West Shore School District

West Shore School District, is a large, suburban, public school district with its main office located in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. This district serves students in eastern Cumberland County and northern York County. It serves the municipalities of Lemoyne, New Cumberland and Wormleysburg boroughs and Lower Allen Township in Cumberland County; Goldsboro and Lewisberry boroughs, Fairview Township and Newberry Township in York County. West Shore School District encompasses approximately 78 square miles (200 km2). According to 2000 federal census data, the district served a resident population of 57,960 people. By 2010, the district's population increased to 62,514 people.[1]

West Shore School District
507 Fishing Creek Road
New Cumberland
, Cumberland County and York County, Pennsylvania, 17070-9517
United States
District information
Students and staff
District mascotRed Land Patriots; Cedar Cliff Colts; Allen mustangs; crossroads thunder; new Cumberland tigers
Other information
West Shore School District region in York County

According to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 26 of the district's pupils lived at 185% or below the Federal Poverty Level [1] as shown by their eligibility for the federal free or reduced price school meal programs in 2012.[2] In 2009, the District residents' per capita income was $24,740, while the median family income was $57,500.[3] In the Commonwealth, the median family income was $49,501[4] and the United States median family income was $49,445, in 2010.[5] In York County, the median household income was $57,494.[6] By 2013, the median household income in the United States rose to $52,100.[7]

Based on enrollment, the school district is the largest serving Cumberland County and one of the largest in the greater Harrisburg metropolitan area. It was formed in 1966 from four small Cumberland County districts and one school district in York County.[8] About 58 percent of the district's students come from York County, with the remaining 42 percent coming from Cumberland County. Eighty percent of the district's area resides in York County.[8]

West Shore School District operates two high schools (grades 9–12). Most students from Cumberland County attend Cedar Cliff High School and most of the York County students attend Red Land High School. The district also operates three middle schools (grades 6–8 currently, 7-8 in 2024), 2 intermediate schools (grades 5-6, opening in 2024), and ten elementary schools (grades K-5 currently, grades k-4 in 2024).

Schools edit

  • Cedar Cliff High School Principal: Dr. Kevin Fillgrove
  • Red Land High School Principal: Melissa Herbert
  • Allen Middle School Principal: Brian Granger
  • New Cumberland Middle School Principal: Jennifer Post
  • Crossroads Middle School Principal: Tracy Dominick
  • Fairview Intermediate opening fall 2024, Principal:
  • Old Trail Intermediate opening fall 2024, Principal:
  • Washington Heights Elementary School Principal: Michelle Trevino
  • Red Mill Elementary School Principal: Ryan Deveney
  • Newberry Elementary School Principal: Travis Peck
  • Rossmoyne Elementary School Principal: Christopher Stine
  • Hillside Elementary School Principal: Julie Dougherty
  • Highland Elementary School Principal: Meghan Sheraw
  • Fishing Creek Elementary School Principal: Lisa Crum

Herman Avenue and Washington Heights were sister schools up until 2000; Herman Avenue was grades k-2, and Washington Heights was grades 3-5. Washington Heights is now k-5, since its rebuild in 1999. Lower Allen and Rossmoyne Elementary Schools were sister schools, however, Lower Allen closed in 2021, and Rossmoyne is now k–5. Mount Zion and Fairview Elementary Schools once were sister schools, until Mount Zion closed in 2012. Fairview Elementary School is currently k-5, but will be 5-6 beginning in Fall 2024.

Extracurriculars edit

West Shore School District offers a variety of clubs, activities and an extensive sports program.

Sports edit

The District funds:

Cedar Cliff High School

Red Land High School

Middle Schools:

According to PIAA directory July 2012 [9]

On March 19, 2015, the West Shore School District school board voted 6–2 to combine the Cedar Cliff and Red Land marching bands, to make West Shore Marching Band. It is under the direction of Robert Starrett (band director at Red Land), Eric Graybill (band director at Cedar Cliff), and George Clements (band director at Allen Middle School).

Closed Schools edit

Lemoyne Middle School edit

The West Shore School Board voted unanimously to close Lemoyne Middle School in June 2013 to deal with budget constraints. The initial decision was to close either Lemoyne Middle School or New Cumberland Middle School. Students were reassigned to the remaining 3 middle schools in the district.[10]

Mount Zion Elementary School edit

Mount Zion Elementary School was a grade k-2 school located in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, Fairview Township. After completing second grade, students would continue to third grade at Fairview Elementary School.

In January 2012, the members of the school board proposed the closure of Mount Zion Elementary School, to help save the district's budget. In spring 2012, the final vote was made to close Mount Zion after the end of the school year. Since its close, the district temporarily placed its students and incoming students of that area to other elementary schools in the district, until expansions at Fairview Elementary School were complete. Fairview Elementary School currently serves as a k-5 elementary school, but will become an intermediate school for grades 5 and 6 in Fall 2024.[11]

Fairview elementary school edit

Fairview elementary is a k-5 school located in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, Fairview Township. In November 2022, the school district voted to close Fairview once the intermediate schools open in fall 2024 due to budget restraints. The students from Fairview would be brought to Fishing Creek, Rossmoyne, or Newberry elementary schools.

Lower Allen Elementary School edit

Lower Allen Elementary was a grade k-2 school located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Lower Allen Township. After completing second grade, students would continue to Rossmoyne Elementary School.

Following the completion of the new Rossmoyne Elementary School build, Lower Allen Elementary would be closed in 2021.

References edit

  1. ^ US Census Bureau, 2010 Census Poverty Data by Local Educational Agency, 2011
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Education Facts Student Poverty Concentration by LEA, 2012
  3. ^ American Fact Finder, US Census Bureau, 2009
  4. ^ US Census Bureau (2010). "American Fact Finder, State and County quick facts".
  5. ^ US Census Bureau (September 2011). "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010" (PDF).
  6. ^ US Census Bureau (2014). "Pennsylvania Median household income, 2006–2010 by County".
  7. ^ Michael Sauter & Alexander E.M. Hess (August 31, 2013). "America's most popular six-figure jobs". USA Today.
  8. ^ a b "About the West Shore School District". The Sentinel Online. 2006. Retrieved February 6, 2007.
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (2012). "PIAA School Directory".
  10. ^ Phyllis Zimmerman., West Shore School District plans to close Lemoyne Middle School, Pennlive.com, April 18, 2013
  11. ^ Allison Dougherty (May 10, 2012). "West Shore School District to close Mount Zion Elementary School".

External links edit