Riverside School District (Pennsylvania)

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Riverside School District
Map of Lackawanna County Pennsylvania School Districts.PNG
300 Davis Street, Taylor, PA 18517
United States
Type Public School
Superintendent David E. Woods
Principal Joseph Moceyunas
Vice principal Dave Walsh
Grades K–12
Enrollment 1507 pupils enrolled (2010)[1]
Kindergarten 122
Grade 1 114
Grade 2 113
Grade 3 123
Grade 4 114
Grade 5 105
Grade 6 118
Grade 7 134
Grade 8 134
Grade 9 112
Grade 10 118
Grade 11 110
Grade 12 90
Other Enrollment projected to be 1800 pupils in 2019
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red and Blue
Mascot Vikings
Rival Old Forge Blue Devils
Information 570-562-2121 option 4
Business Manager Joseph Surridge
Director of Special Education Kristin Samsell
District Technology Coordinator Barbara Chisdock
Director of Food Services Donna Gilroy
Solicitor, Attorney Raymond C. Rinaldi, II

The Riverside School District is a small, suburban public school district in Lackawanna Countywhich formed in 1961. The school serves the boroughs of Moosic and Taylor, both suburbs of Scranton. Riverside School District encompasses approximately 12 square miles. According to 2000 local census data, the district serves a resident population of 12,050. Per school district officials, in school year 2007–08 the Riverside School District provided basic educational services to 1,520 pupils through the employment of 126 teachers, 71 full-time and part-time support personnel, and 11 administrators.

The Riverside School District operates two elementary schools: Riverside Elementary West School (kindergarten to fourth grades), and Riverside Elementary East School (kindergarten to sixth grade) and a combined junior-senior high school for grades 7–12.

Academic achievement[edit]

The Riverside School District was ranked 376th out of 498 Pennsylvania school districts, in 2010, by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on student academic performance on five years of PSSA results in: reading, writing, mathematics and three years of science.[2]

  • 2010 – 313th[3]
  • 2009 – 269th
  • 2008 – 269th
  • 2007 – 312th of 501 school districts by the Pittsburgh Business Times.[4]

In 2009, the academic achievement, of the students in the Riverside School District, was in the 24th percentile among all 500 Pennsylvania school districts Scale (0–99; 100 is state best)[5]

In 2008, the combined SAT score of the students in Riverside School District was 974. In 2006, Riverside students' score had been 945. Among Lackawanna County public school districts' the average SAT score was 954 in 2008. This was a 12 point increase over the 2007 average. Among Lackawanna County school districts, the highest SAT score average was achieved at Abington Heights School District.[6]

The Riverside School District’s writing proficiency scores varied with each grade that was analyzed. Fifth graders writing achievement was higher than the county averages every year; however, in 2009 the 5th grade scores declined by 9.3% to 71% on grade level. Riverside Eighth graders writing scores were below Lackawanna County’s average from 2006 through 2009. In 2009, 64% of the district's eighth graders were on grade level in writing. Riverside's eleventh grade writing scores decreased from a high of 96% in 2006 to 87% in 2009.[7]

Since 2008, Pennsylvania has tested 4th, 8th and 11th graders for science proficiency. At Riverside School District, 30.5% of students tested were proficient or advanced in science. Fifty percent of Riverside 4th graders scored Advanced, while just 8% of 11th grades were Advanced in science. Countywide 27.5% of eleventh graders were advanced in science.[8]

Riverside Junior-Senior High School[edit]

The school is located at: 310 Davis Street, Taylor, PA, 18517. The Principal is Joseph Moceyunas and the Vice Principal is Dan Gilroy.

Th school is in School Improvement Level I AYP status in 2009 and 2010.[9] Parents received notice they could transfer to a better achievement high school in the district.

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Riverside Junior Senior High School's rate was 83% for 2010.[10]

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
  • 2010 – 60% on grade level (18% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders on grade level.[15]
  • 2009 – 73% (11% below basic), State – 65%
  • 2008 – 65% (12% below basic), State – 65%[16]
  • 2007 – 68% (15% below basic), State – 65%[17]
11th Grade Math:
  • 2010 – 64% on grade level (20% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
  • 2009 – 47% (29% below basic), State – 56%[18]
  • 2008 – 60% (23% below basic), State – 56%
  • 2007 – 51% (24% below basic), State – 53%
11th Grade Science:
  • 2010 – 41% on grade level (18% below basic). State – 39% of 11th graders were on grade level.
  • 2009 – 32%, State – 40%
  • 2008 – 30% (17% below basic), State – 39%[19]

College remediation: According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 35% of Riverside Senior High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[20] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[21] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Dual enrollment[edit]

The high school offers a dual enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offered a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[22] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[23]

For the 2009–10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $87,483 for the program.[24]

Riverside Elementary West School[edit]

The school is located at: 300 Davis Street, Taylor, PA, 18517. The Principal is Paul Brennan. In 2010, the school's attendance rate was reported as 95% and in 2009 the rate was 94%.[25] The school achieved Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind in 2010. The school provides Kindergarten through 4th grade in 2010–11.

