The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires school districts to develop a comprehensive plan and Act 48 professional education plan to guide local decisions. The plans were adopted by the Redbank Valley School District School Board on July 1, 2013.

The plan provides a vision to guide the district forward through the year 2019. The Act 48 Professional Education Plan provides an outline of professional education goals, expectations, opportunities, and a timeline for professional staff.

Click on the link below to see the full Redbank Valley School District Comprehensive Plan.

Redbank Valley School District Comprehensive Plan

Proposed Redbank Valley School District Comprehensive Plan 2016-2019


Redbank Valley School District
2013-2014 Data Sheet

Enrollments      
High School 552

Career Center: 49 students

Intermediate School 328    
Primary School 257    
Total K-12 1137    
District Land Areas      
Approximately 165 sq. miles      
Redbank-Township - Armstrong and Clarion Counties
Porter Township; Oak Hall Independent
Madison Township
New Bethlehem Borough
South Bethlehem Borough
Hawthorn Borough
Mahoning Township
Millage 1 mill equals
Number Mills
Armstrong County  $53115.32 21.27
Clarion County $41080.97 31.29
MPV/PI Ratio   Poverty
.7112    District Average = 32%
Tuition Rate      
High School $10219.57    
Elementary $9064.59    
Bus Contractors: 4      
Barrett Busing, Inc. 8 buses    
Valley Lines, Inc. 7 buses    
Minich Bus Service 2 buses    
STA, Inc. 3 buses    
Total 20 buses    
Employees      
Professional Staff 93    
Supportive Staff 62    
Administrative Staff 4    
Total 159    

Mission Statement

“The mission of the Redbank Valley School District community is to instill the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed for each student to achieve at his or her highest potential while providing a safe, disciplined, and inviting environment.”

Introduction

     Redbank Valley School District provides education services for the 165 square mile area of New Bethlehem and Hawthorn Boroughs, and the townships of Mahoning, Madison, Porter, and Redbank of both Clarion and Armstrong Counties. The two elementary schools in New Bethlehem and Hawthorn and the high school in New Bethlehem are well maintained, clean, and present a pleasant educational environment.
    The students of Redbank Valley have indicated that they feel safe at school. The lack of graffiti and vandalism is an indicator of the pride the students and community have in their school. This was cited in a recent school safety survey.
    Graduates report that the education they received has prepared them for their post secondary endeavors. The district curriculum and technology play an important role in that success.
   The high school building and athletic fields survived the four feet of water in the 1996 flood. No one will forget the flood, but the district has pulled together and moved forward, stronger and more confident than ever.
    The entire Redbank Valley community has ownership and pride in the school district. Their commitment and support is evident.

History

     Redbank Valley School District had its beginning in 1950 when a jointure was formed and a Board of Directors was organized. The official name of Redbank Valley Joint Schools was adopted. The area and its education system was going to experience some major changes. The jointure would combine the 9 separate school boards of the area and many of the 17 rural community schools that each village claimed.
     In 1957 the newly built high school received its first students. The New Bethlehem High School had been closed approximately 2 years earlier and students were temporarily educated in the fire hall, the Stahlman Garage building and other facilities. Eventually five elementary schools would serve the area’s younger students. Porter Township Elementary School was the oldest constructed in 1935. Madison Township and Mahoning Township Elementary Schools were built in 1959. Redbank-Hawthorn Elementary and New Bethlehem-South Bethlehem Elementary Schools were built in 1960 and 1962 respectively. 
     Following a 1986 tornado, which caused a great deal of damage to Madison Elementary, the building was closed. Porter Township was also closed in a reorganization plan, which spurred other building renovations and additions to accommodate the school closings. Several renovation projects continued for the next 10 years. In 1996, the high school was being renovated and added to when Redbank Creek over flowed its banks. July 19, 1996 is now a date the entire community will remember. Approximately 4 feet of water filled the high school classrooms and hallways leaving mud and destruction. The high school was repaired as the town recovered and moved forward.  Then, in 2011, Mahoning Township was also closed as the district reorganized once again into the tight-knit group of schools that it is today.
     The 1996 flood took its toll on the town, school district, and the community. This unfortunate experience along with the tornado and the historic development of the school district has made it and the community strong. Today, the school district continues to maintain and improve the district’s 3 facilities and education programs. Along with the maintenance and improvements, technology has become an integral part of the district’s operation and education programming.

Location

     Redbank Valley School District is located in the rolling hills of rural northwest Pennsylvania along the Redbank Creek. Redbank Valley, and specifically New Bethlehem, is approximately one hour north of Pittsburgh on Route 28; 15 miles southeast of U.S. Route 80, exit 64 at Clarion, via State Route 66; and 17 miles southwest of U.S. Route 80, Exit 78 at Brookville, via State Route 28. This area is a primary north-south corridor for travelers.

Recreation and Activities

     The rural setting in the Allegheny Plateau offers a number of recreational activities within a radius of one-hour driving time. Hunting, fishing, sightseeing, and other outdoor activities are available at Cook Forest, Allegheny National Forest, Mahoning Lake, Crooked Creek Park and Lake, Clarion River, Allegheny River, Moraine State Park and Lake, and Tionesta Lake. The large amount of wooded and open field areas present a natural scenic beauty for special activities such as the very popular Clarion Autumn Leaf Festival held in October. In September, New Bethlehem celebrates the Peanut Butter Festival. The Clarion County Fair is also held in July at the Redbank Valley Municipal Park.

Equal Opportunity Educational Institution

     The Redbank Valley School District is an equal opportunity educational institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title IV, Title IX, and Section 504.
     For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact the Superintendent, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at 920 Broad Street, New Bethlehem, PA 16242. For accessibility and use of the building by handicapped persons, contact any building administrator.

School Board Members
  • Dr. Chad Shaffer - President
  • Mr. Brian Dougherty - Vice President
  • Mr. Dee Bell
  • Mrs. Tina Kennemuth
  • Mrs. Ann Kopnitsky
  • Dr. Donald Nair
  • Mr. William E. Hager III - Solicitor
  • Mr. William Reddinger
  • Mr. Heath Copenhaver
  • Mr. Glenn Watson
School Board Meetings
Typically 7:00pm 1st Monday Each Month
 
Located:
Redbank Valley High School Library
910 Broad Street
New Bethlehem, PA  16242
 
Full Schedule and Minutes 

2014 Minutes

2015 Minutes

2016 Minutes

2017 Minutes

 

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