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“Educating Students in the Heart of Grape Country.”

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A message from Dr. Frank McClard


“For my wife and I to have the opportunity to not only come back to the Erie area, but specifically to live and work in the North East School District is beyond what words can describe.”

On behalf of the North East School District, I would like to welcome you to our school district. Our community of about 11,000 residents composes North East Borough and North East Township. Sixty percent of the student population of 1,600 students resides in the township while the remaining forty percent reside in the borough.

Our community would be classified as agricultural as most of the available land is planted with grape vineyards. These harvested grapes are used by Welch’s, one of our local companies, for products such as jelly and juice products or used by local wineries.  Despite its agricultural designation the community supports several manufactures including: The Electric Materials Company, Ridg-U-Rak, Bay Valley Foods and Better Baked Foods.  A branch campus of Mercyhurst University is also located here where two-year degree programs in nursing, culinary arts, municipal police training and agricultural studies are offered.

The North East School District began with one borough public school and thirteen school houses within the township.  It has evolved into one high school, one middle school and one intermediate and primary school housed in one building.  Our mascot, the “Grape-Picker” uniquely represents our community as one of the major industries.

Our school district has a rich tradition in academic success as well as success in extracurricular activities and the arts.  Our high school was  named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.  The achievement scores in the district continue to be impressive as recognized by the 2015 Pittsburgh Business Times ranking of top overachieving public schools in Pennsylvania.  North East ranked second in the 2015  listing out of 493 schools ranked.

Examples of this can be found in the school’s cross country program who has won the state championship seven times since 1971. Additionally, our marching band has been crowned the LMBA champions for the past six years, all of our sports and extracurricular programs focus on integrity, class and character that have led to several region and district championships.

The school district also sponsors a very active and successful community education program providing numerous educational, personally enriching and recreational opportunities. Courses include: yoga, self-defense, various computer application opportunities, PiYo, quilting, golf, arts and crafts, cooking and quilting. If there is an interest or need, the district will find a way to offer opportunities in it.

The entire school district community has a strong sense of pride and appreciation for the schools in the district and the schools work hard to return that thanks back to the community by embracing community values and representing the community with pride in everything that takes place within the district.

We hope that you find our web pages and school’s Facebook page useful and fulfilling as they will truly help you to feel the way that we all do about the things that happen within our school district and community. We also hope that they will help you to grasp a sense of the enormous pride that comes from being a “Grape-Picker”.


“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” —Ryunosuke Satoro

District School Administration

Please use the list below for contact information to the corresponding North East School Building.Your communications are welcome and appreciated.

To contact, dial the mainline at (814)725-8671

Dr. Frank McClard, Superintendent ext. 3906

Mr. Jeff Fox, Business Manager ext. 3905

Ms. Rebecca Kelley, Special Education ext. 3018

Mrs. Robin Hedlund, Food Service Director ext. 1009

Mrs. Patty Schultz, Transportation ext. 1288  

Mr. Bill Wingerter, Grounds/Maintenance ext. 1283

Mr. Matt Stark,Technology Coordinator ext 2018

Mr. Regan Tanner, High School Principal ext. 1001

Mr. Bill Renne, HS Assnt. Principal ext. 1002

Mr. Greg Beardsley, Middle School Principal ext. 2001

Mr. Steve Karns, MS Assnt. Principal ext. 2002

Mr. Brian Emick, Intermediate Principal ext. 3001

Dr. Jennifer Ritter, Earle C. Davis Principal ext. 3052

Superintendent Dr. Frank McClard Superintendent's Evaluation