Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Texas are holding elections next week. Find out what's on your ballot in our latest report.

Hazleton Area School District, Pennsylvania

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Hazleton Area School District
Hazleton, PA
Hazleton Area SD.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Francis X. Antonelli
Enrollment:10,301 students
Graduation rate:82%
Number of schools:10
Budget: $133.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Brian Earley
Board members:9
Term length:4
Hazelton Area School Distirct is a school district in Pennsylvania that serves portions of Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon Counties. It is one of the largest school districts in Pennsylvania, serving 10,301 students in 12 schools.

About the district


Hazleton Area School District covers portions of Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon Counties.
Hazleton Area School District covers portions of Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon Counties. The large district is centered on the city of Hazleton in Luzerne County. Hazleton has a population of 25,224.[1]


The county underperforms with the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (77.9%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also lower in Hazleton (12.2%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Hazleton is $33,964 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Hazleton (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 69.4 83.5
Black or African American 4.0 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 0.8 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 3.4 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 37.3 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 51.7 46.8
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 51.15 47.75
2000 43.76

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 percent. 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.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


Hazleton Area School Board named Francis X. Antonelli as superintendent in February of 2013. Antonelli was previously a principal and deputy superintendent before being appointed interim superintendent in September 2011, when then-Superintendent Samuel Marolo began a year-long leave of absence preceding his retirement.[4]

School board

Hazleton Area schools are overseen by a nine-member board elected to four-year terms. The current members are:[5]

Central Dauphin School District
Brian Earley At-Large 2015
Bob Mehalick At-Large 2017
Anthony Bohomo At-Large 2015
Robert Child, M.D. At-Large 2015
James G. Chapman At-Large 2017
Clarence John At-Large 2017
Robert Wallace At-Large 2015
Marfy Yanac At-Large 2015
Jared M. O'Donnell At-Large 2017

School board elections

See also: Hazleton Area School District elections (2013)

Members of the Hazleton Area 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 Hazleton Area School District.[6][7]

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 $74,757,390 62.5% $30,648,253 25.6% $801,898 0.7% $0 0% $13,472,159 11.3% $119,679,700
2013-2014 $76,378,978 61.8% $32,317,452 26.2% $748,236 0.6% $0 0% $14,052,707 11.4% $123,497,373
2014-2015 $83,192,476 62.5% $10,858,910 8.2% $11,422,196 8.6% $12,965,517 9.7% $14,771,952 11.1% $133,211,051
Averages: $78,109,614.67 62% $24,608,205 20% $4,324,110 3% $4,321,839 3% $14,098,939.33 11% $125,462,708

Schools in district


Hazleton Area School District serves 10,301 students in ten schools. The district has maintained consistent enrollment.

Total enrollment[8]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 10,474
2008-2009 10,265 -.0204%
2009-2010 10,314 +.0048%
2010-2011 10,301 -.0013%
2011-2012 10,337 +.0039%
2012-2013 10,301 -.0035%

District schools

Hazleton Area School District operates ten schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Hazleton Area School District
Arthur Street Elementary
Drums Elementary-Middle School
Freeland Elementary-Middle School
Hazle Building-Ninth Grad Center
Hazleton Area High School
Hazleton Elementary-Middle Schools
Heights Elementary-Middle School
McAdoo-Kelayres Elementary/Middle School
Valley Elementary-Middle School
West Hazleton Elementary-Middle Schools

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.[10]

District AYP scores[11]
Performance Indicators 2011 2012
Attendance Y
600px-Yes check.png
600px-Yes check.png
Graduation Rate N
600px-Red x.png
600px-Yes check.png
Academic Performance Y
600px-Yes check.png
600px-Red x.png
Test Preparation Y
600px-Yes check.png
600px-Yes check.png
Meetings P
Elected Officials N
600px-Red x.png
Administrative Officials
Contracts P
Public Records N
600px-Red x.png
Background Checks N
600px-Red x.png

School district websitesGuide.png
Transparency grading process

School website evaluation

The good

  • The current budget is published.[12]
  • Audit Reports are published.[13]
  • Tax information is published.[14]
  • Current district report cards are published.[15]
  • School board meeting schedules and agendas are published.[16][17]
  • Bid requests and results are published.[18]
  • The names and contact information for all administrative officials are provided.[19]

The bad

  • Complete contracts are not published.
  • School board meeting minutes are not published.
  • The names and contact information for school board members are not provided.
  • There is no information on background checks, public records, and lobbying.

Contact information

Hazleton Area SD.jpeg
Hazleton Area School District Board of Education

1515 West 23rd Street Hazle Township, PA 18202-1647

Phone: (570) 459-3111 Ext. 3101

External links