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Board Vacancy

The Mount Union Area Board of Directors is seeking interested individuals to fill a board member vacancy effective immediately for Region 3 – Union Township, Shirley Township and Shirleysburg Borough – until the next general election (November 2023).

The Board is requesting interested residents of Union Township, Shirley Township and Shirleysburg Borough to forward a letter of interest to include a statement why they would like to serve on the Board of Education and a resume to:

Ms. Deanna Lee Wagner, Board Secretary
Mount Union Area School District
Administrative Center
603 North Industrial Drive
Mount Union, PA  17066

Letter of Interest must be received by noon on Thursday, April 13, 2023.
Eligibility for appointment to this vacancy is:
1)  A citizen of the Commonwealth of PA; 
2)  Age eighteen (18) years or over; and 
3)  A resident of Region 3 (Union Township, Shirley Township and Shirleysburg Borough) of the MUASD for at least one (1) year prior to the appointment.

Mount Union Area School District

The Mount Union Area School District is accepting Appointments for Kindergarten student registration for the 2023-2024 school year.

If your child is five years of age on or before September 1, 2023, your child is eligible to enter kindergarten at the start of the 2023-2024 school year in the MUASD.

Kindergarten registration is by appointment only and the On-Line enrollment must be completed prior to the appointment. 

Contact Mrs. Shelley Fortney at 814-542-2518, option 2, to register your child for an appointment.

Appointments will be scheduled for the following dates:

April 3, 2023 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
April 4, 2023 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

On-line enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year will be available starting March 14, 2023 at Center of page in the gold bar, click Parent/Student then click the 2023-2024 Student Registration.

If you do not have an account from previous enrollment(s), you will need to create an account.

The following documentation will need to be uploaded:

Child’s Birth Certificate
Child’s Immunizations

Parent/Guardian Proof of Residency (Lease Agreement, mortgage statement, electric bill or notarized affidavit.)
Documents can be emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 814-542-4355.

Registration is not complete until all documentation is received.

The Mount Union Area School District is accepting applications for the following Administrative position:

Administrative Position
High School Principal

The Mount Union Area School District is seeking candidates with strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of budgeting, handling discipline, assessment, and data driven instruction is required.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in instructional leadership, community relations, staff supervision, overall management of building operations and collaboration with administrative colleagues. PA Principal K-12 certification required. Position will be part of the District’s Act 93 Bargaining Unit and would be available immediately.  

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, certificate, transcripts, three letters of reference and necessary clearances to:

Dr. Amy J. Smith, Superintendent at [email protected] 
or mailed to 
Mount Union Area School District 
603 North Industrial Drive
Mount Union, PA  17066.  

Deadline for applications is 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 16, 2023, or until filled.  EOE

Act 55 of 2022-Student Enrollment for Special Education 2022-2023

Dear Parents/Guardians,
On July 8, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 55 of 2022 (Act 55) into law.

Act 55 permits a student with a disability who was enrolled during the 2021-22 school year and turned age 21 during the 2021-22 school year, or between the end of the 2021-22 and the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, to attend a school entity during the 2022-23 school year and receive services as outlined on their most recent Individualized Education Program (IEP) with all the protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
As required by Act 55, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) developed and posted online a standard form for parents/guardians and students to notify school entities of their plan for the student to attend  the school entity  for the 2022-23 school year. School entities are encouraged to post the Act 55 Student Enrollment Notification Form on the school entity’s publicly accessible website along with instructions and an email address for parents/guardians and students to submit the form to the school entity.
Parents/guardians and students who wish to take advantage of Act 55 must complete, sign, and submit the Act 55 of 2022 Student Enrollment Notification Form to the student’s school entity on or before August 1, 2022.
For a student with a disability who turned 21 during the time periods listed above, both the parent/guardian and the student must complete the form. Forms are to be submitted to the school entity in which the student will attend in the 2022-23 school year - they may not be submitted to PDE.
Guidance and answers to FAQs on Act 55 of 2022 is now available on PDE’s website. Please note, the form will be made available on PDE’s website beginning Monday, July 11, 2022.

Thank you, Dr. Dianne Thomas

Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program Changes

Changes Coming to Federal EBB Program

As part of the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Congress created a new, long-term program called the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to provide Internet and connected device subsidies to low-income households.  ACP will replace the previous, short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) program that was included in the second COVID-relief bill in 2021.

What's Changing from EBB to ACP?  

The maximum monthly benefit will be reduced from $50 per month to $30 per month.  Not changing:  eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Households have new ways to qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program such as: receiving WIC benefits or having an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  Note:  The NSLP only requires incomes to be 185% or below the federal poverty guidelines, thus the income levels to qualify for ACP are slightly lower than qualifying for NSLP.

Households that qualified for EBB due to a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 or by meeting the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's COVID-19 program will need to requalify for the Affordable Connectivity Program.

When Will ACP Begin?

Applications for the current EBB program are still being accepted at or consumers can simply reach out to a local Internet Service Provider to enroll.  Enrollment for the EBB Program will end on December 30, 2021 and any consumers enrolled in the EBB Program before 6 p.m. ET on December 30, 2021 will continue to receive their current monthly benefit (up to $50/month) during the 60-day transition period, which ends on March 1, 2022.  After the transition period, the maximum monthly benefit will change from $50 per month to $30 per month for households.  Applications for the new ACP program will be accepted beginning December 31, 2021.  

For general program support, consumers should email [email protected] or call the Emergency Broadband Support Center at 833-511-0311 for assistance

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About Us

The Mount Union Area School District continues to host a Pre K program in partnership with Huntingdon County Child and Adult Development Corporation.  This initiative continues to be supported through Pre K Counts, PA Pre K Counts, and Head Start Supplemental, in addition to Title 1 funding for the 2019-2020 school year.

The planned course of instruction and assessment programs are matched to the state requirements under Chapter 4 for all our programs.  The state and district benchmarks and/or local assessments have been developed or adopted to address the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.  Monitoring of the program and data analysis of the results will be completed at each grade level according to descriptions outlined in our assessment action plan.c

There are a multitude of instructional resources available to teachers and students throughout the district.  Some of these curricular resources include McGraw and Hill’s Open Court Reading series, new for the 2019-2020 school year in grades K-5.  StudySync will be introduced in ELA classrooms within our newly configured 6-8 Junior High School.  Additionally, the district will be piloting Pearson’s Elevate Science program in grades K-6.  The district will continue to utilize Pearson’s enVision Math series for the fourth consecutive year in grades K-8.

The district has begun the process of mapping all of its curriculum through the utilization of CHALK.  This platform allows for collaboration across grade levels, content areas, and from building to building.  Additionally, with greater transparency and cohesion within specific courses, the district hopes to create a more consistent educational experience for all its students.

The district participates with after school tutoring through the 21st Century Grant.  An advisor/advisee program is also in place to assist students with meeting graduation requirements.  All students, both special and regular education have equal access appropriate curricular programming that meets their individual needs.  The district has utilized data from DIBELS, PSSA, Keystone and CDT testing, and content specific benchmark testing to appropriately identify and meet student needs.  Teachers are able to monitor progress in various areas and chart progress, mastery, and areas targeted for further interventions.  By tailoring learning to individual needs, students are able to realize success and growth.  We are “Proactive for Students!”