Pickerington, located just east of Columbus, Ohio, offers a combination of city amenities and small town friendliness. The city of Pickerington features a historic downtown shopping area, while Violet Township is home to rolling hills, forests and fields. The focus of the entire community is the excellent school district which continues to grow each year. More than 9,700 students were enrolled in the PLSD for the 2005-2006 school year. This vibrant community and dynamic school district is a wonderful place to call home.
Committed to Excellence
According to the Ohio Department of Education's 2005 report card, the Pickerington Local School District has met all of the state standards four out of the past six years. The Pickerington Local School District is one of the largest school districts in the state, in terms of enrollment, to earn a perfect score on the report card. The district has earned excellent and effective designations from the state of Ohio the past six years. Click on the links to the right to view recent district report cards.
Pickerington Local School District administrators, staff members, and community members are working hard to make certain our students benefit from a diverse teaching staff.
The district has formed a committee charged with the task of promoting staff diversity at all grade levels. The committee meets regularly and is involved in a number of projects designed to communicate the district's sincere desire for a diversified teaching staff.
Several pieces of written literature have been produced and a video project focused on the recruiting of minority teachers is being released and will be used at recruitment fairs this spring.
Read testimonials from some minority staff members in our district.
"Students don't view me as a black counselor or teacher. They view me as someone who cares about their success in life. I know that I am blessed to work in a school district with so many dedicated people whose number one priority is children."
Nerma Cockrell, PLSD Guidance Counselor
"Pickerington is a growing community and many minorities continue to move into the school district. It is vital we have minority educators who can address their concerns and help them prepare for their futures."
Themba Makapela, PLSD Teacher
"As an African-American employee of the Pickerington Local School District for eleven years, I can truly say that it is a great district for which to work. The willingness of students to look beyond color makes the climate positive."
Renee Jackson, PLSD Teacher
I am very proud to say I am part of the teaching staff at Pickerington. The quality of programs offered students is incomparable. I also enjoy working with the caring staff of this district. I have developed great friendships in this school system."
Maria Perez-Robertson, PLSD Teacher
2 High Schools
2 Junior High Schools
2 Middle Schools
5 Elementary Schools
The district has averaged over 340 new students per year during the past decade. The official October '05 enrollment of the district was 9,714.
0.1% American Indian
10.2% Free/Reduced Lunch
9.6% Students with Disabilities
96.6% Attendance Rate
2005-2006 # OF EMPLOYEES
Administrators - 48
Certified Staff - 656
Support Services/Non-Certified - 298
K-4 - 1 to 26
5-6 - 1 to 28
7-8 - 1 to 28
9-12 - 1 to 30
(Above information is maximum number per classroom. The overall district's average number of students per classroom teacher is 19.1)
Internet access in all schools/buildings (T1 or higher)
Comprehensive special education programs
Advanced placement courses
Expanded career/technical skills training programs
Title 1 (Reading Recovery, School wide projects, Early Literacy)
Numerous extra-curricular opportunities
Operating Budget - $72,000,000
General Fund Per Pupil Expenditure - $8,346 (state average $8,768)
Average Teacher Salary - $54,666
Members of the PHS Class of 2005 were offered more than $9-million worth of college scholarships.
The ACT and SAT scores of PHS students are well above state and national averages.
More than 65% of PHS graduates go on to higher education.
Pickerington Local Schools is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 11
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