Upper Darby School District, Pennsylvania

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Upper Darby School District
Drexel Hill, PA
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District Profile
Superintendent:Richard S. Dunlap Jr.
Graduation rate:87.43
Number of schools:14
Budget: $156 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Judith Gentile
Board members:9
Term length:4
Upper Darby School District is a school district in Pennsylvania that serves the city of Drexel Hill. It is the 9th largest school district in Pennsylvania, serving 12,216 students in 14 schools with an operating budget of $156 million.[1]

About the district

Upper Darby School District is located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Upper Darby School District serves K-12 students in Upper Darby, a township in eastern Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The population of Delaware County was 558,972 according to the 2010 U.S. Census[2]


Delaware County outperformed the rest of the state in terms of educational achievement based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of residents over 25 years old with a Bachelor's degree (34.9%) was higher than the state of Pennsylvania (27.0%). The median household income in Delaware County was $64,242 compared to the state median income of $52,267. Delaware County had a poverty rate of 9.8% while the state of Pennsylvania had a poverty rate of 13.1%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Delaware County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 72.3 83.5
Black or African American 20.6 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 5.1 3.0
Two or More Races 1.8 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 3.2 6.1

Party affiliation, 2014
Party Registered voters  % of Total
Democratic 170,576 44.1
Republican 169,571 43.8
No affiliation 22,600 5.8
Libertarian 1,558 0.4

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.[3]


Richard S. Dunlap Jr. was named as superintendent of Upper Darby School District in July of 2013. Dunlap grew up in Delaware County and has worked as a special-education teacher, assistant principal and principal in area districts. He was the principal of West Chester East High School and Garnet Valley Middle School for six years prior to his current position. Dunlap received a Bachelor's degree in education from West Chester University, a Master's in bilingual studies from Marywood University and a Doctorate in educational administration from Immaculata University. He also served as a Marine Corps officer for four years on active duty and five years in the reserve.[4]

School board

The Upper Darby school board is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.[5]

Upper Darby School District
Maureen E. Carey At-large 2017
Rachel Mitchell At-large 2017
Earl Toole At-large 2017
Manjit Singh At-large 2017
Judith Gentile At-large 2015
Kenneth Rucci At-large 2015
William Gaul At-large 2015
Hugh McElhenney At-large 2015
Francis L. Zarrilli At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Upper Darby School District elections (2013)

Members of the Upper Darby 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 Upper Darby school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[6]

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 adopt policy 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 be made prior to official action on each report and at the end of each meeting. Public comment at the end of the meeting shall be limited to three (3) minutes per resident or taxpayer, or longer at the discretion of the Board President.

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

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 requires that public participants be residents or taxpayers of this district or 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; any district employee; or any district student.

All individuals wishing to participate in a public Board meeting shall register their intent with the Board Secretary in advance of the meeting and shall include the name and address of the participant, topic to be addressed and group affiliation, if applicable.

Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and must preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address, and group affiliation if applicable. 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.
  • Request the assistance of law enforcement officers to remove a disorderly person when his/her conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting.
  • Call a recess or adjourn to another time when the lack of public decorum interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting.
  • Waive these rules with the approval of the Board.

Electronic recording devices and cameras, in addition to those used as official recording devices, shall be permitted at public meetings under guidelines established by the Board.

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.

Political Candidates And/Or Political Causes

It is the opinion of this Board that the effective conduct of Board business precludes persons or groups utilizing Board meetings and hearings to espouse political causes. Accordingly, no political literature, petitions urging political action, or electioneering shall be permitted within school district buildings. [7]


Upper Darby School District published its annual budget on their district website.[8]

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
2011-2012 $106,182,786 68% $7,625,915 4.9% $12,702,706 8.1% $7,671,512 4.9% $21,853,531 14% $156,036,450
Averages: $106,182,786 68% $7,625,915 5% $12,702,706 8% $7,671,512 5% $21,853,531 14% $156,036,450

Teacher salaries

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 Upper Darby Education Association:[9]

Upper Darby Teacher Salaries
Salary structure Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 43,200 79,560
MA 48,000 88,400
MA + 15 48,600 89,450
MA + 30 49,200 90,500
MA + 45 49,800 91,550
MA + 60 50,400 92,600
D 51,000 93,650

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The district served 12,216 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. It has not published more recent enrollment statistics. The district experienced an 3.0% decrease in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:

Total enrollment[10]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 12,598
2008-2009 11,763 -6.6
2009-2010 11,821 0.4
2010-2011 12,269 3.7
2011-2012 12,216 -0.4

District schools

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

Upper Darby School District
Aronimink Elementary
Beverly Hills Middle School
Bywood Elementary
Charles Kelly Elementary
Drexel Hill Middle School
Garrettford Elementary
Highland Park Elementary
Hillcrest Elementary
Primos Elementary
Stonehurst Hills Elementary
Upper Darby High School
Upper Darby Kindergarten Center
Walter M. Senkow Elementary
Westbrook Park Elementary

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.[12] Upper Darby School District did not make AYP in 2011 or 2012.[13]

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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Upper Darby School District

4611 Bond Ave.
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Phone: (610) 789 - 7200

Website evaluation

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

This website was most recently reviewed Dec. 14, 2012.

The good

  • Taxes
    • Tax information is posted.[14]
    • Taxes levied and assessed generating revenue for the school district is available in the budget.[15]
  • Budget
    • The most recent budget is published.[16]
  • Audit
    • Most recent district audit is published.[17]
  • Meetings
    • Board meeting schedule is published.[18]
    • Board minutes are published and are archived to 2010.[19]
    • Board policies are published.[20]
  • Elected Officials
    • Names of elected officials, including the Board, are published.[21]
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are published.[22]
  • Contracts
    • Vendor bids and bid advertisements are published.[23]
  • Public Records
    • Information on how to file a public records request are available.[24]
  • Background Checks
  • *Forms and clearances application information is published, including a criminal history clearance.[25]
  • Academics
    • Report cards for the elementary schools are published.[26]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Individual contact information for the board members, including telephone, email and address, is not published.
  • Meetings
    • Board agendas are not published.
  • Audit
    • Previous audits are not archived.
  • Budget
    • Previous budgets are not archived.
  • Academics
    • Overall district report card is not posted.
  • Contracts
    • Teacher and employee contracts are unavailable.

See also

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