Lancaster School District, Pennsylvania
|Lancaster School District|
|Superintendent:||Pedro A. Rivera|
|Number of schools:||21|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Stacey Marten|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Lancaster School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtLancaster County, Pennsylvania. According to the 2010 United States Census, Lancaster County is home to 526,823 residents.
Lancaster County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Pennsylvania in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.2% of Lancaster 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 Lancaster County was $55,816 compared to $52,267 for the state of Pennsylvania. The poverty rate in Lancaster County was 9.9% compared to 13.1% for the entire state.
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.
Pedro A. Rivera has been the superintendent of Lancaster School District since 2008. He was raised in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia and served in multiple roles in that community throughout his personal and professional life, which has been focused on urban education. Rivera has been a classroom teacher, a union staffer, an assistant principal, a principal and an executive director for the School District of Philadelphia. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Penn State University, Master's degree in education administration from Cheyney University and superintendent's letter of eligibility from Arcadia University. Rivera serves on a number of boards with in the Lancaster community, including the United Way, the Lancaster Economic Development Corporation, the Lancaster Homeless Coalition, LAS (Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents), PLUS (Pennsylvania League of Urban Schools) and AASA (American Association of School Administrators).
The Lancaster school board is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.
|Pocono Mountain School District|
|Linda Troublefield Owens||At-Large||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Lancaster 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 Lancaster school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
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. The Board also recognizes its responsibility for proper governance of the district and the need to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner.
2. Authority The Board shall establish guidelines to govern public participation in Board meetings necessary to conduct its meeting and to maintain order.
In order to permit fair and orderly expression of public comment, the Board shall provide an opportunity at each open meeting of the Board for residents, taxpayers, and staff to comment on matters of concern, official action or deliberation before the Board prior to official action by the Board.
If the Board determines there is not sufficient time at a meeting for public comments, the comment period may be deferred to the next regular meeting or to a special meeting occurring before the next regular meeting.
3. Delegation of Responsibility
The presiding officer at each public Board meeting shall follow Board policy for the conduct of public meetings. Where his/her ruling is disputed, it may be overruled by a majority of those Board members present and voting. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall provide each visitor to a Board meeting with a copy of the procedures to be followed regarding public participation in the meeting.
A resident or nonresident of the district, any member of the staff or an organization operating in the district may request the placement of a matter on the agenda provided the applicant files a written request with the Superintendent. To be acceptable, a written request should include the name, address and telephone number of the person or persons making the request, the name of the organization or group represented, if any, a statement of action to be requested of the Board, and pertinent background information leading to the request.
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 and the organizational structure of the district.
The Board recognizes its responsibility to conduct the business of the district in an orderly and efficient manner and will, therefore, require reasonable controls to regular public presentations to the Board. A person wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the President. S/He shall then identify him/herself and proceed with his/her comments as briefly as the subject permits and in accordance with this policy. The President is responsible for the orderly conduct of the meeting and shall rule on such matters as the time to be allowed for public discussion, the appropriateness of the subject being presented, and the suitability of the time for such a presentation. The Board as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.
The presiding officer may:
No placards or banners will be permitted within the meeting room.
The meeting agenda and all pertinent documents shall be available to the press and public at the meetings.
Broadcasting And Taping Of Board Meetings
Photographic and electronic audio and video broadcasting and recording devices may be used at regular and special Board meetings according to the following guidelines:
Lancaster 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|
Lancaster School District employed 990 teachers during the 2013-2014 school year. 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 Lancaster Education Association:
|Lancaster Teacher Salaries|
|Salary structure||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 8||43,457||67,062|
|B.A. + 16||43,457||68,437|
|B.A. + 24||45,061||69,429|
|MA + 15||48,460||74,466|
|MA + 30||49,329||75,769|
|MA + 45||50,323||77,258|
Schools in Lancaster School District
The district served 10,851 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. It has not published more recent enrollment statistics. The district experienced an 6.3% 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 (%)|
Lancaster School District operates 21 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Lancaster School District|
|Buchanan Elementary School|
|Burrowes Elementary School|
|Carter & MacRae Elementary School|
|Fulton Elementary School|
|Hamilton Elementary School|
|Hand Middle School|
|JP McCaskey High School|
|King Elementary School|
|Lafayette Elementary School|
|Lincoln Middle School|
|Martin Elementary School|
|McCaskey East High School|
|Price Elementary School|
|Reynolds Middle School|
|Ross Elementary School|
|Washington Elementary School|
|Wharton Elementary School|
|Wheatland Middle School|
|Wisckersham 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. Lancaster School District did not make AYP in 2011 and 2012.
|District AYP scores|
251 S. Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
|Transparency grading process|
Last rated in January 2010.
- The current budget is published.
- Bid requests and results are published.
- The names and contact information for all administrative officials are provided.
- The names of all school board members are published.
- Information on public records is provided.
- Information on required background clearances is provided.
- Contact information is not provided for school board members.
- Complete contracts are not published.
- There is no information on taxes, audits, academic performance, and lobbying.
- Lancaster School District, Pennsylvania election (2013)
- Pennsylvania school districts
- List of school districts in Pennsylvania
- School boards and school board elections
- Lancaster School District, "Home," accessed January 10, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," accessed January 10, 2014
- The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed August 9, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Franklin and Marshall College, "Leading the School District of Lancaster: What's at Stake in a Large Urban District," accessed January 13, 2014
- Lancaster School District, "Meet the Board," accessed January 13, 2014
- Lancaster School District, "Board Policies: Community," accessed January 13, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Lancaster School District, "Lancaster School District FISCAL YEAR: 2012-13," accessed December 11, 2013
- Open Gov PA, "Union Contracts," accessed January 13, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed January 13, 2014
- Lancaster School District, "Our Schools, accessed January 13, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Lancaster SD AYP Report Card," accessed January 6, 2014
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