The School District
Included in the 214 square miles of the school district are the borough of Coudersport and the townships of Eulalia, Hebron, Sweden, Summit, Homer and part of Allegany. Student enrollment is comprised of approximately 940 students. These students are housed in two buildings located within one mile of each other in the borough of Coudersport.
The school district provides academic, business education and agriculture science programs of studies. The curriculum of the district is augmented by special and vocational education services through the Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit. The Area Vocational-Technical School is located 17 miles west of Coudersport in Port Allegany and offers instruction in eleven occupational areas.
Historically, approximately two-thirds of the graduates of the school district enroll in two or four year colleges.
Coudersport, the county seat in of Potter County, is located at the junction of U.S. Route 6 and Pennsylvania Route 49 in the Northcentral section of the Commonwealth. Ski Denton is located approximately 10 miles from town and the Allegany National Forest is less than 50 miles away. Hunting, fishing and winter sports make this area an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. The town is nestled in the rolling hills that are intermingled with open farmlands and wooded areas. Because of its high altitude and lack of polluting industries, Coudersport boasts some of the cleanest air in the nation.
Many of Coudersport’s 4,300 residents (with a total county population of 17,000) work for several local industries. Largest employers include Time Warner Communications, Level 3 Communications, Pure Carbon(Morgan Advanced Materials), Potter County Employees, Cole Care and the Cole Manor, ZitoMedia Communications and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. The work force in the Coudersport area is a mixture of professional, skilled, semi-skilled and high tech communication specialists.
The town has a good public library that is supported by public and private funds. Medical services are provided by independent practitioners and the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, which is located within two miles of town. There are eleven churches in the Coudersport area.
The Coudersport area and its neighboring communities have the resources to meet the practical, cultural, recreational and spiritual needs of its residents.
The staff consists of a superintendent, an elementary, secondary and vice principal, a business manager and assistant business manager; a director of buildings and grounds, a technology coordinator, a cafeteria manager, three guidance counselors, two librarians, two nurses and sixty-four teachers. The above-mentioned staff members are complemented by thirty-seven support staff members who serve as teaching aides, custodians, secretaries, and cafeteria workers.
The market value of the school district is approximately $279,322,600; the assessed value is $105,913,270, and the personal income is $92,364,524. The 2006-2007 general fund budget is $10,631,871, a 0.42% increase over last year. School district revenue is comprised of $5,171,607 from local sources, $5,310,913 from state subsidy and $149,351 from the federal government. To support the budget requirements, the tax millage is presently set at 40.19 mills.
The present market value / personal income aid ratio for 2005-2006 is .4867.
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