The Jersey Shore Area School District is located in Clinton and Lycoming Counties in NorthCentral Pennsylvania, midway between Williamsport and Lock Haven. The school district is comprised of the Boroughs of Jersey Shore and Salladasburg and the Townships of Anthony, Bastress, Brown, Cummings, Limestone, McHenry, Mifflin, Nippenose, Piatt, Porter, and Watson--all in Lycoming County; and the Borough of Avis, the Township of Crawford, and part of the Township of Pine Creek--all in Clinton County. Jersey Shore Borough is the largest municipality in the district with a population of more than 4,000 individuals. The 2000 population served by the school district was approximately 19,000.

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The present school district was organized in 1966 by a consolidation of eleven smaller school districts. It is governed by a nine-member Board of School Directors elected to four-year terms. The superintendent is the chief administrative officer of the school district with overall responsibility for all aspects of operations, including education and finance. The assistant superintendent serves as curriculum coordinator and strategic planning facilitator for the school district. The business manager is responsible for budget and financial operations, food service, maintenance and operation of plant, transportation, and purchasing. These officials are appointed by the Board of School Directors.
 
The district is rural in nature and covers approximately 384.9 square miles along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River the Pine Creek Valley.
 
There are seven buildings in the Jersey Shore Area School District: one administration building, one grades 9-12 high school, one grades 6-8 middle school, and four K-5 elementary schools.
 
Borough Location Click on the graphic to the left to see the location of Jersey Shore Borough and the other municipalities comprising the Jersey Shore Area School District.
 
 
How did Jersey Shore get its name?
Strangers usually ask why a town in the center of Pennsylvania would be named Jersey Shore. The answer is that the early New Jersey settlers here assembled themselves on the west side of the river, opposite Long Island. Soon their area was referred to as " the Jersey side" or "the Jersey shore". It was written with a small "s" in the printed accounts of that day.
 
Source: "The Tiadaghton Tale--A history of the area and its people" copyright 1975 - Helen H. Russell.

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Last Modified on April 21, 2004