West York Area
West York Area School District
Blue & White News

Check this page frequently for the latest district news. For all news regarding our construction projects, check out our Construction News page. For the latest in what is happening in the community outside of our schools, please check out our Community Corner page.

Welcome, New Bulldogs!

West York Area School District would like to welcome the following new members of our staff:

Kathy Gay - Noon/Open Campus Aide, High School
Angela Hill - Athletic Office Clerk, High School
Brad Sterner - Principal, Middle School
John Wanner - HVAC/Energy Management Specialist
Vanessa Weinlein - Assistant Principal, High School
Brenda Gross - Loucks Building Clerk
Scott Rutkowski - Food Services Director
Annette Rudacille - Lincolnway Food Service Assistant
John Caplinger - Lincolnway Custodian
Patricia Knadig - Administration Building Custodian
Tracy Conrad - Wallace Food Service Assistant
Tina Keeler - Superintendent's Secretary

Welcome Back!

Welcome back, Bulldogs! We hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to another year of learning and fun. Teachers and staff have been working hard to get everything in place for a smooth start to the 2014-2015 school year! 

This year West York is excited to announce our new smartphone app! You can find it by searching for West York Area SD in your favorite app store. 

Also, make sure to take a look at your school’s website (quick links to each school can be found to the right) to get the latest news and information for each building. 

Calendars for the year are up-to-date and can be found here (or from the News & Events tab on each school site). Be sure to take note of important upcoming dates. 

If you are new to West York, we welcome you. Registration information can be found in the About Us tab at the top of this page or under Parent Information on each of our school websites. 

Remember, the first day of school is on August 20th – see you then!

Welcome Baby Luke!

Congratulations to the Assistant Superintendent's Secretary and Head Field Hockey Coach, Amanda Steigleman, and her husband, Torrey, on the birth of their baby boy. Luke Eugene, weighing 9 lb. 1 oz., was born on Friday, July 11th at 7:05 a.m. Luke was also welcomed by big brothers, Noah and Caleb. 

Welcome to our newest baby Bulldog!

Elementary Reconfiguration FAQs

For more information about the elementary reconfiguration proposal, please see the attached list of frequently asked questions and their answers. Thank you to all of you for your consideration in submitting questions and your continued support as we work to meet the needs of our West York Bulldogs.

Board Member's View

--Mr. Rodney Drawbaugh, President

Serving on a school board is both rewarding and challenging. It is rewarding for me to be a part of the governing body that provides our children, including four of my own, with educational successes in an increasingly changing environment. I believe West York's Board has done an effective job of providing our administration, faculty, and staff with the resources they need to provide our children with programs of academic and cocurricular excellence. The most significant challenges, however, are financial and stem from Pennsylvania's decrease in public education funding, tax assessment appeals, and dramatically increasing special education costs. The result? West York must furlough teachers, lay off support personnel, and reduce our cocurricular offerings.

Many people have asked this Board why we are investing in our buildings when we are reducing staff, or could we have done something other than furlough teachers. The answer to why we are investing in our buildings is straightforward. All of our students deserve a safe and well-maintained learning environment. Capital investments in our schools will ultimately help maintain our home values, attract highly qualified teachers, and foster a positive learning environment for our children. (Please visit our FAQs for more information.) However, the answer regarding our ability to do something other than furlough teachers requires more explanation. The short answer is, no. For years we diligently worked to be conservative with budgeted monies and squirreled away savings to amass a sizable fund balance to pay for unforeseen expenses and carry us through difficult times. This has helped us either avoid or at least minimize tax increases during some years, and delay furloughs by one full school year. Over the course of the last four years we cut $4.3 million out of our operating budget. It has not been easy, and it caused us to trim or eliminate many resources that used to be available for staff and students. Employees across the District, including superintendents, administrators, faculty, and staff have gone without salary increases one or two years. Every position that became open was carefully scrutinized and often eliminated or reconfigured to save money. Despite our efforts, it was not enough. We must furlough teachers and lay off staff at the end of this school year. The seriousness of these actions and the impact on our academic program, as well as the personal hardships caused by loss of employment, do not escape this Board. The decisions were excruciating. I assure you that if there was anything else that could have been done, we would have unanimously voted to do it.

We must look forward. To that end I remain optimistic that boardsmanship rewards will outweigh the challenges. I believe the Bulldogs, myself included, are stronger than our challenges.  Now is the time to be resourceful and use our talents to bridge the gap until our state-wide public education funding problems are rectified and we rebuild to a leaner, stronger, and smarter West York.

