Washingtonville, Pennsylvania

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Washingtonville, Pennsylvania
Borough
Entering Washingtonville from Strawberry Ridge Road
Entering Washingtonville from Strawberry Ridge Road
Location of Washingtonville in Montour County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Washingtonville in Montour County, Pennsylvania.
Washingtonville is located in Pennsylvania
Washingtonville
Washingtonville
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Washingtonville is located in the US
Washingtonville
Washingtonville
Washingtonville (the US)
Coordinates: 41°03′09″N 76°40′30″W / 41.05250°N 76.67500°W / 41.05250; -76.67500Coordinates: 41°03′09″N 76°40′30″W / 41.05250°N 76.67500°W / 41.05250; -76.67500
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Montour
Settled 1775
Incorporated (borough) April 28, 1870
Government
 • Mayor Tyler Dombroski
Area[1]
 • Total 0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
 • Land 0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 273
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 276
 • Density 5,111.11/sq mi (1,957.95/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC)
ZIP code 17884
Area code(s) 570
FIPS code 42-81424

Washingtonville is a borough in Montour County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 273 at the 2010 census.[3] It is part of the BloomsburgBerwick Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The small borough is named after the first American president, George Washington.[4] Before the time of the town's founding during the Revolutionary War, Fort Bosley stood along the eastern backs of Chillisquaque Creek near its confluence with Mud Creek. During, the early 20th century, millionaire Frank DeLong would often visit the borough to get away from the city.[5] He ended up donating a school, which at the time was considered one of the best facilities in the country, to the town. He also turned the old Presbyterian Church into a memorial for his mother. Today, the old school building is now a nursing home, and the memorial still stands today, containing many historical artifacts.

Geography[edit]

Entering Washingtonville from Pennsylvania Route 54

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), all of it land. Washingtonville sits at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 54 and Pennsylvania Route 254. Washingtonville is bordered on the west by Chillisquaque Creek. The eastern part of the borough is atop a low hill. The town's land is almost entirely residential.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 172
1880 203 18.0%
1890 171 −15.8%
1900 212 24.0%
1910 183 −13.7%
1920 177 −3.3%
1930 182 2.8%
1940 175 −3.8%
1950 194 10.9%
1960 198 2.1%
1970 174 −12.1%
1980 218 25.3%
1990 228 4.6%
2000 201 −11.8%
2010 273 35.8%
Est. 2016 276 [2] 1.1%
Sources:[7][8][9]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 201 people, 82 households, and 51 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,498.0 people per square mile (1,293.4/km2). There were 93 housing units at an average density of 1,618.5 per square mile (598.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.01% White, 1.49% African American, 0.50% Asian, and 1.00% from two or more races.

There were 82 households, out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 24.4% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $35,278, and the median income for a family was $38,393. Males had a median income of $37,292 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $21,206. About 15.1% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 12.5% of those sixty five or over.

Government[edit]

Washingtonville has a locally elected borough council and a mayor.[10]

Education[edit]

Map of Montour County, Pennsylvania public school districts Showing Danville Area School District

Residents of Washingtonville may attend the local, public schools operated by Danville Area School District which provides full day kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2016, Danville Area School District's enrollment declined to 2,267 students.[11] In 2014, Danville Area School District enrollment was 2,500 pupils.[12] The District's enrollment was 2498 pupils in 2006-07.[13]

Danville Area School District operates four schools: Danville Area High School (Grades 9-12), Danville Middle School (Grades 6-8), Liberty Valley Intermediate Elementary School (Grades 3-5) and Danville Area Primary Elementary School (Grades K-2). The district operates a Head Start preschool program for qualifying low income children. In 2016, Danville Area School District's graduation rate rose to 94.4%.[14] High school aged students can attend the taxpayer funded Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School for training in the building trades and culinary arts, as well as other fields. The district provides an online learning option called Danville eLearning Cyber Academy. In 2015, 52 Danville Area School District pupils opted for the eLearning Cyber Academy alternative and another 29 attended one of the 13 public, cyber charter schools operating in the Commonwealth.[15]

In 2017, the Pittsburgh Business Times ranked Danville Area School District 67th out of 494 public school districts for academic achievement of its pupils.[16] It was the highest academically ranked public school district in the CSIU 16 region. From 2004 to 2012, Danville Area School District achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) each school year.[17]

Washingtonville borough residents may also apply to attend any of the Commonwealth's 13 public cyber charter schools (in 2015) at no additional cost to the parents. 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.[18][19] The tuition rate that Danville Area School District must pay was $9,712.80, in 2015. In 2014-15, Danville Area School District reported spending $13,905.02 per pupil.[20] 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 Township. 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.[21]

Parochial school

Residents of Washingtonville may also choose to attend St. Joseph School in Danville, Pennsylvania. The Catholic school provides grades kindergarten through 8th.[22] In 2017, the tuition was $3910.[23] By Commonwealth law, Danville Area School District must provide transportation between the school and the borough residents at no added cost to taxpayers.[24] Each school year, the state provides a transportation subsidy to each school district that provides transportation to its pupils.[25]

Public Library

Community members have access to the Thomas Beaver Free Library, which is located in Danville, Pennsylvania. Through the local public library, Pennsylvania residents have access to all POWER Library [1] online resources. By state law the school district is required to open its libraries at least once a week to residents.[26][27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Washingtonville, Pennsylvania (PA 17884) profile: population, maps, real estate, averages, homes, statistics, relocation, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, moving, houses, news". City-data.com. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  4. ^ J. H.Beers., Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, 1915
  5. ^ Lynn Reichen (January 10, 2010). "Frank DeLong made an impression". The Daily Item. 
  6. ^ Terrain and Satellite imagery.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Karen Blackledge (May 26, 2014). "New Washingtonville mayor among youngest ever in region". The Daily Item. 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 14, 2016). "District Fast Facts - Danville Area School District". 
  12. ^ NCES, Common Core of Data - Danville Area School District, 2010
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Enrollment and Projections by LEA 2006-07 - 2020, July 2010
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 14, 2016). "School Performance Profile - Danville Area High School". 
  15. ^ John Finnerty., Virtually Educated Cyber School debate reignites in Harrisburg, The Daily Item, July 20, 2016
  16. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times, Guide to Pennsylvania Schools Statewide ranking 2017, May 1, 2017
  17. ^ PDE, Danville Area School District AYP status 2003-2012, 2012
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "Charter Schools". 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2013). "What is a Charter School?". 
  20. ^ PDE (2016). "Finances Elements 2014-15 Selected Data". 
  21. ^ Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16 Administration, About the CSIU, 2017
  22. ^ PDE, ED Names and Addresses, 2017
  23. ^ St. Joseph School Administration, Tuition rates for the 2017-2018 School Year, 2017
  24. ^ PDE (2017). "Transportation Frequently Asked Questions" (PDF). 
  25. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2017). "Pupil Transportation". 
  26. ^ PAschoollibraryproject.org, Creating 21st-Century Learners: A Report on Pennsylvania’s Public School Libraries, October 2012
  27. ^ Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Guidelines for Pennsylvania School Library Programs, 2011