Communities of Pine and Richland

  • Pine-Richland School District encompasses Pine and Richland, the two most northern townships, in Allegheny County.  Pine-Richland School District is 18 miles from downtown Pittsburgh and is comprised of more than 22,000 residents. Community involvement is the cornerstone of the district's success

    The purpose of community engagement is to create a collaborative environment in which students, parents/guardians, families, residents, businesses, and community organizations are encouraged and invited to be involved stakeholders in the school community. Such engagement strengthens broad-based community support for the school district's mission, goals, operations, and educational programs.

     Community engagement is defined as an ongoing collaborative process in which the school district works with the public to build understanding, guidance, and active support for the education of students in the community.

    The board and district endorse the concept that community engagement is essential for the school district and the community to maintain mutual understanding, respect and trust, and to work together to improve the quality of education for district students. The board and district, through two-way communication, identifies the community's concerns, needs, and suggestions, and to be responsive to the community through the board's actions.

    The board also recognizes that the public offers resources of training and experience useful to the schools. The quality of the district's operations and programs can be strengthened when these resources are used in an advisory capacity.

    The superintendent and director of communications shall identify a team of individuals who will be responsible for developing, implementing and delivering a community engagement program. 

    The administration shall develop and use varied, effective communication methods to ensure that all community members receive information about the district and school programs and the available opportunities to become actively involved. 

    Students, parents/guardians, and community members can submit a communication to the board through the superintendent and school board secretary.

    When evaluating the community's suggestions, the Board and administration will consider the impact on the district's goals, operations, educational programs, and financial resources. Recommendations made by the community shall not reduce the authority or responsibility of the board, which may accept or reject such recommendations.