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Parkland School District, Pennsylvania

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Parkland School District
Allentown, PA
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District Profile
Superintendent:Richard T. Sniscak
Graduation rate:95.4%
Number of schools:11
Budget: $135.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Roberta M. Marcus
Board members:9
Term length:4
Parkland School District is a school district in Pennsylvania that serves the city of Allentown. It is the 20th largest school district in Pennsylvania, serving 9,191 students in 11 schools.[1]

About the District

Parkland School District is located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Parkland School District is located in Lehigh County in Pennsylvania. According to the 2010 United States Census, Allentown is home to 118,974 residents.[2]


Allentown underperformed in comparison to the rest of Pennsylvania in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.4% of Allentown 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 Allentown was $35,737 compared to $52,267 for the state of Pennsylvania. The poverty rate in Allentown was 26.4% compared to 13.1% for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Allentown (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 58.5 81.9
Black or African American 12.5 10.8
American Indian and Alaska Native .8 0.2
Asian 2.2 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 5.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 42.8 5.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 53 45
2008 57 42
2004 51 48
2000 50 46

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.[4][5]


Richard T. Sniscak was appointed as superintendent of Parkland School District in February 2011. Sniscak is a 1984 graduate of the Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina, where he majored in Math and Education Sniscak earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility Certificate from Lehigh University in 2004. He taught math for 10 years in the Allentown City School District and served as an Assistant to the High School Principal for one year. In 1995, he was appointed as Parkland’s Athletic Director and Assistant to the Principal and, in 2001, Mr. Sniscak became the Principal of Parkland High School. He was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the District in March 2009.[6]

School board

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

Pocono Mountain School District
Barry Long At-large 2017
Robert M. Cohen At-large 2017
Mark A. Hanichak At-large 2017
David J. Hein At-large 2017
Roberta M. Marcus At-large 2015
David M. Kennedy At-large 2015
Lisa A. Adams At-large 2015
Robert E. Bold At-large 2015
Jef Reyburn At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Parkland School District elections (2013)

Members of the Parkland 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 Parkland 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. 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 and taxpayers to comment on matters of concern, official action or deliberation before the Board prior to official action by the Board.

The Board shall require that all public comments related to agenda items be made at the beginning of each meeting and all public comments related to non-agenda items be made at the end of each session.

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.

4. Guidelines The presiding officer shall be guided by the following rules:

  • Public participation shall be permitted only as indicated on the order of business in the Board procedures, and at the discretion of the presiding officer on a given issues.
  • 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 district's organization structure.
  • The Board requires that public participants be district taxpayers or residents, anyone representing a group in the community or school district, any representative of a firm eligible to bid on materials or services solicited by the Board, or any district employee or student.
  • All persons wishing to participate in a public Board meeting shall register their intent with the Board Secretary in advance of the meeting and include the name and address of the participant; group affiliation, if appropriate; and topic to be addressed. On the day of the meeting, all persons wishing to participate shall register their intent on the yellow form obtained at the registration table.
  • Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and must preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address and group affiliation, if appropriate.
  • Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to three (3) minutes duration, which will be enforced at the discretion of the presiding officer.
  • 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 officer; no participant may address or question Board members individually.
  • 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; and call a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to warrant such action.

Electronic recording devices and cameras, in addition to those used as official recording devices, may be permitted at meetings under guidelines established by the Board. These guidelines can be found in policy 903.1.

No placards or banners will be permitted within the meeting room without prior approval.

The meeting agenda and all pertinent documents shall be posted and distributed to the press and public at the meetings [9]


The table below displays the budget for Parkland School District.[10][11]

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
2013-2014 $97,745,547 75.6% $15,567,369 12% $13,585,703 10.5% $0.00 0% $436,046 0.3% $129,233,623
2014-2015 $92,068,438 67.9% $14,944,493 11% $12,152,110 9% $0.00 0% $16,527,107 12.2% $135,692,148
Averages: $94,906,992.5 72% $15,255,931 12% $12,868,906.5 10% $0 0% $8,481,576.5 6% $132,462,885.5

Teacher salaries

Parkland School District employed 598 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 Parkland Education Association:[12]

Parkland Teacher Salaries
Salary structure Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 48,671 49,671
MA 55,980 77,778
MA + 15 49,480 81,278
MA + 30 62,980 84,778
MA + 45 66,480 88,278
MA + 60 69,980 91,778
D 73,480 95,278

Schools in Parkland School District


The district served 9,191 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. It has not published more recent enrollment statistics. The district experienced an 1.0% increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:

Total enrollment[13]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 9,186
2008-2009 9,306 1.3
2009-2010 9,292 -0.15
2010-2011 9,354 0.66
2011-2012 9,285 -0.73

District schools

Parkland School District operates 11 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Parkland School District
Cetronia Elementary School
Fogelsville Elementary School
Fred Jaindl Elementary School
Ironton Elementary School
Kernsville Elementary School
Kratzer Elementary School
Orefield Middle School
Parkland High School
Parkway Manor Elementary School
Schnecksville Elementary School
Springhouse Middle 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.[15] Parkland School District made AYP in 2011 and 2012.[16]

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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Parkland School District

1210 Springhouse Road
Allentown, PA 18104

Phone: (610)-351-5503

Website evaluation

Taxes N
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Budget P
Meetings P
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Contracts N
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Audits N
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Public Records
Academics P
Background Checks

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • The 2006-2007 District report card is published.[17]
  • A budget overview is published.[18]
  • The names and contact information for all administrative officials are published.[19]
  • Information on required background checks is provided.[20]
  • Information on public records is provided.[21]
  • The names and contact information for all school board members are published.[22]
  • School board meeting schedules and minutes are published.[23][24]

The bad

  • The complete budget is not published.
  • Current district report cards are not published.
  • School board meeting agendas are not provided.
  • There is no information on contracts, audits, taxes, and lobbying.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Parkland School District, "Home," accessed January 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Allentown," accessed August 6, 2013
  3. Lehigh County, "Election Results," accessed August 6, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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.
  6. Parkland School District, "Richard T. Sniscak Appointed New Parkland Superintendent," accessed January 24, 2014
  7. Parkland School District, "School Board Members," accessed January 24, 2014
  8. Parkland School District, "Policies," accessed January 24, 2014 (dead link)
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Parkland School District, "Final Budget Handout 2013," accessed December 2, 2013
  11. Parkland School District, "General Fund Budget Fiscal Year 2014-2015," accessed December 15, 2014
  12. OpenPAGov.org, "Union Contracts," accessed January 24, 2014
  13. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed January 24, 2014
  14. Parkland School District, "Schools," accessed January 24, 2014
  15. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
  16. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Parkland SD AYP Report Card," accessed January 24, 2014
  17. Academic Performance (dead link)
  18. Budget (dead link)
  19. Administration
  20. Background checks
  21. Public records (dead link)
  22. School Board
  23. Schedules
  24. Minutes