Parkland School District, Pennsylvania
|Parkland School District|
|Superintendent:||Richard T. Sniscak|
|Number of schools:||11|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Roberta M. Marcus|
- 1 About the District
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Parkland School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the DistrictLehigh County in Pennsylvania. According to the 2010 United States Census, Allentown is home to 118,974 residents.
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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.
The Parkland School Board is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.
|Pocono Mountain School District|
|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|
School board elections
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:
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BOARD MEETINGS
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:
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 
|Expenditures by Category|
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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:
|Parkland Teacher Salaries|
|Salary structure||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|MA + 15||49,480||81,278|
|MA + 30||62,980||84,778|
|MA + 45||66,480||88,278|
|MA + 60||69,980||91,778|
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Parkland School District operates 11 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|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|
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. Parkland School District made AYP in 2011 and 2012.
|District AYP scores|
1210 Springhouse Road
Allentown, PA 18104
|Transparency grading process|
- The 2006-2007 District report card is published.
- A budget overview is published.
- The names and contact information for all administrative officials are published.
- Information on required background checks is provided.
- Information on public records is provided.
- The names and contact information for all school board members are published.
- 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.
- Parkland School District elections (2013)
- Pennsylvania school districts
- List of school districts in Pennsylvania
- School boards and school board elections
- Parkland School District, "Home," accessed January 24, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Allentown," accessed August 6, 2013
- Lehigh County, "Election Results," accessed August 6, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Parkland School District, "Richard T. Sniscak Appointed New Parkland Superintendent," accessed January 24, 2014
- Parkland School District, "School Board Members," accessed January 24, 2014
- Parkland School District, "Policies," accessed January 24, 2014 (dead link)
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Parkland School District, "Final Budget Handout 2013," accessed December 2, 2013
- Parkland School District, "General Fund Budget Fiscal Year 2014-2015," accessed December 15, 2014
- OpenPAGov.org, "Union Contracts," accessed January 24, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed January 24, 2014
- Parkland School District, "Schools," accessed January 24, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Parkland SD AYP Report Card," accessed January 24, 2014
- Academic Performance (dead link)
- Budget (dead link)
- Background checks
- Public records (dead link)
- School Board