Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania

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Beaver Springs
CDP
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Beaver Springs is located in Pennsylvania
Beaver Springs
Beaver Springs
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°44′40″N 77°12′53″W / 40.74444°N 77.21472°W / 40.74444; -77.21472Coordinates: 40°44′40″N 77°12′53″W / 40.74444°N 77.21472°W / 40.74444; -77.21472
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Snyder
Area
 • Total 2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)
 • Land 2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 634
 • Density 260/sq mi (99/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Beaver Springs is a census-designated place in Spring Township, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 634 at the 2000 census.

Map of Snyder County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

Beaver Springs was first called Reigertown before the name was changed by the post office. It was named for Adam Reiger. He was given the land as a land grant from the Penn proprietors. The town was also known for a time as Adamsburg.[1] The current name was based on the beavers who were active in a local stream and an important spring that was along its main street.[2] In 2006, Beaver Springs celebrated its bicentennial.

General information[edit]

  • ZIP Codes: 17812, 17843
  • Area Code: 570
  • Local Phone Exchange: 658

Geography[edit]

Beaver Springs is located at 40°44′40″N 77°12′53″W / 40.74444°N 77.21472°W / 40.74444; -77.21472 (40.744464, -77.214598).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 634 people, 267 households, and 190 families residing in the community. The population density was 256.4 people per square mile (99.1/km²). There were 274 housing units at an average density of 110.8/sq mi (42.8/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 98.58% White, 0.32% African American, 0.16% Asian, and 0.95% from two or more races.

There were 267 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.83.

The population is spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in Beaver Springs is $30,000, and the median income for a family was $35,987. Males had a median income of $27,120 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,796. About 7.3% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Map of Snyder County, Pennsylvania School Districts

Residents of Beaver Springs may attend the local, public schools operated by Midd-West School District which provides full day kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2013, the Midd-West School District's enrollment declined to 2,200 students.[5] In 2011, Midd-West School District enrollment was 2,202 pupils.[6] Midd-West School District operates: Midd-West High School (8th-12th), Midd-West Middle School (6th-7th), Middleburg Elementary School (K-5th), and West Snyder Elementary School (K-5th). In 2013, Midd-West School District’s graduation rate was 86%.[7]

In 2013, the Pittsburgh Business Times ranked Midd-West School District 313th out of 496 public schools for academic achievement of its pupils.[8] In 2012, Midd-West School District achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) despite the low academic achievement at the high school.[9]

Alternatively, high school aged students living in Beaver Springs can attend the taxpayer funded SUN Area Technical Institute, located in New Berlin, Pennsylvania for training in the building trades, auto mechanics, culinary arts, allied health careers and other areas. SUN Area Technical Institute is funded by a consortium of the school districts, which includes: Midd-West School District, Lewisburg Area School District, Shikellamy School District, Mifflinburg Area School District and Selinsgrove Area School District.

Beaver Springs residents may also apply to attend any of the Commonwealth's 14 public cyber charter schools (in 2013) at no additional cost to the parents. This includes SusQ Cyber Charter School which is locally operated. The resident’s public school district is required to pay the charter school and cyber charter school tuition for residents who attend these public schools.[10][11] The tuition rate that Midd-West School District must pay was $9,626.31 in 2012. By Commonwealth law, if the District provides transportation for its own students, then the District must provide transportation to any school that lies within 10 miles of its borders. Residents may also seek admission for their school aged child to any other public school district. When accepted for admission, the student's parents are responsible for paying an annual tuition fee set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit #16 provides a wide variety of services to children living in its region, which includes Beaver Springs. Early screening, special education services, speech and hearing therapy, autistic support, preschool classes and many other services like driver education are available. Services for children during the preschool years are provided without cost to their families when the child is determined to meet eligibility requirements. Intermediate units receive taxpayer funding: through subsidies paid by member school districts; through direct charges to users for some services; through the successful application for state and federal competitive grants and through private grants.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is a public university located in Bloomsburg. It is one of the 14 state universities that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Eleventh and twelfth grade students may attend the University at a significant tuition discount through its Dual Enrollment program earning college credits while still earning their high school diploma. The university also operates a summer college program called ACE [1], where high school students can earn credits at a 75% tuition discount during the summer semester. The credits are transferable to many other Pennsylvania universities through the state’s TRAC system. [2]

Beaver Springs community members have access to the Snyder County Public Library System which is headquartered at the Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library, 1 North High Street, Selinsgrove. Through it all Pennsylvania residents have access to the POWER Library online resources. Township residents may also use the Beavertown Community Library on 111 West Walnut Street, Beavertown, the Middleburg Community Library, 13 North Main Street, Middleburg and the McClure Community Library located at 4 Library Lane, McClure.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Beaver Springs, Penna" 1906
  2. ^ The Writings of Agnes Selin Schoch, reprinted by Snyder County Times, February 23, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 4, 2013). "District Fast Facts - Midd_West School District". 
  6. ^ NCES, Common Core of Data - MIdd-West School District, 2011
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 4, 2013). "Midd-West High School School Performance Profile 2013". 
  8. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times (April 5, 2013). "Guide to Pennsylvania Schools Statewide ranking 2013". 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "Midd-West School District AYP Overview 2012". 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "Charter Schools". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "What is a Charter School?".