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Redbank Valley School District
Address
920 Broad Street
New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Clarion, 16242
United States
Information
Type Public
School board 9 elected members
Superintendent Stephen Dobransky (acting)
Principal Mrs McCauley
Principal Mr. Huffman
Grades K-12
Enrollment 1196
Kindergarten 81
Grade 1 86
Grade 2 71
Grade 3 97
Grade 4 74
Grade 5 91
Grade 6 86
Grade 7 99
Grade 8 109
Grade 9 103
Grade 10 102
Grade 11 92
Grade 12 105
Mascot Bulldogs
Tuition free
Website
Redbank Valley School District region in Armstrong County

Redbank Valley School District is a public school district in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania and Clarion County, Pennsylvania. The boroughs of South Bethlehem, New Bethlehem, and Hawhorne, as well as the townships of Redbank (Armstrong), Redbank (Clarion), Madison, Mahoning, and Porter Township are within district boundaries. The district is part of the Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 region. The intermediate unit provides support services and therapy to special education students. It also provides training to school personnel.

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Enrollment

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, there are fewer than 1200 students enrolled in K-12th grades. There were 86 students in the Class of 2009. The class of 2010 has 83 students. Annual enrollment in the Redbank Valley School District is projected to continue to decline by another 150 students by 2018. The graduating class of 2015 is projected to be 61 pupils.[1] The district employs 7 administrators, a psychologist, a significant compliment of teachers, as well as, many full and part time staff members. Redbank Valley administrative costs per pupil in 2008 was $555.21 per pupil. The lowest administrative cost per pupil in Pennsylvania was $398 per pupil. [2] With limited resources, opportunities for students at the high school are limited. Consolidation of the administration with an adjacent school district would achieve substantial administrative cost savings for people in both communities. [3]These excessive administrative overhead dollars could be redirected to improve lagging academic achievement, to enrich the academic programs or to substantially reduce property taxes. [4] Consolidation of two or more school district central administrations into one would not require the closing of any schools. Less than 95 of Pennsylvania's 501 school districts have enrollment below 1250 students, in 2007.[5]

Over the next 10 years, rural Pennsylvania school enrollment is projected to decrease 8 percent. The most significant enrollment decline is projected to be in western Pennsylvania, where rural school districts may have a 16 percent decline. More than 40 percent of elementary schools and more than 60 percent of secondary schools in western Pennsylvania are projected to experience significant enrollment decreases (15 percent or greater).[6] As the enrollment declines, per pupil administrative costs of the schools will continue to rise.

Pennsylvania has one of the highest numbers of school districts in the nation. In Pennsylvania, 80% of the school districts serve student populations under 5,000, and 40% serve less than 2,000. This results in excessive school administration bureaucracy and not enough course diversity.[7] In a survey of 88 superintendents of small districts, 42% of the 49 respondents stated that they thought consolidation would save money without closing any schools. [8]

Budget

In 2007, the average teacher salary in the district was $48,346 for 180 days worked. The district ranked third in Clarion County for average teacher salary in 2007.[9]

The district received $1,389,322 in ARRA - Federal Stimulus money to be used in specific education programs like special education and meeting the academic needs of low income students.[10]

School district officials did not apply for the Race to the Top federal grant which would have brought the district millions in additional federal dollars for improving student academic achievement.[11] The administration, school board and teachers' union prioritized local control over free resources to improve student success.

In 2008, the district reported a $3,259,400 in a unreserved-undesignated fund balance. The designated fund balance was $6,390,000.[12]

The High School employs 50 teachers to instruct fewer than 400 students in 2010.

Academic Achievement

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
2009 - 67% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 65% of 11th graders on grade level.
2008 - 64%

11th Grade Math:
2009 - 48% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level.
2008 - 31%

11th Grade Science:
2009 - 31% on grade level. State: 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
2008 - 35%

Graduation Rate:
2009 - 88%[13]
2008 - 93%

College remediation: According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 27% of Redbank Valley High School 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. [14]

Extracurriculars

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. [15]

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


References:

  1. ^ Enrollment Projections by the Pennsylvania Department of Education reported 1/2009.
  2. ^ Fenton, Jacob. Pennsylvania School District Data: Will School Consolidation Save Money?, The Morning Call, Feb 2009.
  3. ^ Fenton, Jacob, Administrative Costs for Clarion County School Districts 2007-08, The Morning Call, July 2009
  4. ^ 2009-10 Executive Budget Facts Pennsylvania School District Consolidation, Edward Rendell, Governor and Mary Soderberg, Secretary of the Budget. February 2009
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, Study of the Cost Effectiveness of Consolidating Pennsylvania School Districts, 2007.
  6. ^ "Research Analyzes Rural School District Enrollment and Building Capacity", The Center for Rural Pennsylvania. October 2009
  7. ^ Rendell, E. & Soderberg, M. (2009). Pennsylvania school district consolidation. 2009-10 Executive Budget Fast Facts. Pennsylvania Office of the Governor.
  8. ^ Study of the cost-effectiveness of consolidating Pennsylvania districts. New York: Standard & Poor’s School Evaluation Services. 2007, p. 6.
  9. ^ Fenton, Jacob, Average classroom teacher salary in Clarion County, 2006-07. The Morning Call. accessed March 2009.
  10. ^ PA ARRA FUNDING by district http://www.recovery.pa.gov/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=525527&mode=2&projectid=106168003
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education report on Fund Balances by Local Education Agency 1997 to 2008
  13. ^ Redbank Valley High Schoo Report Card 2009 http://paayp.emetric.net/School/DataTable/c16/106168003/1495
  14. ^ Pennsylvania College Remediation Report http://www.scribd.com/doc/23970364/Pennsylvania-College-Remediation-Report
  15. ^ 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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