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Friday, April 26, 2013 
 


Radio Show

Audio Icon Click here to listen to CRO Veno on the January 29, 2013 Smart Talk Radio show.   

Announcements

PDF April 26, 2013 - RECOVERY PLAN CALLS FOR ALL PARTIES TO SACRIFICE TO SAVE HARRISBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT 

PDF March 7, 2013 - CHIEF RECOVERY OFFICER GENE G. VENO REQUESTS 45-DAY EXTENSION TO COMPLETE PLAN FOR THE FINANCIAL AND ACADEMIC RECOVERY OF HARRISBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT
  
PDF January 14, 2013 - CHIEF RECOVERY OFFICER TO CONVENE FIRST ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING 

PDF January 3, 2013 - STATEMENT BY HSD CHIEF RECOVERY OFFICER GENE G. VENO  

December 13, 2012 - SECRETARY OF EDUCATION DECLARES HARRISBURG CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN FINANCIAL RECOVERY, NAMES CHIEF RECOVERY OFFICER  

Resources

  • Visit our About the Law page to access a brief legislative summary of Act 141, a summary of the process that Harrisburg School District is following as required by the law and a link to the full text of Act 141.
     
  • Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to access additional background information about the district and information about the timeline leading up to the release of the recovery plan.
     
  • Visit our Public Meetings page for a full listing of public meetings. A video record of each public meeting will be posted on this page shortly following each meeting.


Background: Harrisburg

The Harrisburg School District is a large, urban, public school district based in Harrisburg, PA, based in  Dauphin County.  Harrisburg is home to over 40 parish elementary schools, seven Catholic high schools, numerous other private schools and middle schools.

There were 8,401 students in the district and roughly 1,200 faculty and staff in 2007. Enrollment has steadily declined since 2005 due to a steady exodus from the city and a lower reproductive rate. A multi-year restructuring and reform plan was aimed at making the district a model urban educational system.

In January 2010 the Mayor took control of the district.  The local community elected a school board and restored local control of the district. 

In 2009, Harrisburg High School ranked 636th out of 666 Pennsylvania high schools for the reading and mathematics achievement of its students.  In 2012 the district was ranked 494th out of 497 school districts by the Pittsburgh Business Times.  The ranking was based on the last three years of student academic performance on the PSSAs for math, reading, writing and science.  In 2012, Harrisburg’s graduation rate was 45%.

During the 2011-12 school year, the elected school board eliminated over 150 teachers, 22 administrators and 39 support staff, closing three schools due to low enrollment.  It closed buildings and transferred control of the preschool program to Capital Area Head Start.

In Pennsylvania, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend private nonpublic schools, cyber charter schools, charter schools and those homeschooled are eligible to participate in extracurricular programs, including athletics.