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.

Alumni Directory

To our West York Alumni Community: You will soon be receiving or may have already received a mailed contact card from The Foundation for the West York Area School District requesting that you call a toll free number (800-713-3183) to confirm current biographical information for a West York High School comprehensive directory of graduates. This contact card is a completely legitimate effort approved by both our Foundation and the District. The company compiling this information to build the Directory is Harris Direct out of Chesapeake, Virginia. Harris Direct is a leader in their field preparing Directories for numerous colleges and high schools. We encourage your participation to make this Directory a success. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Peck at 792-2796 (x1006).

Semester Exams

It's never too early to start preparing for exams. Midterms are fast approaching. Exams will be the week of December 14 with December 18 as a 60% day. Exam schedules will be posted soon.

Board Member's View

Wallace Elementary Building Project: Completed On Time and No New Taxes!

Ralph E. Brandt - School Board Director

Several years ago, this Board embarked on an ambitious effort to evaluate the needs of our facilities for the next 15 - 20 years and to make necessary improvements without raising taxes. To that end, the Board conducted a district-wide Comprehensive Study and formed an ad-hoc Facilities Steering Committee to study data and make facility improvement recommendations to the Board. One of the Committee’s recommendations was to add-on to and renovate Wallace Elementary in order to educate all of our kindergarten and first grade students at one location. This recommendation was largely due to the age of Loucks Elementary and the high cost to maintain and renovate it. The Board adhered to those recommendations and the project went smoothly with our new Wallace Elementary building opening its doors to all West York kindergarten and first graders on August 19, 2015. The project was completed on time and with no new taxes.

The improvements at Wallace allow our students to take advantage of the latest instructional technology in every classroom. Wallace now includes many enhanced security and safety features throughout the building, a brand new cafeteria that allows meals to be prepared on location, and exterior improvements that include a new parent drop-off area and increased parking. Hundreds of people attended the Open House on October 8, 2015! It was rewarding to hear so many positive comments as I toured the building.

These great improvements would not have been possible if it were not for long-range planning regarding building facilities and capital improvement funds by previous Board members. Their planning has allowed our current students to receive a great education in student-centered, safe, and well-maintained buildings. This Board is pleased to “pay it forward” for the next generation of students by reinvesting those limited capital funds in our facilities for students who will attend West York during the next 15 - 20 years. This investment is much bigger than our school buildings and grounds. It is also an investment in our students’ futures and integral part of the stability of our community’s housing value and business viability

Homecoming 2015

West York Homecoming Court and Events
West York Area High School is getting ready for Homecoming!
Congratulations to the members of this year’s Homecoming Court: Tafshena Khan,
Samantha Gentzler, Elle Stine, Ally Williams, Amanda Sides, Olivia Sollberger, Josie
Jermyn, Guiseppe Lim, Reese Fuhrman, Matt DellOrfano, Terry Cains, Nick Sarver,
Ryan Narber, and Jack Seifarth. During the week leading up to the game on October
16th, you can support the team by participating in spirit week and dressing according to
the daily themes:
Tuesday the 13th – “Dynamic Duo Day”
Wednesday the 14th – “Unnecessary Accessories”
Thursday the 15th – “Petting Zoo” (Dress like an Animal)
Friday the 16th – “Blue and White Day”
The Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally are scheduled for Wednesday night, October
14th, at 6:30. On Friday, before the game against York Suburban begins at 7:00 p.m.,
the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at 6:30. Then the “Under the Big
Top” themed Homecoming Dance on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. caps off the week!
Go Bulldogs!

Homecoming 2015

Kilts for a Cause

The Girl’s Field Hockey Team challenged the Varsity Football team to the second annual Kilts for a Cause charity event. The fundraiser event raised donations for the York Rescue Mission’s Women’s and Children’s Shelter. The two teams raised around $1,000 in total donations. For the second year in a row, the football team lost the rivalry, but this year the defeat was only 3-0 (compared to last year’s 5-0 loss). Their loss meant that the football players and coaches had to wear kilts to school the day after the game. The charity was what the game was about and as Coach Steigleman said, “It’s great to see the guys and the girls come together in a respectful way and have fun.” 

