Pennsylvania Perry County Public Schools

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Created on March 22, 1820, from part of Cumberland County and named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry, victor in the Battle of Lake Erie. Bloomfield, the county seat after 1827, bears the name given to the tract of land in the original patent. It is said that it was laid out in the month of June 1822, when clover was in bloom. It was incorporated as a borough on March 14, 1831. The post office name for Bloomfield is New Bloomfield.

The area was a favorite for illegal squatters before Indians yielded the land at the Treaty of Albany in 1754. Sherman’s Valley was the scene of Indian attacks in 1755 and 1756. The county was formed in order to eliminate trips to Carlisle. In 1820 Sherman’s Valley boasted forty-eight grist and merchant mills, a forge, ten fulling mills, sixty sawmills, eight carding machines, four oil mills, a furnace, two tilted hammers, and a powder mill. Waterpower was king. The Pennsylvania Canal had four locks in Perry; the economies of Duncannon, New Buffalo, Liverpool, and Newport depended on the canal from 1828 to 1901, when it was closed. Perry also had the Juniata Canal from 1828 to 1898. The county made high-quality hickory barrel hoops. Lumbering continues today, serving over a dozen active sawmills. Farms occupy 32 percent of the land. Retail sales have been low in the last two decades due to convenient shopping center beyond the county lines. Home building has been strong since 1970. Almost two-thirds of the resident population work force is employed outside the county.

Perry County is one of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. It has 553.5 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 82.2 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 52.4%. On the 2000 census form, 99.5% of the population reported only one race, with 0.4% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 0.7% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.58 persons compared to an average family size of 3.01 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $21,978. Per capita income grew by 7.8% 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) 45,502 Covered Employment 8,024
Growth (%) since 1990 10.5% Average wage per job $27,448
Households (2000) 16,695 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 5.6%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 24,906 Average wage per job $32,960
Unemployment Rate (2009) 7.9 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 11.4%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $32,251 Average wage per job $22,901
Median Household Income (2008) $54,078 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 10.2%
Poverty Rate (2008) 9.3 Average wage per job $24,449
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 79.9 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.8%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 11.3 Average wage per job $34,991
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1. BLAIN EL SCHOOL
Address: 132 Blain Rd, Blain, PA 17006
Phone: (717) 536-3219
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 293
Grades: KG-5

2. CARROLL EL SCHOOL
Address: 6670 Spring Rd, Shermans Dale, PA 17090
Phone: (717) 582-4256
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 431
Grades: KG-5

3. GREENWOOD EL SCHOOL
Address: 405 E Sunbury St, Millerstown, PA 17062
Phone: (717) 589-3115
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 386
Grades: KG-5

4. GREENWOOD HS
Address: 405 E Sunbury St, Millerstown, PA 17062
Phone: (717) 589-3116
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 260
Grades: 9-12

5. GREENWOOD MS
Address: 405 E Sunbury St, Millerstown, PA 17062
Phone: (717) 589-3116
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 182
Grades: 6-8

6. HIDDEN VALLEY EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PROGRAM
Address: Hidden Valley Boy Scout Camp, Elliottsburg, PA 17024
Phone: (717) 789-4980
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 21
Grades: 6-12

7. LOYSVILLE YOUTH DEV CTR
Address: Rr 2 Box 365b, Loysville, PA 17047
Phone: (717) 789-3841
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 139 5-12

8. NEW BLOOMFIELD EL SCHOOL
Address: 300 West High St, New Bloomfield, PA 17068
Phone: (717) 582-4318
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 446
Grades: KG-5

9. NEWPORT EL SCHOOL
Address: 559 North 5th St, Newport, PA 17074
Phone: (717) 567-3806
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 530
Grades: KG-5

10. NEWPORT HS
Address: 500 Caroline Street, Newport, PA 17074
Phone: (717) 567-3806
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 358
Grades: 9-12

11. NEWPORT MS
Address: 500 Caroline Street, Newport, PA 17074
Phone: (717) 567-3806
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 262
Grades: 6-8

12. SUSQUENITA EL SCHOOL
Address: 1725 Schoolhouse Rd, Duncannon, PA 17020
Phone: (717) 957-6000
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 699
Grades: KG-4

13. SUSQUENITA HS
Address: 1725 Schoolhouse Rd, Duncannon, PA 17020
Phone: (717) 957-6000
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 705
Grades: 9-12

14. SUSQUENITA MS
Address: 1725 Schoolhouse Rd, Duncannon, PA 17020
Phone: (717) 957-6000
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 584
Grades: 5-8

15. WEST PERRY MS
Address: 2620 Shermans Valley Road, Elliottsburg, PA 17024
Phone: (717) 789-3012
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 626 6-8

16. WEST PERRY SHS
Address: 2608 Shermans Valley Road, Elliottsburg, PA 17024
Phone: (717) 789-3931
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 883
Grades: 9-12