General Information for Professional Applicants
    (Last Updated 2/18/21)
    Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School
    The Community

    The Hollidaysburg Area School District is located in the center of Blair County, in central Pennsylvania, approximately 95 miles east of Pittsburgh and 130 miles west of Harrisburg. The district encompasses 120 square miles and comprises the boroughs of Hollidaysburg, Duncansville and Newry, and the townships of Allegheny, Blair, Frankstown and Juniata. With Hollidaysburg as the Blair County seat, the district has a stable population of approximately 26,500 residents. The school district is located in a vibrant region, strong in retail industry, ongoing commercial development, and diversified small industries. There is a regional convention center within district boundaries. A semi-professional baseball stadium, serves local sports enthusiasts. New housing starts continue at a steady pace. Homes in the Hollidaysburg Area School District maintain their property value, in large part due to the popularity of the school system.  Seven colleges are located in the region including St. Francis, Juniata, Mount Aloysius, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State-Altoona, and the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Campus.



    District staff consists of approximately 477 employees: 260 teachers, 22 administrative/supervisory staff, and 195 support staff. The professional staff are certified by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and approved by the school board upon recommendation of the superintendent. Fifty-one percent of the staff have earned master's degrees, and about a third have completed academic work beyond the master's level.  



    Students may participate in a variety of extracurricular activities including student government, athletics, various clubs, drama, and music organizations. Six sports are offered at the junior high, while the senior high provides ten sporting activities for boys and nine for girls. These interscholastic sports include the traditional sports as well as soccer, tennis, golf, volleyball, swimming, and cross-country. Elementary students may participate in an intramural sports program, consisting of football, flag football, basketball, and wrestling for boys, and basketball for girls. Elementary band, chorus and orchestra are available for students in grades five and six. A number of the athletic teams have captured league and District VI Championships. Several individuals have captured state honors. Students in a variety of music organizations have been top place winners in local, county, state and national competitions.

    Professional Benefits Profile (Contract 8/16/20 - 8/15/22)

    PPO Blue Program High Deductible Health Plan (100% District paid)   $35 per month premium co-share; spousal surcharge for selected state employers; employer provided Health Savings Account.

    PPO Blue Drug Plan (Family Coverage 100% District paid) after deductible

    Dental    one half Board contribution, one half Teacher contribution

    Long-Term Disability Insurance   one half Board contribution, one half Teacher contribution of premium.

    Life Insurance  $35,000 term life.

    Personal Day  2 per year; can accumulate; 1 additional day for perfect attendance.

    Emergency Day  1 per year; can accumulate.

    Sick Days  10 per year; can accumulate.

    Reimbursable Expenses  Attendance at approved conferences and seminars. IRS mileage rate.

    Tuition Reimbursement  up to $624 per credit for approved courses completed with a B or higher grade.

    Activity Pass  Free admission to District events.





    2021-2022 School year


    Long term substitute full year: $42,710/yr.


    Long term substitute less than full year: $133.69/day after 10 consecutive days to 59 days; $218.50/day from 60 consecutive days


    Starting salary Bachelor's degree: $42,710/yr.


    Top level Bachelor's degree: $74,500/yr.


    Starting salary Master's degree: $43,710/yr.


    Top level Master's degree: $76,000





    Local web links:
    Blair County Chamber Commerce  www.blairchamber.com
    Hollidaysburg Borough  www.hollidaysburgpa.org 
    WTAJ Action News  www.wearecentralpa.com
    Lake Raystown  www.raystownresort.com
    Downhill Skiing  www.blueknob.com
    Blair County Ball Park  www.altoonacurve.com
    Allegheny Portage Railroad National Park www.nps.gov/alpo/index.htm 
    Higher Education:
    Penn State Altoona  www.aa.psu.edu
    Penn State University Park    www.psu.edu 
    Saint Francis University  http://francis.edu 
    Juniata College  www.juniata.edu 
    Indiana University  www.iup.edu
    University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown  www.upj.pitt.edu
    Mount Aloysius College  www.mtaloy.edu
    Teacher Recruiting Websites:

    PA-Educator  www.pa-educator.net  
    To request an accessible version of any non-accessible District document, please email your request to Ben.Caldwell@hasdtigers.com.  The District sometimes publishes documents from other agencies; in these instances, we invite you to contact the third party agency directly to request an accessible version.
Last Modified on February 18, 2021