Coaching Vacancies

West York Area School District currently has the following coaching vacancies:

  • Head Varsity Swimming Coach
  • Junior High Basketball Cheerleading Coach
  • Varsity Track Throwing Coach
  • Junior High Throwing Coach

Applications for these positions will be accepted online on our Employment Opportunities Page.

Dr. Lonardi Named 2014 PA Superintendent of the Year

West York Area School District’s own, Dr. Emilie Lonardi, has been named the 2014 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA). According to the PASA website, this prestigious awards program, established in 1988, “recognizes outstanding individuals on the frontiers of educational leadership.”

Dr. Lonardi, who has served as Superintendent of the West York Area School District in York County for 16 years, is being recognized for her “innovative leadership.” This includes initiating programs that encourage high achievement rates, student accountability and motivation, effective staff evaluation and professional development, and cost-cutting through a campaign called the “West York Way,” which saved the district over $3 million in the last two years. In 2001-2002, she began an initiative based on creating a professional culture that builds teacher capacity and enhances both day-to-day instruction and student growth through a collaborative model that focuses solely on student work.

Dr. Lonardi keeps her constituencies focused on the district’s strategic plan, which provides a clear and consistent message regarding the long- and short-term goals, academic vision, and direction of the district. According to one of her peers, Dr. Lonardi is “a leader who challenges convention, stirs others into action and encourages staff to stretch to the edge of their competence.” 

A special PASA luncheon was held on Friday, November 15th, in Harrisburg to honor Dr. Lonardi’s achievement. She will also be attending the American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education in Nashville, Tennessee, along with the 49 other state honorees.

Academic Performance Improves

Recently, Dr. Emilie M. Lonardi, Superintendent, presented longitudinal data regarding student performance on state-mandated standardized tests. It is not uncommon for schools that have decreased personal wealth in its population to see a similar decrease in student academic performance. Despite the district's declining wealth, our students' Reading and Math scores continue to trend upward, as these graphs demonstrate. The district attributes this success to hard working students, parents, teachers and administrators who remain focused on student academic success, and West York's strong curriculum and intervention programs.

Are You an Alumnus of West York?

We are in the process of creating website resources for our West York alumni. If you would like to receive information about future alumni events, sign up here.>>>

Education Foundation for the WYASD

Like all Districts within the state, the West York Area School District (WYASD) faces the prospect of tighter budgets moving forward. In an effort to be proactive, the District has assisted in the formation of an educational foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to secure private, tax-deductible donations and grant money to help fund District programs and resources. The Foundation will operate as an independent entity from the District and receive its governance from its own Board of Directors. Naturally, the Foundation will work in a strong collaborative effort with the School District’s Board. I am honored that the District's Board of Directors elected me to serve as its first representative on the Foundation's Board. I look forward to working side-by-side with Mr. Larry Richardson, Mr. Joseph Connolly, Ms. Lori Toth, Mr. Mark Keim, and Mr. Thomas Eyster, who are all members of the community and are parents of current or former West York students. Mr. Eyster is also a West York alumnus and retired teacher. Administrators from the District have agreed to serve on the Foundation’s Board to assist in providing information and guidance as needed. Dr. Emile Lonardi, Superintendent; Mr. George Fike, Business Manager; and Mr. David Peck, Assistant Business Manager, agreed to serve in this capacity.

The Foundation will be actively seeking corporate support through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).  Mr. Richardson was elected President of the Foundation Board. Mr. Connolly was elected Vice President, and he will chair the Fund Development Committee which will focus heavily on the EITC program as well as identifying major funding sources. Ms. Toth was elected Secretary, and she will chair the Publication and Marketing Committee. Mr. Eyster will chair the Alumni Committee, and Mr. Peck will serve as Treasurer. As the Foundation grows, we anticipate needing other committees, including an Audit & Finance Committee and Allocations Committee. That is where you come in! We are in need of volunteers to organize and serve on various committees to help us market the Foundation and attract benefactors, as well as develop action plans. If you are a member of the WYASD community and have a passion for providing students with enhanced programs, we encourage you to call us at (717) 792 2796 for more information on volunteering, or email us at bulldogmail@wyasd.k12.pa.us.

- By Mr. Rodney Drawbaugh, Board President


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