Upper Darby School District, Pennsylvania
|Upper Darby School District|
|Drexel Hill, PA|
|Superintendent:||Richard S. Dunlap Jr.|
|Number of schools:||14|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Judith Gentile|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Pocono Mountain School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 The good
- 11 The bad
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
About the districtDelaware County, Pennsylvania. The population of Delaware County was 558,972 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
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%.
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.
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.
The Upper Darby school board is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.
|Upper Darby School District|
|Maureen E. Carey||At-large||2017|
|Francis L. Zarrilli||At-large||2015|
School board elections
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:
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.
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.
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:
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. 
Upper Darby School District published its annual budget on their district website.
|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|
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:
|Upper Darby Teacher Salaries|
|Salary structure||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|MA + 15||48,600||89,450|
|MA + 30||49,200||90,500|
|MA + 45||49,800||91,550|
|MA + 60||50,400||92,600|
Schools in Pocono Mountain School District
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Upper Darby School District operates 14 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Upper Darby School District|
|Beverly Hills Middle School|
|Charles Kelly Elementary|
|Drexel Hill Middle School|
|Highland Park Elementary|
|Stonehurst Hills Elementary|
|Upper Darby High School|
|Upper Darby Kindergarten Center|
|Walter M. Senkow Elementary|
|Westbrook Park Elementary|
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. Upper Darby School District did not make AYP in 2011 or 2012.
|District AYP scores|
4611 Bond Ave.
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Phone: (610) 789 - 7200
|Transparency grading process|
This website was most recently reviewed Dec. 14, 2012.
- The most recent budget is published.
- Most recent district audit is published.
- Elected Officials
- Names of elected officials, including the Board, are published.
- Administrative officials are published.
- Vendor bids and bid advertisements are published.
- Public Records
- Information on how to file a public records request are available.
- Background Checks
- *Forms and clearances application information is published, including a criminal history clearance.
- Report cards for the elementary schools are published.
- Elected Officials
- Individual contact information for the board members, including telephone, email and address, is not published.
- Board agendas are not published.
- Previous audits are not archived.
- Previous budgets are not archived.
- Overall district report card is not posted.
- Teacher and employee contracts are unavailable.
- Upper Darby School District elections (2013)
- Pennsylvania school districts
- List of school districts in Pennsylvania
- School boards and school board elections
- Upper Darby School District, "Home," accessed February 2, 2014
- U.S. Census Bureau, "Quick Facts: Delaware County," accessed January 30, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Philly.com," New superintendent for Upper Darby schools, July 27, 2013
- Upper Darby School District, "School Board," accessed February 3, 2013
- Upper Darby School District, "District Policies, accessed February 3, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Upper Darby School District, "Upper Darby School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 4, 2013
- Open Gov PA," Union Contracts, accessed February 3, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed February 3, 2014
- Upper Darby School District, "Schools," accessed February 3, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Upper Darby SD AYP Report Card," accessed February 2, 2014
- Levied Taxes
- Board meeting schedule
- Meeting minutes
- District policies
- Board Members
- Public Records
- Background Check
- Elementary School Report Cards