Downingtown Area School District, Pennsylvania
|Downingtown Area School District|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Lawrence Mussoline|
|Number of schools:||16|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Jane Bertone|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Dowingtown Area School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtChester County, Pennsylvania. The county seat of Chester County is West Chester. According to the 2010 US Census, Chester County is home to 506,575 residents.
Chester County outperformed the rest of Pennsylvania in terms of its average median rates of household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Chester County was $86,264 compared to $51,651 for the state of Pennsylvania. The poverty rate in Chester County was 6.1% compared to 12.6% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 48.1% of Chester County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.7% in Pennsylvania.
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.
Dr. Lawrence Mussoline has been the superintendent of Downingtown Area School District since 2009. Mussoline has worked in various positions of Pennsylvania public education since 1979. He was previously the superintendent at Wilson School District and Pine Grove Area School District. Mussoline has also served as a college professor, a principal, an assistant principal, a coach and a teacher.
The Downingtown Area School Board is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.
|Pocono Mountain School District|
|Jackie Fenn||Region 1||2015|
|Barbara Hurt-Simmons||Region 2||2017|
|Carl K. Croft||Region 3||2015|
|Bob Yorczyk||Region 4||2017|
|Colleen Cranney||Region 5||2015|
|Suzanne DiVito Simonelli||Region 6||2017|
|Jane Bertone||Region 7||2015|
|Barbara Albright||Region 8||2017|
|Jaime Mehler||Region 9||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Downingtown Area 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 Downingtown Area School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
Whenever issues identified by the participant are subject to remediation under policies and procedures of the Board, they shall be dealt with in accordance with those policies and procedures.
The Board requires that public participants be:
All individuals wishing to participate in a public Board meeting shall register their intent with the Board Secretary 10 days in advance of the meeting and shall include the name and address of the participant, topic to be addressed and group affiliation.
Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and must preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address and group affiliation if applicable.
Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to 5 minutes duration.
No participant may speak more than once on the same topic, unless all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard.
All statements shall be directed to the presiding office; no participant may address or question Board members individually.
The presiding officer may
The portion of the meeting during which participation of the public is invited shall be limited to 40 minutes – unless a special exception has been made in advance of the meeting by the Board.
Electronic recording devices and cameras, other than those used as official recording devices, shall be permitted at public meetings under guidelines established by the Board.
No placards or banners will be permitted within the meeting room without prior approval.
The meeting agenda and all pertinent documents shall be distributed to the press and public at the meetings. 
Downingtown Area School District published its annual budget on their district 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|
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 Downingtown Area Education Association:
|Pocono Mountain Teacher Salaries|
|Salary structure||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|BA + 24||47,700||72,965|
|MA + 15||51,300||86,767|
|MA + 30||52,400||87,917|
|MA + 45||53,400||88,817|
|MA + 60||54,500||90,017|
Schools in Dowingtown Area School District
The district served 11,779 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. It has not published more recent enrollment statistics. The district experienced an 0.62% decrease in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Downingtown Area School District operates 16 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Downingtown School District|
|Beaver Creek Elementary|
|Bradford Heights Elementary School|
|Brandywine Wallace Elementary School|
|Downington High School-West|
|Downingtown High School-East|
|Downingtown Middle School|
|Downingtown STEM Academy|
|East Ward Elementary School|
|Lionville Elementary School|
|Lionville Middle School|
|Pickering Valley Elementary School|
|Shamona Creek Elementary School|
|Springton Manor Elementary School|
|Uwchlan Hills Elementary School|
|West Bradford Elementary School|
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. Downingtown Area School District made AYP in 2011, but did not make AYP in 2012.
|District AYP scores|
126 Wallace Ave
Phone: (610) 269-8460
|Transparency grading process|
Last rated in April 2009.
- The names and contact information for all administrative officials are provided.
- The current budget is published.
- Information on taxes is provided.
- Information on bids is provided.
- School Employment contracts are posted.
- The names and contact information for all school board members are provided.
- Information on public records is provided.
- There is no information on lobbying, academic performance, background checks, and audits.
- Downingtown Area School District elections (2013)
- Pennsylvania school districts
- List of school districts in Pennsylvania
- School boards and school board elections
- Downingtown Area School District website
- Downingtown Area Education Association]
- Chester County
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- Downingtown Area School District, "Home," accessed January 9, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Chester County, Pennsylvania," accessed October 31, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Voter Registration Statistics," accessed October 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Linked In, "Larry Mussoline," accessed January 9, 2014
- Downingtown Area School District, "School Board," accessed January 9, 2014
- Downingtown Area School District, "Board Policies: Community," accessed January 9, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Downingtown Area School District, "Downingtown Area School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 5, 2013
- Downingtown Area School District, "Union Contract," accessed January 9, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed January 6, 2014
- Downingtown Area School District, "Schools," accessed January 9, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Downingtown Area SD AYP Report Card," accessed January 9, 2014
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