5th Grade Reading;
  • 2010 – 51% (21% below basic), State – 64%[26]
  • 2009 – 61% (21% below basic), State – 64%
5th Grade Math;
  • 2010 – 78%, State – 74%
  • 2009 – 77%, State – 73%
4th Grade Reading;
  • 2010 – 67% (18% below basic), State – 73%
  • 2009 – 67% (17% below basic), State – 72%
  • 2008 – 66% (14% below basic), State – 70%
4th Grade Math;
  • 2010 – 89%, State – 84%
  • 2009 – 77%, State – 81%
  • 2008 – 92%, State – 80%
4th Grade Science;
  • 2010 – 90% (3% below basic), State – 81%
  • 2009 – 86% (6% below basic), State – 83%
  • 2008 – 90%, State – 81%
3rd Grade Reading;
  • 2010 – 65% (30% below basic), State – 75%
  • 2009 – 74% (14% below basic), State – 77%
  • 2008 – 78%, State – 70%
3rd Grade Math;
  • 2010 – 70%, State – 84%
  • 2009 – 81%, State – 81%
  • 2008 – 72%, State – 80%

Riverside Elementary East School[edit]

The school is located at: School and Kreig Street, Moosic, PA, 18507. The Principal is Scott Pentasuglio. In 2010, the school's attendance rate was reported as 95% and in 2009 the rate was 95%.[27] The school achieved Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind in 2010. The school provides Kindergarten through 6th grade.

6th Grade Reading
  • 2010 – 66%, State – 68%[28]
  • 2009 – 61%, State – 67%
  • 2008 – 72%, State – 67%
6th Grade Math
  • 2010 – 74%, State – 78%
  • 2009 – 76%, State – 75%
  • 2008 – 79%, State – 72%
5th Grade Reading;
  • 2010 – 51% (21% below basic), State – 64%
  • 2009 – 61% (21% below basic), State – 64%
  • 2008 – 77% (12% below basic), State – 62%
5th Grade Math;
  • 2010 – 78%, State – 74%
  • 2009 – 77%, State – 73%
  • 2008 – 80%, State – 73%
4th Grade Reading;
  • 2010 – 67% (18% below basic), State – 73%
  • 2009 – 67% (17% below basic), State – 72%
  • 2008 – 70% (13% below basic), State – 70%
4th Grade Math;
  • 2010 – 89%, State – 84%
  • 2009 – 77%, State – 81%
  • 2008 – 81%, State – 80%
4th Grade Science;
  • 2010 – 90%, State – 81%
  • 2009 – 86%, State – 83%
  • 2008 – 82%, State – 81%
3rd Grade Reading;
  • 2010 – 65% (30% below basic), State – 75%
  • 2009 – 74% (14% below basic), State – 77%
  • 2008 – 82% (2% below basic), State – 70%
3rd Grade Math;
  • 2010 – 70%, State – 84%
  • 2009 – 81%, State – 81%
  • 2008 – 89%, State – 80%

Special education[edit]

In December 2009, the district administration reported that 280 pupils or 18.7% of the district's pupils received Special Education services.[29]

The District engages in identification procedures to ensure that eligible students receive an appropriate educational program consisting of special education and related services, individualized to meet student needs. At no cost to the parents, these services are provided in compliance with state and federal law; and are reasonably calculated to yield meaningful educational benefit and student progress. To identify students who may be eligible for special education, various screening activities are conducted on an ongoing basis. These screening activities include: review of group-based data (cumulative records, enrollment records, health records, report cards, ability and achievement test scores); hearing, vision, motor, and speech/language screening; and review the school special education department. When screening results suggest that the student may be eligible, the District seeks parental consent to conduct a multidisciplinary evaluation. Parents who suspect their child is eligible may verbally request a multidisciplinary evaluation from a professional employee of the District or contact the Special Education Department.[30]

