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Bradford Area School District
Address
150 Lorana Avenue
Bradford, Pennsylvania, McKean County, 16701
United States
Information
Type Public
Superintendent Mrs. Sandra Romanowski
Grades K-12
Enrollment 2633
Kindergarten 210
Grade 1 167
Grade 2 165
Grade 3 198
Grade 4 172
Grade 5 198
Grade 6 192
Grade 7 181
Grade 8 190
Grade 9 228
Grade 10 255
Grade 11 236
Grade 12 241
Mascot Owls
Website

The Bradford Area School District covers the City of Bradford, Borough of Lewis Run and Bradford Township, Corydon Township, Foster Township and Lafayette Township in McKean County, Pennsylvania. The district operates Bradford Area High School, Floyd C. Fretz Middle School, George D. Blaisdell Elementary School and School Street Elementary School.

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Enrollment

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, there are fewer than 2700 students enrolled in K-12. There were 253 students in the Class of 2009. The senior class of 2010 has 241 students. Enrollment in Bradford Area School District is projected to continue to decline by 250 students by 2015. With limited local taxation resources, opportunities for students are limited. Consolidation of the administrations with adjacent school districts would achieve substantial administrative cost savings for people in each community. These excessive administrative overhead dollars could be redirected to improve lagging mathematics and science achievement, to enrich the academic programs or to substantially reduce property taxes. Consolidation of the central administrations would not require the closing of any schools. [1]

Budget

In 2007, the district employed 191 teachers. The average teacher salary in the district was $47,968 for 180 days worked. [2]

The district administrative costs per pupil in 2008 was $639 per pupil. The lowest administrative cost per pupil in Pennsylvania was $398 per pupil. [3]

In the 2009-2010 budget year the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided a 7.46% increase in Basic Education funding for a total of $13,160,674. This was 2 percentage points higher increase than any other McKean County school district received in 2009. The state Basic Education funding to the district in 2008-09 was $12,246,828.70.

In 2009-2011, the district received $2,595,644 in ARRA - Federal Stimulus money to be used in specific programs like special education and meeting the academic needs of low income students.[4]

School district officials did not apply for the Race to the Top federal grant which would have brought the district millions of additional federal dollars for improving student academic achievement.[5] The administration, school board and teachers' union prioritized local control over free resources to improve student success. A substantial property tax increase will be needed to make up for the rejected funding opportunity.

The district is funded by a combination of: a local earned income tax, a property tax, a real estate transfer tax, coupled with substantial funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government. Grants provide an opportunity to supplement school funding without raising taxes.

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Real Estate Taxes:

Property tax rates in 2009 for district residents were set at 21.5200 mills.[6] A mill is $1 of tax for every $1,000 of a property's assessed value. Irregular property reassessments have become a serious issue in the commonwealth as it creates a significant disparity in taxation within a community and a region.

In 2009, the Homestead/Farmstead Property Tax Relief from gambling for the Bradford Area School District was $305 per approved permanent primary residence. In the district, 4991 property owners applied for the tax relief. The relief was subtracted from the total annual school property tax bill. Property owners apply for the relief through the county Treasurer's office. Farmers can qualify for a farmstead exemption on buildings used for agricultural purposes. The farm must be at least 10 contiguous acres and must include the primary residence of the owner. Farmers can qualify for both the homestead exemption and the farmstead exemption.

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is provided for low income Pennsylvanians aged 65 and older; widows and widowers aged 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 for homeowners. The maximum rebate for both homeowners and renters is $650. Applicants can exclude one-half (1/2) of their Social Security income. Consequently, people who make substantially more than $35,000 still qualify for a rebate. Individuals must apply annually for the rebate.

Property taxes in Pennsylvania are relatively high on a national scale. According to the Tax Foundation, Pennsylvania ranked 11th in the U.S. in 2008 in terms of property taxes paid as a percentage of home value (1.34%) and 12th in the country in terms of property taxes as a percentage of income (3.55%).[7]

Academic Achievement

The Bradford Area School District was ranked 403rd out of 500 Pennsylvania school districts for student academic achievement by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2008.

Graduation rate
2009 - 93% [8]
2008 - 88%

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
2009 - 63% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 65% of 11th graders on grade level.[9]
2008 - 60%

11th Grade Math:
2009 - 45% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level.
2008 - 51%

11th Grade Science:
2009 - 29% on grade level. State: 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
2008 - 47%, State Avg. - 39%

College remediation: According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 19% of the Bradford Area School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges. [10]

Extracurriculars

The district offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports.

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools. [11]

References:

  1. ^ Pennsylvania Public School Enrollments http://www.scribd.com/doc/26785165/Enrollments-Projected-by-school-district-A-F-2008-09
  2. ^ Fenton, Jacob, Average classroom teacher salary in McKean County, 2006-07. The Morning Call. accessed March 2009.
  3. ^ Fenton, Jacob. Pennsylvania School District Data: Will School Consolidation Save Money?, The Morning Call, Feb 2009.
  4. ^ McKean County ARRA FUNDING Report
  5. ^ Pennsylvania's 'Race to the Top' Fueled by Effective Reforms, Strong Local Support http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=7201&PageID=510952&mode=2&contentid=http://pubcontent.state.pa.us/publishedcontent/publish/global/news_releases/governor_s_office/news_releases/pennsylvania_s__race_to_the_top__fueled_by_effective_reforms__strong_local_support.html
  6. ^ Real Estate Tax Millage by School District, Pennsylvania Department of Finance. 2009
  7. ^ New Census Data on Property Taxes on Homeowners, Tax Foundation, September 22, 2009.
  8. ^ Bradford Area School District Report Card 2009 http://paayp.emetric.net/School/Overview/c42/109420803/4691
  9. ^ Pennsylvania PSSA and AYP Results 2009
  10. ^ Pennsylvania College Remediation Report http://www.scribd.com/doc/23970364/Pennsylvania-College-Remediation-Report
  11. ^ Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, November 10, 2005

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