Armstrong School District (Pennsylvania)
The Armstrong School District is a large, public school district which encompasses approximately 437 square miles. In Armstrong County, Pennsylvania the district covers the Boroughs of Applewold, Atwood, Dayton, Elderton, Ford City, Ford Cliff, Kittanning, Manorville, Rural Valley, West Kittanning and Worthington and the Townships of Bethel Township, Boggs Township, Burrell Township, Cadogan Township, Cowanshannock Township, East Franklin Township, Kittanning Township, Manor Township, North Buffalo Township, Pine Township, Plumcreek Township, Rayburn Township, South Bend Township, Valley Township, Washington Township, Wayne Township and West Franklin Township. In Indiana County, Pennsylvania the district includes the Borough of Smicksburg and West Mahoning Township. According to 2000 federal census data, it serves a resident population of 44,970. In 2009, the district residents' per capita income was $15,449, while the median family income was $36,907. According to District officials, in school year 2005–06, the Armstrong School District provided basic educational services to 6,145 pupils through the employment of 490 teachers, 173 full-time and part-time support personnel, and 33 administrators. Armstrong School District received more than $38 million in state funding in school year 2005–06.
The district operates three junior–senior high schools, one senior high school, one junior high school, and seven elementary schools. The district was established 1966 when Pennsylvania consolidated several smaller school districts.
The mission statement of the Armstrong School District is 'The Armstrong School District, in partnership with our families and communities, will graduate educationally prepared, productive, morally responsible individuals'.
The district is governed by 9 individually elected board members (serve four year terms), the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The federal government controls programs it funds like Title I funding for low income children in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the No Child Left Behind Act which mandates the district focus resources on student success in acquiring essential reading and math skills.
The Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives Sunshine Review gave the Armstrong School Board and school district administration a "C-" for transparency based on a review of "What information can people find on their school district's website". It examined the school district's website for information regarding; taxes, the current budget, meetings, school board members names and terms, contracts, audits, public records information and more.
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