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Moon Area School District

Moon Area School District
8353 University Blvd., Coraopolis, PA 15108
United States
District information
Type Public
Grades K12th
Superintendent Mr. Curt Baker
Students and staff
Students ~3,600 students
Teachers 176 teachers (2010)
District mascot Tiger
Colors Red and White
Other information
  • High School: 7:30-2:15
  • Middle School: 7:50-2:40
  • Elementary: 9:00-3:35

The Moon Area School District is located about 13 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It serves a portion of the West Hills/Airport Area and comprises Crescent and Moon townships, which include unincorporated villages such as Glenwillard, Wireton, Coraopolis Heights, Thorn Hollow, West Coraopolis, Carnot, Thorn Run Valley, and Mooncrest. Moon Area School Distrct encompasses approximately 31 square miles. Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, students on one side of University Boulevard will attend Bon Meade Elementary for Kindergarten to 2nd grade, and Allard for 3rd to 4th grade. Consequently, students on the other side will attend Brooks Elementary for kindergarten to 2nd grade, and McCormick for 3rd to 4th grade. The district's administration offices are located inside Moon High, at 8353 University Boulevard, Coraopolis, PA 15108.


  • Moon Area School District facilities 1
  • Academic achievement 2
    • Middle school 2.1
  • In the news 3
    • Construction controversy 3.1
    • District employee contracts 3.2
    • Teacher strike, eventual contract (2010–2011) 3.3
    • School board votes to furlough at least 20 staff members 3.4
  • District in the spotlight 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Moon Area School District facilities

The district currently manages six schools

  • Central Admin-inside Moon High

Phone: (412) 264-9440

  • Allard Elementary (grades 3-4)-located in western Moon Twp., 170 Shafer Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108

Phone: 262-2500

  • Brooks Elementary (grades K-2)- located in Coraopolis Heights, 1720 Hassam Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108

Phone: 264-6540

  • McCormick Elementary (grades 3-4)- located 5 miles south of Moon, 2801 Beaver Grade Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108

Phone: 893-0421

  • Bon Meade Elementary (grades K-2)- located in Bon Meade, on the Beaver County line, 1595 Brodhead Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108

Phone: 1 (724) 457-7471

  • Moon Middle School (formerly Moon Junior High) [grades 5-8]- located in Moon, 904 Beaver Grade Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108

Phone: 262-5010

  • Moon Senior High (grades 9-12)-located in Moon, 8353 University Boulevard, Coraopolis, PA 15108

Phone: 262-9040

Academic achievement

Senior High School: PSSA Results

11th Grade Reading

2009 – 60% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 65% of 11th graders on grade level.[1]
2008 – 61%, State – 65%
2007 – 65%, State – 65%

11th Grade Math:

2009 – 57% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level.[2]
2008 – 54%, State – 56%
2007 – 52%, State – 53%

11th Grade Science:

2009 – 37% on grade level. State: 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
2008 – 42%[3]

Middle school

In 2009, the 8th grade was ranked 102nd out of 141 western Pennsylvania middle schools based on three years of student academic achievement in PSSAs in: reading, math writing and one year of science.[4] (Includes schools in: Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County, Westmoreland County, and Washington County

In the news

Construction controversy

Moon Area School Board members, in 2004, voted to undertake a massive renovation project of the school district's middle school and high school campus.[5] The construction, set to begin after the 2005–06 school year, prompted district residents to elect a new majority of school board members opposed to the construction plans.[6] The plan was halted in 2006 after a 5–4 school board vote.[7]

The new plan calls for building a new high school and renovating the current high school, making it the new middle school.[8]

The school earned a poor grade, a "D-" according to Sunshine Review's transparency checklist, for not disclosing information on the school's website.[9]

District employee contracts

In March 2007, Moon Area School Board approved a five-year contract for the district's support staff. The new contract included an increase of 2.85 percent and the support staff members must now pay part of their health care benefits.[10]

Teacher strike, eventual contract (2010–2011)

In November 2010, Moon Area School District teachers went on strike for three weeks before returning to the classroom.[11]

In June 2011, Moon Area School Board members approved a five-year contract with the teachers union that included no raise the first year and for salary increases as follows in the next four years of the deal: 4 percent, 3.2 percent, 4.5 percent and 4.4 percent.[12]

School board votes to furlough at least 20 staff members

Without any warning, Moon Area School Board members voted, 7–2, to furlough at least 20 staff members in June 2011.[13]

District in the spotlight

Given the district's location to the Pittsburgh International Airport and access to the city, many of the school's students, faculty and buildings have been thrust into the spotlight.

The school's marching band has, at times, performed at the airport for presidential visits.

Some notable spotlights include:

  • Scenes from the 1979 movie The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh were shot in the gym at the high school.
  • President Gerald Ford made a surprise visit to Moon a day after pardoning President Richard M. Nixon on Sept. 9, 1974.[14]
  • A day after grabbing the Democrat nod for president, then-Vice President Al Gore held a rally at the school's gym on March 16, 2000.[15]


  1. ^ Moon Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009
  2. ^ 2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results by Grade and School
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report on Science PSSA 2008 August 2008.
  4. ^ The Rankings: Eighth grade, Pittsburgh Business Times, May 15, 2009.
  5. ^ Gigler, Dan (May 12, 2004). "Board OKs school project". Retrieved April 7, 2007. 
  6. ^ Gigler, Dan (November 10, 2005). "Building project anger wins day". Retrieved April 7, 2007. 
  7. ^ Gigler, Dan (April 27, 2006). "Moon tosses out all contracts for high school". Retrieved April 7, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Moon Area moves ahead with McCormick Elementary plans". The Times. UK. Retrieved March 28, 2007. 
  9. ^ , MASD Board of Education gets D-, June 7, 2010Your Moon Township
  10. ^ "Board gives support service staff contract final approval". Retrieved March 28, 2007. 
  11. ^ "All Moon Area students to return to classrooms Monday". Retrieved July 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Deal for Moon teachers called compromise". Retrieved July 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ "At least 20 Moon Area staff positions eliminated". Retrieved July 3, 2011. 
  14. ^ Majors, Dan (December 28, 2006). "In wake of Nixon pardon, Ford visited Pittsburgh". Retrieved February 18, 2007. 
  15. ^ O'Toole, James (March 16, 2000). "Gore, in Moon, asks if Bush is qualified". Retrieved February 18, 2007. 

External links

  • Moon Area School District Web site

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