation Rate Y
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Academic Performance Y
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Test Preparation Y
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Central Dauphin School District has faced some financial issues in recent years, making the budget and financial responsibility of the district a priority in the 2013 election cycle. The financial problems include paying higher pension costs in the coming years, similar to other districts statewide. For the 2012-13 school year, the district cut some programs, furloughed staff and raised property taxes by 3.3 percent. Multiple teachers, however, were recalled after the district had an influx of more than 200 students last summer.[14]


Central Dauphin School District has had issues with buses in the district for the past few years. There has been tension between the district and its bus drivers regarding the board's decision to outsource transportation to an Illinois bus company in 2009.[15] In 2012, parents raised issues with overcrowding on the buses. District representatives claimed the problem was addressed following the first week of the 2012 school year, but Eric Epstein, who represents the drivers union, said that problems persisted after that first week.[16]

Contact information

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School Board
600 Rutherford Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17109
Phone: (717) 545-470

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Background Checks

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Transparency grading process

Website evaluation

Last rated on April 6, 2009.

The good

  • The names and contact information for all school board members are available.[17]
  • School board meeting schedules, minutes, and agendas are published.[18][19]
  • Information on public records is provided.[20]
  • Information on taxes is provided.[21]
  • Information on contracts is provided.[22]
  • Information on required background checks is provided.[23]
  • The names and contact information for all administrative officials is provided.[24]

The bad

  • The current budget is not published.
  • There is no information provided on audits, academic performance, and lobbying.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Bucks County," accessed August 20, 2013" (dead link)
  2. The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed August 9, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  5. "The Patriot News," "Incoming Central Dauphin School District Superintendent Carol Johnson prepares to take office July 13," accessed August 21, 2013
  6. "Central Dauphin School Distirct," "Board of School Directors," accessed August 21, 2013
  7. Central Dauphin School District, "2014-2015 PDE-2028 Final General Fund Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  8. Central Dauphin School District, "2013-2014 PDE-2028 Final General Fund Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  9. Central Dauphin School District, "2012-2013 PDE-2028 Final General Fund Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  10. "Pennsylvania Department of Education," "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed August 21, 2013
  11. "Central Dauphin School District," "Select a School," accessed August 21, 2013
  12. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
  13. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Central Dauphin SD AYP Report Card," accessed August 21, 2013
  14. "The Patriot News," "Central Dauphin School Board hopefuls present priorities for spending, cutting costs: Primary focus," Access August 21, 2013
  15. "The Patriot News," "Central Dauphin School District, bus drivers spar about overcrowding," accessed August 2013
  16. "," "Parents say Central Dauphin school buses are overcrowded," accessed August 21, 2013
  17. School Board
  18. Schedule
  19. Agendas and Minutes (dead link)
  20. Public records
  21. Taxes (dead link)
  22. Purchasing Department
  23. Background checks
  24. Administrators