Kilts for a Cause

Pinwheels for Peace

On Friday, September 25, Trimmer Elementary took part in international “Pinwheels for Peace.” Every student at the school made and designed a pinwheel, and each homeroom made a large class pinwheel. Ms. Loucks then planted 489 pinwheels in the formation of a peace sign paw print on the front lawn. Speeches were made by student ambassadors from every homeroom on the class’s thoughts on peace, war, and living in harmony. The ceremony included a moment of silence, singing, music by concert band’s saxophones, and concluded with a peace walk around Sunset Lane Park. 

Pinwheels for Peace

York Fair Chalk Painting Winner

Congratulations to Tafshena Khan and Suhana Khan with their Grand Prize chalk painting and ribbon! The grand prize was $300 for Tafshena and Suhana and $300 for the art department at the high school. The girls also agreed to donate the painting to the York Fair, at the Fair’s request, to hang in the Fair office.

art students

Buy a Custom Engraved Paver in Bulldog Plaza

The Foundation for the West York Area School District is offering a limited quantity of pavers to be engraved at the entrance plaza to the New High School Gymnasium. The entrance will be patterned with commemorative pavers in three different sizes. This is a great way to leave a family legacy at West York or use as an opportunity to honor someone. Please click on this link and be a part of the new West York Area High School Gymnasium! Pricing and Detail are found on the order form in the link. This is a great opportunity to support the Foundation who partners with the district and community to fund many worthwhile programs.

Open West York Position

West York is accepting job applications for substitute custodians to work on an as needed basis. Interested? Apply by clicking here.

PAECT Keystone Technology Innovators Summit

We want to congratulate Ms. Halcott in her attendance at the PAECT Keystone Technology Innovators Summit. For full details about Ms. Halcott, take a moment and view this article.


Job Openings

West York Area School District has the following open positions:

  • Learning support part time aide
  • Teacher/noon aides

Please see our employment opportunities page for more information.

Coaching Vacancies

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

  • Varsity Head Baseball Coach
  • Junior Varsity Head Baseball Coach

Applications for these positions will be accepted online on our Employment Opportunities Page. Coaching vacancies may not be listed under Job Postings on the Employment Opportunities Page or on the "Vacancy Desired" page in the application. If you are applying for a coaching position that is not posted, please check the box next to Assistant Coach, Head Coach, or Cheerleading Coach on Page 4 of the application, "Position Desired."


Referendum Exceptions

Notice is hereby given that the West York Area School District Board of Directors intends to seek approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for referendum exceptions under Section 333 of Act 1 of Special Session 2006. The District intends to seek approval for the following exceptions: Special Education 333(f)(2)(v) and Retirement Contributions 333(n). 

George W. Fike Jr., Board Secretary

Elementary Principal Update

For the latest district elementary news, including reconfiguration updates, please read this newsletter from our elementary Principals.

School Closing Decision-Making Process

Please read the attached letter from Superintendent Lonardi regarding the decision-making process involved in delaying and/or closing schools due to inclement weather.

Notice of Monthly Board Meetings 2015

Public Notice

West York Area School District Board of Directors
Notice of Monthly Board Meetings 2015

The Board of Directors gives notice of the regularly scheduled 2015 public meetings. Work Sessions will be held the second Tuesday of each month through December except for the month of July (no scheduled meeting).

Work Sessions can be used to take action if necessary. Work Sessions convene at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room, West York Area School District Administration Building, 2605 W. Market St., York, PA 17404. 

Board Meetings will be held the third Tuesday of each month through December except for the month of July (no scheduled meeting). Board Meetings convene at 6:30 p.m. at the West York Area Middle School, 1700 Bannister St., York, PA 17404.

The Board Reorganization Meeting will be held December 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room, West York Area School District Administration Building, 2605 W. Market St., York, PA 17404. 

George W. Fike
Board Secretary

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?

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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

Homecoming 2015
Homecoming 2015