Wilkes-Barre Area School District

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This school district serves the following county or counties: Luzerne

District Profile

730 S Main St

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0375

Phone 570-826-7131

Fax 570-826-1514

Includes the municipalities of Bear Creek Township, Bear Creek Village, Buck Township, Laflin Borough, Laurel Run Borough, Plains Township, Wilkes-Barre City, Wilkes-Barre Township.

Square Miles

116.67

Students Enrolled

7,204

Total Number of Schools:

10
  • Daniel J Flood El Sch (K-6)
  • Dodson El Sch (K-6)
  • Dr David W Kistler El Sch (K-6)
  • Elmer L Meyers JSHS (7-12)
  • G A R Memorial JSHS (7-12)
  • Heights/Murray El Sch (K-6)
  • James M Coughlin JSHS (9-12)
  • Solomon/Plains El Sch (K-6)
  • Solomon/Plains JHS (7-8)
  • Wilkes-Barre Area SD STEM Academy (9-12)

School district: light blue; Administrative office: medium blue circle; County(ies) served: green dashes.

Total Students

7,204

Ethnicity

American Indian
0.11%
Asian
1.46%
Black
18.56%
Latino
36.79%
Pacific Islander
0.04%
2 or More Races
6.93%
White
36.12%

Gender

Male
51.94%
Female
48.06%

Other Statistics

Special Education
21.09%
English Learner
8.05%

Financials

Median Household Income

$43,714.00

Revenue Sources

Type of Revenue Income Percent of Budget
Local Revenues $70,144,013.62 54.48%
State Revenues $53,002,687.97 41.17%
Federal $5,576,690.08 4.33%
Other $7,742.56 <0.01%

Other Tax Stats

Property Taxes Collected by District
$51,376,736.30
Property Values Within District
$89,800.00
Median Home Value

Academic Outcomes

Graduation Rate

85.40%

Rigorous Courses

25
E.g. IB AP

Post-Secondary Plans

62.86%
College/University
2.67%
Other Specialized Learning

PSSA Stats

% of Advanced or Proficient

Grade Level English Language Arts Math Science
Grade 3 43.17% 33.27% N/A
Grade 4 42.16% 22.87% 69.19%
Grade 5 40.50% 20.08% N/A
Grade 6 44.97% 19.26% N/A
Grade 7 47.01% 17.00% N/A
Grade 8 37.20% 10.28% 36.75%

Keystone Results

% of Advanced or Proficient

Grade Level Literature Algebra I Biology
Grade 11 29.46% 34.21% 47.94%

Staff

462

Teachers

20

Administrators

206

Support

Student /Teacher Ratio

16:1

School District Leadership

Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Brian Costello

School Board Directors *

Name Total Years of Service Current Term
School Director Training Certificate
PSBA Provided
Certificate of Board Governance
Continuing Education Badges Earned
Joe Caffrey
Board President
9 2021-2025

Advanced School Director Training (RQD-ADV)

Mark Atherton
Board Vice President
4 2019-2023
Arthur Breese
1 2022-2023
Ned Evans
9 2021-2025
Warren Faust
< 1 year 2022-2023
Beth Harris
3 2019-2023

New School Director Training (RQD-NEW)

Dr. James Susek
13 2021-2025
Denise Thomas
9 2021-2025

Advanced School Director Training (RQD-ADV)

Rev. Shawn Walker
9 2019-2023

Advanced School Director Training (RQD-ADV)

* In accordance with Act 55 of 2017 and Act 18 of 2019, school board directors are required to complete approved training starting in the 2018-2019 school year. School board directors who began their term in 2017 are permitted to take this training, but it is not required. School board directors who began their term after July 1, 2018 are required to complete an initial 5 hours of new school director training and at the beginning of each subsequent election, 3 hours of advanced school director training. School board director data will be updated as it is made available. Data updates occur regularly and ongoing.