In 2010, the state of Pennsylvania provided $1,026,815,000 for Special Education services. The funds were distributed to districts based on a state policy which estimates that 16% of the district's pupils are receiving special education services. This funding is in addition to the state's basic education per pupil funding, as well as, all other state and federal funding.[31]

Riverside School District received a $760,672 supplement for special education services in 2010.[32]

Gifted education[edit]

The District Administration reported that 23 or 1.53% of its students were gifted in 2009.[33] By law, the district must provide mentally gifted programs at all grade levels. The referral process for a gifted evaluation can be initiated by teachers or parents by contacting the student’s building principal and requesting an evaluation. All requests must be made in writing. To be eligible for mentally gifted programs in Pennsylvania, a student must have a cognitive ability of at least 130 as measured on a standardized ability test by a certified school psychologist. Other factors that indicate giftedness will also be considered for eligibility.[34] Through the strategic planning process, the Superintendent must ensure that Riverside School District provides a continuum of program and service options to meet the needs of all mentally gifted students for enrichment, acceleration, or both.

Bullying Policy[edit]

The Riverside School Administration reported there were no incidents of bullying occurring in the schools in 2009.[35][36]

The school board prohibits bullying by district students and employees. The Board directs that complaints of bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when allegations are verified. No reprisals or retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith reports of bullying.[37] All Pennsylvania schools are required to have an anti-bullying policy incorporated into their Code of Student Conduct. The policy must identify disciplinary actions for bullying and designate a school staff person to receive complaints of bullying. The policy must be available on the school's website and posted in every classroom. All Pennsylvania public schools must provide a copy of its anti-bullying policy to the Office for Safe Schools every year, and shall review their policy every three years. Additionally, the district must conduct an annual review of that policy with students.[38] District administration are required to annually provide the following information with the district's Safe School Report: the board’s bullying policy, a report of bullying incidents in the school district, and information on the development and implementation of any bullying prevention, intervention or education programs. The Center for Schools and Communities works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist schools and communities as they research, select and implement bullying prevention programs and initiatives.[39]

Board of Education[edit]

The Board of Education determines the school district's annual budget, as well as, setting policies for the students and district employees. The board has policies in place regarding bullying and cyberbullying, disclosure of specific records, public records, administrative regulations, exempted records, and fees for administrative record requests.


  • President, Robert Bennie
  • Vice President, Charles Maurer
  • Secretary, James Schiavo
  • Treasurer, Thomas Harrison


  • Carol Armstrong
  • Shannon Powell Cosminski
  • Michael Duda
  • Perina Janeski
  • Timothy Lavelle

The Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives Sunshine Review gave the school board and district administration a "F" for transparency based on a review of "What information can people find on their school district's website". It examined the school district's website for information regarding; taxes, the current budget, meetings, school board members names and terms, contracts, audits, public records information and more.[40]

Mission Statement[edit]

The mission of the Riverside School District is to prepare all students to be productive and responsible citizens of a changing global community by fostering: Lifelong self-directed learning, Acquisition of essential knowledge and skills and Independent and collaborative decision making, through critical thinking and tolerance for human diversity, in a safe and orderly environment.


In 2009, the district reports employing over 120 teachers with a starting salary of $36,095 for 184 days for pupil instruction. The average teacher salary was $47,711 while the maximum salary was $100,000.[41] As of 2007, Pennsylvania ranked in the top 10 states in average teacher salaries. When adjusted for cost of living Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for teacher compensation.[42] Additionally, Riverside School District teachers receive a defined benefit pension, health insurance, professional development reimbursement, 3 paid personal days, 10 sick days, 4 paid death days, a severance package of $65 per unused sick day, a prescription plan and other benefits. Teachers are paid an additional hourly rate, if they are required to work outside of the regular school day. The school day is 6 hours and 35 minutes in elementary schools and 7 hours and 10 minutes in the junior/senior high school. Teachers who serve as department heads receive extra compensation. A retirement bonus of 90% of one year's salary is paid to encourage teachers with more than 25 years service to retire.[43] According to State Rep. Glen Grell, a trustee of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System Board, a 40-year educator can retire with a pension equal to 100 percent of their final salary.[44]

In 2007, the district employed 105 teachers. The average teacher salary in the district was $50,958 for 184 school days worked.[45]

Riverside School District administrative costs per pupil in 2008 was $810.54 per pupil. This ranked 183rd out of 500 school districts. The lowest administrative cost per pupil in Pennsylvania was $398 per pupil.[46]

