Council Rock School District, Pennsylvania

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Council Rock School District
Newtown, PA
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District Profile
Superintendent:Mark J. Klein
Graduation rate:97.8%
Number of schools:9
Budget: $207.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Richard Abramson, Esq.
Board members:9
Term length:4
Council Rock School District is a school district in Pennsylvania that serves the towns of Newtown, Upper Makefield, Wrightstown, Richboro, Holland and Churchville . It is the 10th largest school district in Pennsylvania, serving 11,278 students in 16 schools with an operating budget of $207.3 million.[1][2]

About the district

Council Rock School District is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Council Rock School District is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. According to the 2010 United States Census, Bucks County is home to 627,053 residents.[3]


Bucks County outperformed in comparison to the rest of Pennsylvania in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.7% of Bucks County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 27.0% for Pennsylvania as a whole. The median household income in Bucks County was $76,019 compared to $52,267 for the state of Pennsylvania. The poverty rate in Bucks County was 5.2% compared to 13.1% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
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[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.0 48.8
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 51.1 48.3
2000 46.3

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[5]


Mark J. Klein is the current superintendent of Council Rock School District. He has served as Council Rock’s superintendent since 2004. In 2012, the school board voted to extend his contract through June 2017. Under terms of that contract, Klein will be paid $196,000 per year. His salary will be revisited in 2015 or sooner, at the discretion of the board. If Klein decides to leave the district, the contract states he must give the board a minimum of 150 days notice.[6]

School board

The Council Rock School Board is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.[7]

Pocono Mountain School District
Richard Abramson Region 1 2015
Bill Foster Region 2 2015
Denise Brooks Region 3 2017
Wendi Thompson Region 4 2015
Jerold Grupp Region 5 2015
Mark Byelich Region 6 2017
Patty Sexton Region 7 2015
Andy Block Region 8 2017
Kyle Mckessy Region 9 2017

School board elections

See also: Council Rock School District elections (2013)

Members of the Council Rock School Board 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 seats are up for election in November 2017.

Public participation in board meetings

The Council Rock School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[8]

1. Purpose

The Board recognizes the value to school governance of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in Board meetings.

2. Authority

In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board will provide two (2) periods for public participation at every open meeting of the Board and will formulate rules to govern such public participation in Board meetings to include limiting public comment to no more than three (3) minutes per individual.

3. Delegation of Responsibility

The presiding officer at each public Board meeting will follow the rules of the Board for conduct of public meetings in accordance with this policy and Policy 006. The presiding officer shall be guided by the rules established by the Board.

4. Guidelines

Public participation shall be permitted only as indicated on the order of business in the Board Agenda, provided however, that the public may be afforded added time for public comment when an agenda item is added to the preprinted Board Agenda, prior to a vote by the Board.

All persons wishing to participate in a public Board meeting may be required to register their intent with the Board Secretary in advance of the meeting and include name and address of the participant, group affiliation, if appropriate, and topic to be addressed.

Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and must preface their comments by an announcement of their name and municipality of residence.

Visitors shall direct their comments to the President of the Board.

A visitor who may wish to distribute materials to the Board shall furnish those materials to a designated representative of the Board to include the Director of Business Affairs or Director of Secondary Education.

No participant may speak more than once on the same topic unless all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard.

The presiding officer may:

  • Interrupt or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant.
  • Request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum.
  • Request the assistance of law enforcement officers or district personnel in the removal of a disorderly person when that person's conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting.
  • Call a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum so interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to warrant such action.
  • The portion of the meeting during which the participation of the public is invited shall be limited.
  • The meeting agenda and all pertinent documents shall be available at the meetings and made available on the Council Rock web site (

Recording Devices

Electronic recording devices may be utilized during the time the meeting is in general session provided that:

  • Placement and/or operation of the recording device does not detract from the normal operation of the meeting.
  • The device is completely self-contained and self-powered.
  • No disruptive noises and/or lighting devices may be used to facilitate the recording.
  • Placement of the device does not deny a seat or other appropriate place of observation to anyone legally in attendance.
  • The Board Secretary shall note in the minutes the name of the person recording the meeting and the purpose of the recording as a reference point for future use.



