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Scranton School District, Pennsylvania

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Scranton School District
Scranton, PA
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District Profile
Superintendent:William F. King
Graduation rate:89%
Number of schools:16
Budget: $117.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kathleen McGuigan
Board members:9
Term length:4
Scranton School District is a school district in Pennsylvania that serves the city of Scranton. It is the 18th largest school district in Pennsylvania, serving 9,798 students in nine schools with an operating budget of $117.8 million.[1]

About the district

Scranton School District is located in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Scranton School District serves K-12 students in Scranton, the county seat of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Scranton had a population of 76,089 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Scranton lagged behind state rates for higher education achievement, median income and poverty according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with Bachelor's degrees (19.2%) was lower than the state average (26.7%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated a median income of $36,968 in Scranton and $51,651 in the state of Pennsylvania. Scranton had a poverty rate of 20.4% in 2010 while Pennsylvania's poverty rate was 12.6%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Scranton (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 84.1 81.9
Black or African American 5.5 10.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 3 2.7
Two or More Races 2.5 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 9.9 5.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered voters, Lackawanna County  % of Total
Republican 38,440 26.2
Democratic 95,036 64.8
Libertarian 529 0.4
Other 12,600 8.6

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]


William F. King is the current superintendent of Scranton School District.

School board

The Pocono Mountain Board of Education is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.[6]

Pocono Mountain School District
Kathleen McGuigan At-Large 2015
Mark McAndrew At-Large 2017
Robert Casey At-Large 2017
Kyle Donahue At-Large 2015
Cy Douaihy At-Large 2017
Carol Oleski At-Large 2015
Lyn Ruane At-Large 2015
Bob Sheridan At-Large 2017
Vacant Seat At-Large 2015

School board elections

See also: Scranton School District elections (2013)

Members of the Scranton Board of Education 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.


The table below displays the budget for Scranton School District.[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 $73,703,006 62.6% $6,033,178 5.1% $13,513,540 11.5% $9,406,000 8% $15,161,291 12.9% $117,814,015
Averages: $73,703,006 63% $6,033,178 5% $13,513,540 11% $9,406,000 8% $15,161,291 13% $117,814,015

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.[8] Scranton School District did not make AYP in 2011 or 2012.[9]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2011 2012
Attendance Y
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Graduation Rate Y
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Academic Performance N
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Test Preparation Y
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Contact information

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Scranton School District

425 North Washington Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503

Phone: (570) 348-3400

School website evaluation

Taxes N
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Meetings N
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Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials
Contracts N
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Audits N
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Public Records N
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Academics P
Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process

Last rated on January 17, 2010.

The good

  • School board member names are posted on the district's website.[10]
  • The 2006 District report card is published.[11]
  • The 2009-10 budget is posted on the district's website.[12]

The bad

  • Current district report cards are not available.
  • School board meeting agendas, minutes and schedules are not published.
  • Contact information for school board members are not provided.
  • There is no information on contracts, background checks, administrative officials, public records, audits, taxes, and lobbying.

See also

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