Pennsylvania Forest County Public Schools

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Created on April 1, 1848, from part of Jefferson County. Part of Venango County was added on October 31, 1866. It was named for its extensive forests. It was attached to Jefferson County until 1857 when Marienville became the county seat. Tionesta, the county seat after 1866, was incorporated as a borough on February 28, 1856, and was named for the Tionesta Creek.

Tom Cook acquired the first timber lands near Cooksburg. Cyrus Blood founded Marienville as a center for the lumber industry and succeeded in having the county formed by the legislature. Leather tanning was an important enterprise. Until about 1900 timber barons shaped events, but by then the original timber was largely gone. The state purchased the Cook family lands and preserves them for recreation. Today, the Allegheny National First covers over 40 percent of the area, and additional lands are owned for commercial lumber production. There was a brief oil boom, and glass was manufactured at Marienville from 1914 to 1982 relying on the abundance of natural gas, which produces intense heat quickly. The population peak of 11,000 occurred in 1900. Farming has never been very successful and is confined to only two percent of the countryside. The construction of the Tionesta Creek Dam considerably altered the topography. Forest County’s border lines were not clearly defined until 1867.

Forest County is one of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. It has 428.1 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 15.8 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 0.4%. On the 2000 census form, 99.4% of the population reported only one race, with 2.2% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.2% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.29 persons compared to an average family size of 2.81 persons.

In 2008 health care and social assistance was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $29,469. Per capita income declined by 8.7% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Value
Population (2009) 6,775 Covered Employment 2,309
Growth (%) since 1990 41.1% Average wage per job $33,450
Households (2000) 2,000 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 11.0%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 2,385 Average wage per job $30,616
Unemployment Rate (2009) 11.0 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 2.2%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $23,100 Average wage per job $34,112
Median Household Income (2008) $35,029 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 21.4%
Poverty Rate (2008) 24.2 Average wage per job $29,469
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 79.4 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County D
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 8.9 Average wage per job D
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1. EAST FOREST EL SCHOOL
Address: 120 W Birch St, Marienville, PA 16239
Phone: (814) 927-6688
County: Forest County
Enrollment: 122
Grades: KG-6

2. EAST FOREST JSHS
Address: 120 W Birch St, Marienville, PA 16239
Phone: (814) 927-6688
County: Forest County
Enrollment: 112
Grades: 7-12

3. NORTH CLARION CO EL SCHOOL
Address: 10439 Route 36, Tionesta, PA 16353
Phone: (814) 744-8541
County: Forest County
Enrollment: 332
Grades: PK-6

4. NORTH CLARION CO JSHS
Address: 10439 Route 36, Tionesta, PA 16353
Phone: (814) 744-8544
County: Forest County
Enrollment: 327
Grades: 7-12

5. WEST FOREST EL SCHOOL
Address: 22318 Route 62, Box 15, Tionesta, PA 16353
Phone: (814) 755-3302
County: Forest County
Enrollment: 160
Grades: KG-6

6. WEST FOREST JSHS
Address: 22318 Route 62, Box 15, Tionesta, PA 16353
Phone: (814) 755-3611
County: Forest County
Enrollment: 175
Grades: 7-12