In 2008, Riverside School District reported spending $13,772 per pupil. This ranked 119th in the commonwealth.[47]


In 2009, the district reported $398,492 in an unreserved-undesignated fund balance. The designated fund balance was reported as zero.[48]

In March 2010, the Pennsylvania Auditor General conducted a performance audit of the district. Multiple findings were reported to the administration and school board.[49]

The district is funded by a combination of: a local earned income tax, a property tax, a real estate transfer tax 0.5%, coupled with substantial funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government. Grants can provide an opportunity to supplement school funding without raising local taxes.[50] In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pension and Social Security income are exempted from state personal income tax and local earned income tax regardless of the individual's wealth.[51]

State basic education funding[edit]

For 2010–11 the Riverside School District received a 3.68% increase in state Basic Education Funding resulting in a $4,739,257 payment.[52] Dunmore School District received an 11.88% increase, which was the highest increase in BEF in Lackawanna County. Kennett Consolidated School District in Chester County received the highest increase in the state at 23.65% increase in funding for the 2010–11 school year. One hundred fifty school districts received the base 2% increase in 2010–11. The amount of increase each school district receives is determined by the Governor and the Secretary of Education through the allocation set in the state budget proposal made in February each year.[53]

In the 2009–2010 budget year the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided a 2% increase in Basic Education funding for a total of $4,571,029. The state Basic Education funding to the district in 2008–09 was $4,481,401.13. The district also received supplemental funding for English language learners, Title 1 federal funding for low-income students, for district size, a poverty supplement from the commonwealth and more.[54] Scranton School District received a 9.46% increase which was the highest increase in Lackawanna County for the 2009–10 school year. Among the 500 school districts in Pennsylvania, Muhlenberg School District in Berks County received the highest with a 22.31% increase in funding.[55]

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 526 district students received free or reduced-price lunches due to low family income in the 2007–2008 school year.[56]

Accountability Block Grants[edit]

Beginning in 2004–2005, the state launched the Accountability Block Grant school funding. This program has provided $1.5 billion to Pennsylvania’s school districts. The Accountability Block Grant program requires that its taxpayer dollars are focused on specific interventions that are most likely to increase student academic achievement. These interventions include: teacher training, all-day kindergarten, lower class size K-3rd grade, literacy and math coaching programs that provide teachers with individualized job-embedded professional development to improve their instruction, before or after school tutoring assistance to struggling students. For 2010–11 the Riverside School District applied for and received $215,264 in addition to all other state and federal funding. The district used the funding to provide full-day kindergarten for the 7th year.[57][58]

Classrooms for the Future grant[edit]

The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with hundreds of thousands of extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, Science, History, Math) and paid for teacher training to optimize the computers use. The program was funded from 2006–2009. Riverside School District did not apply in 2006–07. In 2007–08 the district received $203,422. For the 2008–09, school year the district received $45,413 for a total of $248,835. Of the 501 public school districts in Pennsylvania, 447 of them received Classrooms for the Future grant awards.[59]

Federal Stimulus grant[edit]

The district received an extra $1,345,160 in ARRA – Federal Stimulus money to be used in specific programs like Title 1, special education and meeting the academic needs of low-income students.[60] The funding was for the 2009–10 and 2010–11 school years.

Race to the Top grant[edit]

School district officials did not apply for the Race to the Top federal grant which would have brought the district over one million additional federal dollars for improving student academic achievement.[61][62] Participation required the administration, the school board and the local teachers' union to sign an agreement to prioritize improving student academic success.[63] In Pennsylvania, 120 public school districts and 56 charter schools agreed to participate.[64] Pennsylvania was not approved for the grant. The failure of districts to agree to participate was cited as one reason that Pennsylvania was not approved.[65]

Common Cents state initiative[edit]

The Riverside School Board chose to not participate in the Pennsylvania Department of Education Common Cents program. The program called for the state to audit the district, at no cost to local taxpayers, to identify ways the district could save tax dollars.[66] After the review of the information, the district was not required to implement any of the recommended cost savings changes.

