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Allentown City School District, Pennsylvania

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Allentown City School District
Allentown, PA
District Profile
Superintendent:C. Russel Mayo
Graduation rate:85.48%
Number of schools:23
Budget: $290.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Robert E. Smith, Jr.
Board members:9
Term length:4
Allentown School District is a school district in Pennsylvania. It is the fourth largest school district in Pennsylvania, with enrollment reaching 17,283. Of these students, 8,8759 are enrolled in elementary schools, 3,834 in middle school, and 4,690 in high schools. Total personnel in ASD is 2,253, with 1,217 teachers.[1]

About the District

Allentown City School District is located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Allentown is the county seat of Lehigh County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. The population of Allentown is 118,974 according to the 2010 Census [2]


Allentown underperforms in educational achievement and median household income compared to the rest of the state. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (75.2%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%). The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also lower in Allentown (16.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Allentown is $35,737 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651. [2]


The current Superintendent of Allentown City School District is C. Russel Mayo. Mayo earned his masters and doctorate at the University of Virginia in Educational Leadership with a minor in school law and curriculum. He became superintendent of the Allentown School District in August of 2011 after serving as Deputy Superintendent for seven years. Prior to becoming Deputy Superintendent in Allentown, he was assistant professor at Lehigh University for five years. Mayo has previously served in public school districts across the nation as a classroom teacher, a high school and middle school principal, an associate superintendent, and a superintendent. [4]

School Board Members

The Allentown City schools are overseen by a nine-member board elected to four-year terms. The current members are:[5]

Allentown City School District School Board
Robert E. Smith, Jr. At-Large 2015
Debra Lamb At-Large 2017
Scott Armstrong At-Large 2015
Joanne Jackson At-Large 2015
Ellen Bishop At-Large 2017
Julie Ambrose At-Large 2015
Ce-Ce Gerlach At-Large 2015
Mike Welsh At-Large 2017
David Zimmerman At-Large 2017

School board elections

See also: Allentown City School District elections (2013)

Members of the Allentown City School Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. 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.[6]


Allentown City School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[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
2010-2011 $157,451,973 54.3% $0 0% $57,055,787 19.7% $75,684,821 26.1% $5,848,668 2% $290,192,581
2011-2012 $153,826,718 52.7% $0 0% $58,426,249 20% $74,682,405 25.6% $5,092,027 1.7% $292,027,399
Averages: $155,639,345.5 53% $0 0% $57,741,018 20% $75,183,613 26% $5,470,347.5 2% $291,109,990

Schools in District


Total enrollment [8]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 17,892
2008-2009 17,766 -0.71
2009-2010 17,465 -1.69
2010-2011 17,354 -0.18
2011-2012 17,560 +1.198
2012-2013 17,283 -1.58

District Schools

Allentown City Schools operates 20 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

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]

Allentown City School District performance for years 2011 and 2012.[11]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2011 2012
Attendance Y
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Graduation Rate N
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Academic Performance N
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Test Preparation Y
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Teacher Layoffs

In June of 2013, the district formally notified about 100 teachers that they were laid off due to decreased district sizes across the state and the district's large budget deficit. This action occurred despite teacher rallies and parent protests. The district faced a deficit of as much as a $22.4 million budget shortfall when officials began reviewing their spending plan in January. With the job eliminations and tax increase, the current budget still includes a roughly $9 million deficit. [12]

Communications Director

In October of 2012, the school board voted to hire a director of public relations, despite this issues with her high salary, with a 6-3 vote. The dissenting voters believed an annual salary of $87,897 was too high, especially at a time of financial challenges for the district. This news came after teacher salary freezes and discussion of extensive teacher lay-offs due to a large budget deficit.[13]

Public employee salaries

Main article: Allentown City School District employee salaries

Taxes N
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Budget N
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Meetings P
Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Contracts N
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Audits Y
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Public Records Y
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Academics Y
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Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process
==School website evaluation==

This website was most recently evaluated on 5 Feb 2012.

The good

  • Board agendas & minutes are published.[14]
  • Board members are published.[15]
  • Board policies are published.[16]
  • Administrative officials are published.[17]
  • Audit information is available.
  • Public records are available.[18]
  • Academic performance standards are published.[19]

The bad

  • Many of the links on the side bar are either empty or for events that have not happened yet. The following links are broken or incorrect:f>
    • The Budget link populates a page that directs the user to use the sidebar. However, many of the links show no information. [20]
    • Bids and RFP’s link is empty.
  • Teachers' contracts are unavailable.
  • Board meetings are published by a link on the sidebar under the school board section.[21]. However, the calendar the link directed to was not current.
  • Background check policy information is not available.

See also

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