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West York Area School District
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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.


Athletic Director's Fall 2014 Report

Congratulations to all of our athletic teams on a great fall season. For an overview, please take a look at our Athletic Director's Report.


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


Public Notice: PRIDE and EPC Meetings

West York Area School District Board of Directors

Notice is hereby given of the following scheduled committee meetings.

Positive Relationships in District Education (PRIDE) Committee Meeting - December 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Middle School Cafeteria, West York Area Middle School, 1700 Bannister St., York, PA 17404. 

Educational Program Committee (EPC) Meeting - January 5, 2015, 4:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Board Room, West York Area School District Administration Building, 2605 West Market Street, York, PA 17404. 

George W. Fike
Board Secretary


Welcome, New Bulldogs!

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

Dawn Bowman - Middle School Food Service Assistant
Darla Johns - Middle School Custodian
Kristine Marino - Lincolnway Noon/Teacher Aide


Board Member's View: Introducing a "Micro" West York Area School District

Board Member's View: Introducing a "Micro" West York Area School District
-- George H. Margetas, School Board Director 

I began serving as a School Board Director in December 2013. In less than one year, I have witnessed many changes, large and small. By now we have all heard about building renovation and construction projects that will provide our students and the community with structurally sound buildings and improved security. Most of us, certainly residents with children in grades two through five, are aware of the grade reconfiguration that occurred at the onset of this school year. These two large-scale changes were made to accommodate the academic needs of our students and community. These tangible changes primarily impact our students' experiences while physically at school. However, I want to focus this article on a less tangible, but equally as important, change - the West York Area School District Mobile App. 

The West York App essentially creates a "micro" West York that is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You no longer need to check the mailbox for yesterday's Blue & White news stories or be tethered to a computer to receive online information about the district. Our free App can be downloaded from your favorite app store and installed on your smart phone so you can receive current time news stories. In fact, you might even see a news story that includes your child before the school day even ends! You can use the App to gain immediate mobile access to school calendars, sports schedules, lunch menus, teacher contact information, student grades, and notifications of school cancellations and delays. It even collects all principal Tweets in one easy-to-follow feed. Parents can add money to their child's lunch account on the fly, sports fans can get live score updates, and anyone - students, parents, employees, or member of the public - can use the App to quickly and easily submit information to the appropriate District employee via the Tip Line. The Tip Line has only been in place since the beginning of this school year and has been used to report bullying, a broken water pipe, and send kudos to staff! 

The West York Mobile app puts a lot of valuable information into the palm of your hand. The app has already been downloaded 1873 times. If you have not already done so, please visit your app store to download it today!


Congratulations to Jahna Alleyne!

Congratulations to Jahna Alleyne on being named a semifinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program, a program that awards scholarship money based on 2013 PSAT scores. She was one of only 1,600 chosen from a pool of 160,000 eligible students! The National Achievement Scholarship Program was established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Finalists will be chosen in January of 2015. Congratulations and best of luck, Jahna!


Congratulations to the 2014 Outstanding Teachers of the Year!

Ms. Carrie R. Jones and Ms. Kirsty P. Houck are this year’s West York Area School District’s (WYASD’s) recipients of the Shippensburg University Outstanding Teacher Award.

Ms. Carrie R. JonesMs. Jones is a biology teacher at West York Area High School (WYAHS) and has been with WYASD for eight years.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Gettysburg College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education – Biology from York College of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at McDaniel College.  She is currently pursuing her Pennsylvania Principal certification.  

Ms. Kirsty P. HouckMs. Houck, also a biology teacher at WYAHS, has been with WYASD for twelve years.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Development from Wilkes University, and Pennsylvania Secondary Education in Biology certification from Millersville University.

Ms. Jones and Ms. Houck frequently collaborate on projects both in and out of the classroom.  As Janet May, WYAHS Principal notes, “it is difficult to talk about Carrie without also mentioning Kirsty” and vice versa.  They “display a synergy that is not often seen among colleagues.”  In their time together in the science department at WYAHS, Ms. Jones and Ms. Houck have joined forces to present sessions on classroom tools to colleagues, including Edmodo, Quizlet, and CDT, along with an original presentation entitled “Improving both student efficacy and student achievement while holding students accountable for their learning.”  Both are founding members of the SWPBS (School-Wide Positive Behavior Support) Committee, which promotes a positive learning environment, as well as members of the STEE (Science, Technology, Environment, Ecology) Committee, a committee involved in planning the District’s science curriculum.  Together, Ms. Jones and 
Ms. Houck designed and implemented review programs to prepare students for the Biology Keystone Exam, and they have been asked to serve on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s committee to develop and grade Keystone Exams.  They work together as Graduation Project Advisors and both have given their time to judge student science fair projects. They initiated the student and staff recognition programs “Stellar Student,” “Stellar Staff,” and “Bucket of Bones.”  In the co-curricular arena, they were advisors for the Women in Science Club and are currently Challenge Day Committee members and Class Advisors.

In addition, as a member of the Teacher Effectiveness Committee, Ms. Jones recently presented “Educator Effectiveness: The New Evaluative Tool” to the West York Area School Board.  She is a Student Council Advisor and, as such, assisted in the huge undertaking of the Penn State Mini-THON held at WYAHS this past school year which raised $35,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund.  In her personal time, Ms. Jones participates in and organizes drives to raise funds for worthy causes, including Habitat for Humanity.  Principal May calls her the “best of the best” and says she “pushes her students toward success, but also pushes herself as well.”

Ms. Houck  has served as advisor for several clubs during her time at WYAHS, including Project Harmony, Forensic Science, and Science Fanatics.  This year, she will be joining Ms. Jones as a Student Council Advisor.  In her time away from work, she is an active member of the Junior League and helps with Girl Scouts.  Principal May calls Ms. Houck an “outstanding teacher” who “has worked with colleagues to institute positive incentive programs for both students and staff, and she readily lends a hand to anyone in need.”
Congratulations to Ms. Jones and Ms. Houck!

Congratulations to the 2014 Outstanding Teachers of the Year!


Coaching Vacancies

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

  • Girls Lacrosse Coach
  • Junior High Assistant Girls Volleyball Coach

For next fall, we have openings in the following areas:

  • Head Golf Coach
  • Varsity Head Boys Soccer Coach
  • Head Varsity Football Coach
  • Head Girls Tennis 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."


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?

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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


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