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

116.70

Students Enrolled

7,070

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

7,070

Ethnicity

American Indian
0.10%
Asian
1.60%
Black
19.00%
Latino
33.50%
Pacific Islander
0.10%
2 or More Races
6.70%
White
39.10%

Gender

Male
52.60%
Female
47.40%

Other Statistics

Special Education
20.69%
English Learner
7.70%

Financials

Median Household Income

$40,305.00

Revenue Sources

Type of Revenue Income Percent of Budget
Local Revenues $64,386,573.39 52.05%
State Revenues $49,621,383.81 40.11%
Federal $4,745,457.22 3.83%
Other $4,932,119.45 3.98%

Other Tax Stats

Property Taxes Collected by District
$48,910,068.23
Property Values Within District
$88,500.00
Median Home Value

Academic Outcomes

Graduation Rate

84.94%

Rigorous Courses

22
E.g. IB AP

Post-Secondary Plans

66.22%
College/University
2.70%
Other Specialized Learning

PSSA Stats

% of Advanced or Proficient

Grade Level English Language Arts Math Science
Grade 3 47.63% 35.66% N/A
Grade 4 37.85% 18.99% 67.88%
Grade 5 36.53% 23.43% N/A
Grade 6 47.05% 17.94% N/A
Grade 7 43.70% 18.28% N/A
Grade 8 43.37% 9.92% 34.68%

Keystone Results

% of Advanced or Proficient

Grade Level Literature Algebra I Biology
Grade 11 37.27% 38.50% 53.51%

Staff

458

Teachers

19

Administrators

222

Support

Student /Teacher Ratio

15:1

School District Leadership

Superintendent of Schools: 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
7 2017-2021
Denise Thomas
Board Vice President
7 2017-2021
Mark Atherton
2 2019-2023
Ned Evans
7 2017-2021
Beth Harris
1 2019-2023

New School Director Training (RQD-NEW)

Melissa Patla
3 2017-2021
John Quinn
9 2019-2023
Terry Schiowitz
1 2019-2023

New School Director Training (RQD-NEW)

Rev. Shawn Walker
7 2019-2023

* 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.