West Chester Area School District, Pennsylvania
|West Chester Area School District|
|West Chester, PA|
|Superintendent:||Dr. James R. Scanlon|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Ricky Swalm|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in West Chester Area School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtChester County, Pennsylvania. The county seat of Chester County is West Chester. According to the 2010 US Census, Chester County is home to 506,575 residents.
Chester County outperformed the rest of Pennsylvania in terms of its average median rates of household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Chester County was $86,264 compared to $51,651 for the state of Pennsylvania. The poverty rate in Chester County was 6.1% compared to 12.6% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 48.1% of Chester County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.7% in Pennsylvania.
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.
Dr. James R. Scanlon has been the superintendent of West Chester Area School District since 2009. He was previously the superintendent of Brandywine School District and Quakertown Community School District. Scanlon earned his B.S. from the University of Pittsburg, his M.A. from Temple University and his Ed.D from Temple University.
The West Chester Area school board is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.
|Pocono Mountain School District|
|Ricky L. Swalm||At-Large||2017|
School board elections
Members of the West Chester Area 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 West Chester Area school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
Board Committee Meetings or Work Sessions
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. Public comment is an opportunity for the Board to hear comments from the public. It is not meant to be a question and answer period.
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.
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 will follow the rules of the Board for conduct of public meetings in accordance with this policy and Policy BCBF.
4. Meeting 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.
Board Business Meetings.
As set forth in Board Policy BCBF:
Board Committee Meetings or Work Sessions.
The Purpose of the Board Committee Meeting or work session is to review items to be placed on the agenda for the upcoming business meeting and also to discuss other appropriate items.
There will be a public comment period at the end of each committee meeting or work session on agenda items only. If the presiding officer determines that a topic needs time for comments, he or she will establish that time during the meeting.
The Board requires that public participants be residents or taxpayers of this district or:
All individuals wishing to participate in a public Board meeting shall sign in at the beginning of the meeting and shall include the name and address of the participant and topic to be addressed.
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
Each speaker must limit his or her comments to two minutes or less.
All comments shall be directed to the entire board. No participant may address or question individual Board members.
The presiding officer may:
The meeting agenda and all pertinent documents shall be distributed to the press and public at all meetings. 
West Chester Area 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 West Chester Area Education Association:
|West Chester Area Teacher Salaries|
|Salary structure||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 15||44,690||84,236|
|B.A. + 30||46,330||85,876|
|MA + 15||49,400||88,946|
|MA + 30||51,040||90,586|
|MA + 45||52,680||92,226|
Schools in West Chester Area School District
The district served 11,827 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. It has not published more recent enrollment statistics. The district experienced an 0.06% 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 (%)|
West Chester Area School District operates nine schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|West Chester Area School District|
|East Bradford Elementary|
|East Goshen Elementary|
|East High School|
|Fern Hill Elementary|
|Fugett Middle School|
|Glen Acres Elementary|
|Henderson High School|
|Mary C. Howse Elementary|
|Peirce Middle School|
|Penn Wood Elementary|
|Rustin High School|
|Sarah Starkweather Elementary|
|Stetson 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. West Chester Area School District made AYP in 2011, but did not make AYP in 2012.
|District AYP scores|
829 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
|Transparency grading process|
Last rated on March 4, 2013.
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for 3 years.
- Administrative Officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
- Elected Officials
- Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- Meeting minutes are archived for 4 years.
- Meeting agendas are archived for 4 years.
- A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 1992 are available.
- Public Records
- The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Board Secretary. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- A public records form is provided.
- A fee schedule for documents is provided.
- 2012 requests are posted.
- Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
- Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
- Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.
- Background Checks
- The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are not posted online for district teachers.
- West Chester Area School District elections (2013)
- Pennsylvania school districts
- List of school districts in Pennsylvania
- School boards and school board elections
- West Chester Area School District
- West Chester Area Education Association]
- Chester County
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- West Chester Area School District, "Home," accessed January 13, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Chester County, Pennsylvania," accessed October 31, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Voter Registration Statistics," accessed October 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Linked In, "Jim Scanlon," accessed January 13, 2014
- West Chester Area School District, "Board," accessed January 13, 2014
- West Chester Area School District, "Policies," accessed January 13, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- West Chester Area School District, "West Chester Area School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 5, 2013
- OpenPAGov.org, "Union Contracts, accessed January 14, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed January 14, 2014
- West Chester Area School District, "Schools," accessed January 14, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "West Chester Area SD AYP Report Card," accessed January 6, 2014
- West Chester Area School District, Budgets, Accessed: March 4, 2013
- West Chester Area School District, Staff Directory, Accessed: March 4, 2013
- West Chester Area School District, Elected Officials, Accessed: March 4, 2013
- West Chester Area School District, Meeting Minutes and Agendas, Accessed: March 4, 2013
- West Chester Area School District, Audits, Accessed: March 4, 2013
- West Chester Area School District, Bids, Accessed: March 4, 2013
- West Chester Area School District, Purchasing Bids, Accessed: March 4, 2013
- West Chester Area School District, Employee Contracts, Accessed: March 4, 2013
- West Chester Area School District, Open Records, Accessed: March 4, 2013
- West Chester Area School District, Real Estate Taxes, Accessed: March 4, 2013
- West Chester Area School District, Student Achivement Reports, Accessed: March 4, 2013