Council Rock School District published its annual budget on its district website.[10][11][12][2]

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
2009-2010 $131,379,963 69% $10,590,886 5.6% $11,828,473 6.2% $14,499,874 7.6% $22,190,261 11.6% $190,489,457
2010-2011 $138,006,701 71.1% $13,385,696 6.9% $12,151,045 6.3% $15,821,526 8.1% $14,814,318 7.6% $194,179,286
2011-2012 $132,945,394 66.9% $22,262,820 11.2% $25,223,990 12.7% $17,035,321 8.6% $1,251,742 0.6% $198,719,267
2012-2013 $134,624,933 66.7% $22,648,438 11.2% $26,496,180 13.1% $17,050,000 8.4% $1,023,153 0.5% $201,842,704
2013-2014 $136,246,594 65.7% $24,025,942 11.6% $28,455,659 13.7% $17,522,266 8.5% $1,028,513 0.5% $207,278,974
Averages: $134,640,717 68% $18,582,756.4 9% $20,831,069.4 10% $16,385,797.4 8% $8,061,597.4 4% $198,501,937.6

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the current salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Council Rock Education Association:[13]

Pocono Mountain Teacher Salaries
Salary structure Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 44,248 79,605
B.A. + 12 48,673 85,069
B.A. + 24 53,099 90,536
MA 55,310 93,269
MA + 6 57,524 96,003
MA + 12 59,735 98,734
MA + 18 61,949 101,468
MA + 24 64,160 104,199
MA + 30 66,373 106,934

Schools in Council Rock School District


The district served 11,273 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. It has not published more recent enrollment statistics. The district experienced an 6.4% decrease in enrollment between 2007 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2012:

Total enrollment[14]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 12,529
2008-2009 12,368 -0.9
2009-2010 12,152 -1.7
2010-2011 11,882 -2.2
2011-2012 11,643 -2.0
2012-2013 11,278 -3.1

District schools

Council Rock School District operates 16 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Council Rock School District
Churchville Elementary School
Council Rock High School North
Council Rock High School South
Goodnoe Elementary School
Hillcrest Elementary School
Holland Elementary School
Holland Middle School
Maureen M. Welch Elementary School
Newtown Elementary School
Newtown Middle School
Richboro Elementary School
Richboro Middle School
Rolling Hills Elementary School
Sol Feinstone Elementary School
Wrightstown Elementary School

Academic performance

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance statistics for the district are available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports provide measurements defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine the academic performance of every public school and school district across the country. In Pennsylvania, AYP 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 on standardized tests 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 an 85% rate. 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 standardized tests.[16] Council Rock School District made AYP in 2011 and 2012.[17]

District AYP scores
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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Contact information

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Council Rock School District

30 N. Chancellor Street
Newtown, PA 18940

Phone: (215)-944-1000

Website Evaluation

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

This website was last evaluated on March 19, 2013.

The good

  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • The school notes which local taxes provide funding for the school.[18]
  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 2 years.[19]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 8 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 8 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting videos are available.[20]
  • Board policies are published.[21]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[22]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2010 are available.[23]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Superintendent. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
    • A public records form is provided by the Superintendent.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided..[24]
  • Academic
    • Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.[25]
  • Background check information is available.[26]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.

The bad

  • Budgets
    • Budgets are not archived for at least 3 years.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not archived for at least 3 years.
  • Background checks
    • The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are not posted online.
  • Salaries
    • Teacher salaries or collective bargaining statements are not provided.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Council Rock School District, "Home," accessed January 9, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Council Rock School District, "2014-2015 Final General Fund Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Bucks County, Pennsylvania," accessed January 9, 2014
  4. The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed August 9, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Newtown Patch, "Superintendent Klein to Serve Five More Years," January 20, 2012
  7. Council Rock School District, "School Board," accessed January 9, 2014
  8. Council Rock School District, "School Board Policies: Community," accessed January 9, 2013
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Council Rock School District, "Council Rock School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 5, 2013
  11. Council Rock School District, "2012-2013 Final Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  12. Council Rock School District, "2013-2014 Final General Fund Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  13. Council Rock School District, "AgreementBetweenCouncil Rock School District and Council Rock Education Association," accessed January 9, 2014
  14. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed January 9, 2014
  15. Council Rock School District, "Select a School," accessed January 9, 2014
  16. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
  17. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Council Rock SD AYP Report Card," accessed January 9, 2014
  18. Budget DocumentRevised72111.pdf Tax revenue and rates (dead link)
  19. 2011-12 Budget
  20. Board Meetings
  21. Board policies
  22. Board members
  23. Audit 2010
  24. Open Records Requests
  25. Council Rock District Report Card
  26. PROGRESS/818.pdf Background check policy (dead link)