Sto-Rox School District

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

Last school year, Sto-Rox High School was on its fourth principal in nine years and teachers struggled to manage a disorderly student body.

The Sto-Rox School District, just west of Pittsburgh, serving 1,300 students from McKees Rocks and Stowe township, had spent years plagued by high turnover in leadership, leaving teachers stretched thin.

Community Listening Session: Sto-Rox

Oct 3, 2016

90.5 WESA will host a Community Listening Session on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 5:30 at the Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136.

WESA will facilitate a conversation aimed at understanding what the residents of the Sto-Rox community are concerned about, what they celebrate as a community, and what others should know about life in their community.

All members of the community are welcome; those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments will be available.

The four Pennsylvania school districts with the highest percentage of students living in poverty are in the Pittsburgh region.

Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Daniel Funk’s construction technology classroom at Sto-Rox High School is literally buzzing with activity.

Students are confidently working with heavy duty power tools as they finish building small hanging display cases.

“Right now we’re working on the drawers,” said senior Asa Powell. “The drawer fronts are probably the hardest, because they have the knobs and whatnot."

Powell said he regularly looks forward to Funk’s class.

Minority and special-needs students are more likely to be disciplined by being suspended or expelled from schools. That’s according to a study by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania: Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discipline and Policing in Pennsylvania Public Schools.

The study’s author, ACLU’s Harold Jordan, aggregated data from the commonwealth’s 500 public school districts on out-of-school suspensions, expulsions and removal by police.