General Information for Professional Applicants(Last Updated 3/19/18)Hollidaysburg Area Junior High SchoolThe 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 9/1/16 - 8/15/20)
PPO Blue Program High Deductible Health Plan (100% District paid) $25 per month premium co-share; spousal surcharge for selected state employers; $1350 annual deductible individual; $2700 annual deductible family (2018 IRS limits); employer provided Health Savings Account contribution of $650 for individual and $1450 for family (2018 rates).
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.
HOLLIDAYSBURG AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTSELECTED PROFESSIONAL SALARY LEVELS
2017-2018 School year
Long term substitute full year: $40,860/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: $40,860/yr.
Top level Bachelor's degree: $73,260/yr.
Starting salary Master's degree: $41,860/yr.
Top level Master's degree: $74,766Local web links:Blair County Chamber Commerce www.blairchamber.comHollidaysburg Borough www.hollidaysburgpa.orgWTAJ Action News www.wearecentralpa.comRecreation:Lake Raystown www.raystownresort.comDownhill Skiing www.blueknob.comBlair County Ball Park www.altoonacurve.comAllegheny Portage Railroad National Park www.nps.gov/alpo/index.htmBlue Knob State Park www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/blueknob/index.htmCanoe Creek State Park www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/canoecreek/index.htmHigher Education:Penn State Altoona www.aa.psu.eduPenn State University Park www.psu.eduSaint Francis University http://francis.eduJuniata College www.juniata.eduIndiana University www.iup.eduUniversity of Pittsburgh at Johnstown www.upj.pitt.eduMount Aloysius College www.mtaloy.eduTeacher Recruiting Websites:
PA-Educator www.pa-educator.netTo request an accessible version of any non-accessible District document, please email your request to Dwight.Straesser@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.