Real estate taxes[edit]

The Riverside School Board set property tax rates in 2010–2011 at 101.8200 mills.[67] A mill is $1 of tax for every $1,000 of a property's assessed value. Irregular property reassessments have become a serious issue in the commonwealth as it creates a significant disparity in taxation within a community and across a region. Pennsylvania school district revenues are dominated by two main sources: 1) Property tax collections, which account for the vast majority (between 75–85%) of local revenues; and 2) Act 511 tax collections (Local Tax Enabling Act), which are around 15% of revenues for school districts.[68]

  • 2009–10 – 101.8200 mills.[69]

The Act 1 of 2006 Index regulates the rates at which each school district can raise property taxes in Pennsylvania. Districts are not authorized to raise taxes above that index unless they allow voters to vote by referendum, or they seek an exception from the state Department of Education. The base index for the 2011–2012 school year is 1.4 percent, but the Act 1 Index can be adjusted higher, depending on a number of factors, such as property values and the personal income of district residents. Act 1 included 10 exceptions, including: increasing pension costs, increases in special education costs, a catastrophe like a fire or flood, increase in health insurance costs for contracts in effect in 2006 or dwindling tax bases. The base index is the average of the percentage increase in the statewide average weekly wage, as determined by the PA Department of Labor and Industry, for the preceding calendar year and the percentage increase in the Employment Cost Index for Elementary and Secondary Schools, as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the U.S. Department of Labor, for the previous 12-month period ending June 30. For a school district with a market value/personal income aid ratio (MV/PI AR) greater than 0.4000, its index equals the base index multiplied by the sum of .75 and its MV/PI AR for the current year.[70]

The School District Adjusted Index for the Riverside School District 2006–2007 through 2010–2011.[71]

  • 2006–07 – 4.9%, Base 3.9%
  • 2007–08 – 4.3%, Base 3.4%
  • 2008–09 – 5.6%, Base 4.4%
  • 2009–10 – 5.2%, Base 4.1%
  • 2010–11 – 3.7%, Base 2.9%
  • 2011–12 – 1.7%, Base 1.4%

Riverside School Board did not apply for exceptions to exceed the Act 1 index for the budgets in 2009–10 or in 2010–11.[72][73] In the Spring of 2010, 135 Pennsylvania school boards asked to exceed their adjusted index. Approval was granted to 133 of them and 128 sought an exception for pension costs increases.[74]

Property tax relief[edit]

In 2009, the Homestead/Farmstead Property Tax Relief from gambling for the Riverside School District was $155 per approved permanent primary residence. In the district, 2,974 property owners applied for the tax relief.[75] The tax relief was subtracted from the total annual school property on the individual's tax bill. Property owners apply for the relief through the county Treasurer's office. Farmers can qualify for a farmstead exemption on building used for agricultural purposes. The farm must be at least 10 contiguous acres and must be the primary residence of the owner. Farmers can qualify for both the homestead exemption and the farmstead exemption. In Lackawanna County, the highest property tax relief in 2009 was awarded to the approved property owners in Scranton School District at $334. Pennsylvania awarded the highest property tax relief to residents of the Chester-Upland School District in Delaware County at $632 per homestead and farmstead in 2010.[76] This was the second year Chester Upland School District was the top recipient.

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is provided for low income Pennsylvanians aged 65 and older; widows and widowers aged 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 for homeowners. The maximum rebate for both homeowners and renters is $650. Applicants can exclude one-half (1/2) of their Social Security income, consequently individuals who have income substantially more than $35,000, may still qualify for a rebate. Individuals must apply annually for the rebate. This can be taken in addition to Homestead/Farmstead Property Tax Relief.[77]

Property taxes in Pennsylvania are relatively high on a national scale. According to the Tax Foundation, Pennsylvania ranked 11th in the U.S. in 2008 in terms of property taxes paid as a percentage of home value (1.34%) and 12th in the country in terms of property taxes as a percentage of income (3.55%).[78]


The district offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports. Eligibility to participate is determined by the school board. By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs, including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[79]


Riverside School District offers numerous extracurricular activities made available to its students. The athletic teams take part in PIAA athletics and club sports. The district's colors are red and navy blue. The mascot is the Vikings. The list of Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association sports offered to the students of the district include:

  • Baseball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls Tennis
  • Track & Field

The club sports offered to the students of the district include:

  • Soccer


Riverside School District offers over ten different clubs to the student population. These clubs include:

  • Art Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Book Club
  • Drama Club
  • FBLA [1]
  • German Club
  • Hispanic Club
  • National Honor Society [2]
  • Newspaper
  • SADD [3]
  • Science Club
  • Snowboard/Ski Club
  • Student Council
  • TATU [4]
  • Yearbook


  • Chorus
  • Concert Band
  • Gifted Program
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Marching Units
  • Scholastic Bowl Team
  • Reading Competitions
  • SADD
  • Student Council


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