Pocono Mountain School District, Pennsylvania
|Pocono Mountain School District|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Elizabeth Robinson|
|Number of schools:||9|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Meg Dilger|
- 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 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the districtMonroe County in eastern Pennsylvania. According to the 2010 United States Census, Monroe County is home to 168,798 residents.
Monroe County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Pennsylvania in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.2% of Monroe County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 27.0% for Pennsylvania as a whole. The median household income in Monroe County was $57,773 compared to $52,267 for the state of Pennsylvania. The poverty rate in Monroe County was 11.7% compared to 13.1% for the entire state.
Dr. Elizabeth Robinson has been the superintendent of schools for Pocono Mountain School District since September 1, 2011. Robinson previously served as Pocono Mountain School District's deputy superintendent and has held a number educational positions within the district, ranging from elementary school principal to reading specialist.
The Pocono Mountain Board of Education is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.
|Pocono Mountain School District|
|Annabella Lastowski||Region 1||2017|
|Meg Dilger||Region 1||2015|
|Dawn Wood||Region 1||2017|
|Ricky D. Smith||Region 2||2017|
|John Coyle||Region 2||2017|
|Rusty Johnson||Region 2||2015|
|Michael A. Stern||Region 3||2017|
|Jacquelyn Leonard||Region 3||2015|
|John Davis||Region 3||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Pocono Mountain 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. Four seats are up for election in November 2015 and five seats are up for election in November 2017.
Public participation in board meetings
The Pocono Mountain Board of Education 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.
In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board will provide a period for public participation and adopts the rules set forth herein to govern such public participation in Board meetings.
Public participation on agenda items only shall be permitted prior to consideration by the Board of agenda items listed for formal action. Public participation on nonagenda items shall be permitted following Board action on agenda items and prior to the meeting being adjourned. Individual participation or comments shall be limited to three (3) minutes.
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 006.
The presiding officer shall be guided by the following rules:
The presiding officer may:
Electronic recording devices and cameras other than those used as official recording devices will be permitted at meetings providing that the use of the same does not unduly interfere with, interrupt or inconvenience the conduct of the meeting as determined by the presiding officer.
No placards or banners will be permitted within the meeting room or on school grounds without prior approval of the Superintendent.
The meeting agenda and all pertinent documents shall be distributed to the press and public at the meetings. 
Pocono Mountain School District's annual budget can be found on the school district's 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|
Pocono Mountain School District employed 1,065 teachers during the 2013-2014 school year. 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 Pocono Mountain Education Association:
|Pocono Mountain Teacher Salaries|
|Salary structure||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|BA + 6||40,059||41,090|
|BA + 12||40,981||53,331|
|BA + 24||44,288||66,638|
|BA + 30||45,354||67,704|
|MA + 6||47,486||69,836|
|MA + 12||48,552||70,902|
|MA + 24||50,340||73,034|
|MA + 30||51,606||74,100|
|MA + 48||54,947||77,297|
|MA + 54||58,248||78,363|
|MA + 60||59,314||79,429|
Schools in Pocono Mountain School District
The district served 10,176 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. It has not published more recent enrollment statistics. The district experienced an 11.6% 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 (%)|
Pocono Mountain School District operates nine schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Pocono Mountain School District|
|Clear Run Elementary Center|
|Clear Run Intermediate School|
|East High School|
|East Junior High School|
|Swiftwater Elementary Center|
|Swiftwater Intermediate School|
|Tobyhanna Elementary Center|
|West High School|
|West Junior High 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. Pocono Mountain School District made AYP in 2011, but did not make AYP in 2012.
|District AYP scores|
An audit performed in 2013 found a number of issues within the Pocono Mountain School District. Primarily, the report noted that the district received too much money from the state because of inaccurate data keeping. The district received approximately $165,000 more than it should have from the state because of miscalculated enrollment numbers. According to the Pocono Record, similar mistakes were discovered in the district's previous audit. The audit report also noted an extreme budget deficit in the district. It found a general fund deficit of nearly $12 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, nearly $19 million for 2011 and about $3.5 million for 2010. The report attributes the problem to declining revenues from property taxes and declining enrollment because of area unemployment.
A third observation found that previous superintendent Dwight Pfennig received a $12,162 payment to his tax sheltered annuity retirement plan that was neither in his contract nor approved by the board. According to district spokeswoman Wendy Frable, the board approved the superintendent to defer a portion of his salary to a 403(b) account to maximize tax savings for both him and for the district. The amount matched an approved amount from the previous year and the board approved it again. However, the documentation does not reflect the the breakdown between the salary amount and the annuity amount, which was an oversight by the district.
135 Pocono Mountain School Road
Swiftwater, PA 18370
Phone: (570) 839-7121
Last rated on April 6, 2009.
|Transparency grading process|
- The current budget is published.
- The names and contact information for all administrative officials are provided.
- The names and contact information for all school board members are provided.
- Information on public records is provided.
- School board meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes are published.
- Information on required background checks is provided.
- The website states that the school board belongs to the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and the Pennsylvania School Board Association.
- There is no information on taxes, academic performance, audits, and contracts.
- Pocono Mountain School District elections (2013)
- Pennsylvania school districts
- List of school districts in Pennsylvania
- School boards and school board elections
- Pocono Mountain School District
- Pocono Mountain Education Association]
- Monroe County
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- Pocono Mountain School District, "Home," accessed January 6, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Monroe County, Pennsylvania," accessed January 7, 2014
- The New York Times, "Election Results," accessed September 26, 2013
- Pocono Record, "Pocono Mountain School District names new superintendent," July 14, 2011
- Pocono Mountain School District, "Board of Education," accessed January 6, 2014
- Pocono Mountain School District, "Board Policies," accessed January 6, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Pocono Mountain School District, "Final FY2013 Budget, accessed December 11, 2013
- Pocono Mountain School District, "Board Docs," accessed January 6, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Public School Enrollment Reports," accessed January 6, 2014
- Pocono Mountain School District, "Schools," accessed January 6, 2014
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About AYP in Pennsylvania," accessed August 6, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Pocono Mountain SD AYP Report Card," accessed January 6, 2014
- Jenna Ebersole, Pocono Record, "State audit finds problems in Pocono Mountain School District," October 11, 2013
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