Pennsbury School District, Pennsylvania

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Pennsbury School District
Fallsington, PA
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District Profile
Superintendent:Kevin J. McHugh
Graduation rate:90%
Number of schools:15
Budget: $174.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board members:9
Term length:4
Pennsbury School District is a school district in Pennsylvania. It serves 10,887 students in 15 schools with an operating budget of $174.8 million.[1]

About the district

Pennsbury School District is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Pennsbury School District serves Falls Township, Lower Makefield Township and Yardley, as well as portions of Morrisville, Newtown and Tullytown in Bucks County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. The county has a population of 627,053.[2]


The county outperforms the state in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (92.4%) is higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Bucks County (34.7%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Bucks County is $76,019 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Bucks County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 90.1 83.5
Black or African American 3.9 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.3
Asian 4.3 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.6 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.0 48.8
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 51.1 48.3
2000 46.3

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.[4]


Kevin J. McHugh has been the superintendent of Pennsbury School District since July 2011. McHugh received his B.A. and master's in music education from Temple University in 1978 and 1982 respectively. He received his Doctorate of education in 1999 from Lehigh University. Before becoming superintendent in Pennsbury School District, McHugh was the music teacher at Lower Moreland Township School District and Methacton High School, Assistant Principal at Arcola intermediate school, Principal at Pennwood Middle School, and Assistant Superintendent in Pennsbury.[5]

School Board Members

The Pennsbury School District school board is composed of nine member serving four year terms. The current members are:

Pennsbury School District
Debra Wachspress Region 1 2017
Joshua L. Waldorf Region 1 2017
Steve Kosmorsky Region 1 2015
Gary Sanderson Region 2 2015
John Palmer Region 2 2015
Jacqueline Redner Region 2 2015
Alison Smith Region 3 2017
Chris Cridge Region 3 2015
Debra E. DeBlasio Region 3 2017

School board elections

See also: Pennsbury School District elections (2013)

Members of the Pennsbury 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 are up for election in November 2015 and four are up for election in November 2017.


The table below displays the budget for Pennsbury School District.[6]

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
2010-2011 $124,956,634 74.7% $16,463,507 9.8% $1,712,557 1% $12,630,611 7.5% $11,621,977 6.9% $167,385,277
2011-2012 $127,557,757 73.8% $18,526,657 10.7% $2,097,785 1.2% $13,714,871 7.9% $10,909,930 6.3% $172,803,000
2012-2013 $128,451,885 73.4% $18,819,275 10.8% $1,910,881 1.1% $13,840,039 7.9% $11,869,920 6.8% $174,892,000
Averages: $126,988,758.67 74% $17,936,479.67 10% $1,907,074.33 1% $13,395,173.67 8% $11,467,275.67 7% $171,693,425.67

Teacher salaries

The table below displays the average teacher salaries in Pennsbury School District.[7]

Grade Level Average 10th percentile 25th percentile Median 75th percentile 90th percentile
Pre-school $26,563 $18,952 $21,683 $25,294 $29,964 $34,560
Kindergarten $48,157 $27,598 $33,138 $42,836 $61,242 $80,497
Elementary $53,535 $30,143 $38,621 $49,694 $65,942 $86,641
Middle school $61,264 $36,304 $45,452 $57,504 $74,805 $90,398
High school $57,422 $37,414 $43,618 $54,714 $69,606 $85,454

Schools in Pennsbury School District


Pennsbury School District serves 10,887 students in 15 schools.

Total enrollment[8]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 11,284
2008-2009 11,073 -0.019
2009-2010 10,979 -0.009
2010-2011 10,277 -0.068
2011-2012 10,574 +0.028
2012-2013 10,887 +0.029

District Schools

Pennsbury School District Operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Pennsbury School District
Afton Elementary
Bucks County Technical High School
Charles Boehm Middle School
Edgewood Elementary
Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary
Fallsington Elementary
Makefield Elementary
Manor Elementary
Oxford Valley Elementary
Penn Valley Elementary
Pennsbury High School
Pennwood Middle School
Quarry Hill Elementary
Walt Disney Elementary
William Penn Middle School

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] Pennsbury School District made AYP in 2011 and 2012.[11]

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

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Transparency grading process

School website evaluation

The good

  • The names and contact information for all school board members are published.[12]
  • School board meeting minutes, agendas, and schedules are posted.[13][14][15]
  • The names and contact information for all administrative officials are posted.[16]
  • Information on required background checks is provided.[17]

The bad

  • The current budget is not published.
  • There is no information on taxes, public records, lobbying, academic performance, audits, and contracts.

Contact information

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Pennsbury School District Board of Education

134 Yardley Avenue, PO Box 338
Fallsington, Pennsylvania 19058

Phone: 215-428-4100

See also

External links

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