• About GASD

    Gettysburg is a small town made famous by one of the most important battles of the Civil War and the most significant speech made in American history.

    Surrounded by farmland and quaint towns, Gettysburg Area School District serves students in a 185-square mile area that includes Gettysburg Borough, Cumberland, Highland, Franklin, Freedom and parts of Straban and Mount Joy townships. The Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary are within the district.

    Gettysburg Area School District features three kindergarten through fifth grade buildings, one middle school (grades 6-8) and one high school (grades 9-12). The experienced, dynamic staff provides a quality education for all students.

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  • School board presented with audit report

    Posted by Andrew Robinson on 12/18/2017

    At its meeting Monday evening, the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) Board of Directors heard a report from its independent auditors, Stambaugh Ness. The auditors noted that their report for 2016-2017 includes an unqualified opinion, meaning that no material differences were found and that the district's financial statements are presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.


    The results show that Unassigned Fund Balance increased by $1,644,778. This was due primarily from revenues being $1,999,418 more than budgeted (3.5%) and expenses being $2,340,592 less than budgeted (3.8%). Those differences more than offset the shortfall in the approved budget.


    District officials noted that these results were positive, showing that the district continues to seek additional non-tax sources of revenues and works diligently in managing costs within the approved budget. Also noted was an appreciation for significant community financial support for many student programs across the District.


    The audit report, once it becomes official, will be posted to the district's website and includes the auditor's opinions, summaries and notes regarding the financial operations, detailed statements and additional material related to audit procedures that focus on the use of federal funds.

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  • New athletic director to begin position in July 2018

    Posted by Andrew Robinson on 11/20/2017 7:45:00 PM

    Following the retirement of the current athletic director, Mike Williams, the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) board of Directors approved the position of a new athletic director on Monday evening.


    Casey Thurston, a teacher at Gettysburg Area High School (GAHS) will begin the positon on July 1, 2018. Thurston said she is looking forward to the positon and helping others. “I look most forward to working with the student-athletes in the district,” Thurston said. “It is very similar to teaching in my current role, but it allows me to work with student-athletes in a different way outside of the classroom.”

    Thurston said her new position will partly help students learn life lessons through athletics from building character to learning how to work hard and to persevere, even when students do not win a game or accomplish a goal.


    This is Thurston’s eleventh year with the school district. She currently teaches social studies. She was also the high school head coach of the girls’ basketball team for eight seasons.


    Thurston attended Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she played basketball and graduated summa cum laude. She majored in secondary education – history with a coaching minor. Her first job out of college was a teaching positon with Chambersburg Area School District. She worked at Faust Junior High school two years and was an assistant at Shippensburg High School.


    At Gettysburg College, Thurston is the women’s basketball assistant coach. She is married and has three children, two of which are in the school district and attend James Gettys Elementary.

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  • Gettysburg Area School District appoints new high school principal

    Posted by Andrew Robinson on 11/20/2017 7:45:00 PM

    The Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) board of directors approved Jeremy Lusk as the new principal of Gettysburg Area High School (GAHS) during their meeting on Monday evening.


    Since August 2014, Lusk served as an assistant principal at GAHS. Now, he is looking forward to his new role. “I am proud of the opportunities and experiences that we are able to offer to our students,” Lusk said. “We are fortunate to have a team of talented educators at GAHS. I am looking forward to working with students and staff to plan pathways to future (post-secondary) success for each student based on individual interests and strengths.”


    Lusk said that the dynamic world that we live in presents many economic and social challenges. His goal is to move the school forward by partnering with families and the community to prepare students as they face these challenges.


    He added that while he transitions into his role as school principal, some projects that the school is currently working on will be built upon. “This year, we have focused a lot of energy on our school climate and culture,” Lusk noted. “We want our students to #BeHere, #BeInvolved and #BeCommitted.”


    “We offer a wide variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and sports,” Lusk said. He hopes that each student can find something outside of their regular classes to be a part of. “We offer an assortment of clubs and organizations in which students can actively participate. We feel that these opportunities can deeply enrich the school experience for students. In the end, we want our students to commit to a plan that leads to their own success,” Lusk said. “These goals represent the #WarriorWay.”


    Lusk is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he studied secondary education – social studies with a minor in geography, history and sociology. He completed his graduate studies at The Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg (Capital) Campus. Lusk completed his master's in teaching and curriculum in 2009 and returned to complete the Education Leadership Program where he earned an administrative certificate in 2014.


    “My career as an educator began as a WARRIOR in South Dakota, teaching at the Pierre Indian Learning Center,” Lusk mentioned. “This boarding school, located along the Missouri River served 15 reservations (located in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska). After moving back to Pennsylvania, I worked for the Northern York County School District.”


    Throughout his years as a teacher, Lusk was involved in the wrestling community. “I was the head coach of the Northern junior high wrestling team before moving on to Lower Dauphin, where I was the head varsity assistant coach,” Lusk said. “From 2012 to 2016, I worked as a PIAA wrestling official.”


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  • New assistant principal begins at Gettysburg Area Middle School

    Posted by Andrew Robinson on 11/15/2017

    Gettysburg Area Middle School (GAMS) welcomes a new assistant principal, Noah R. Stachelek.


    Stachelek comes to the district from the Pine-Richland School District where he was a learning support and Algebra teacher. He officially begins his role as assistant principal on Monday, November 20th, 2017.


    Stachelek answered a few questions that will help the Gettysburg community get to know him better.


    Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you working now and what are you doing?

    I currently work as a high school learning support and Algebra 1 teacher for the Pine-Richland School District. My wife, daughter and I currently live in the Northern Suburbs of Pittsburgh but are really excited to embark on this journey and move to the Gettysburg area.


    My journey to Gettysburg Middle School started by graduating from Shaler High School, attending Geneva College to complete my bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education and attending Edinboro University to complete my Masters of Education and my principal certification. In addition to my current position, I have also taught Middle School Learning Support at Freedom Area School District.


    Why are you so passionate about public education?

    I believe that as an educator we are given the opportunity to not only impact our students and staff but to truly have a lasting and profound impact on the community that we serve. There are not many institutions in life that can have the impact that an effective teacher and school can have. The opportunities that public education provide exceed well beyond the walls of our school. I am passionate about engaging our students and encouraging them to set their expectations above those previously set for them, empowering them to meet the rigor of what is required, and equipping them to make a meaningful impact on whichever calling they pursue.


    What are you looking forward to most in your new role?

    I am looking forward to the opportunity to impact our students, teachers, faculty and staff and encouraging them to continue to grow and to reflect on their teaching and learning.


    You are moving to a very historic small town. Is there anything that you are looking forward to specifically about moving here?

    Some people love having the battlefields to exercise on, some love the small-town feel, etc. My family and I are very excited for the opportunity to move to the Gettysburg area. In our short time in the area we have fallen in love with the small town feel and the friendliness of everyone we have met. We enjoy taking walks and stopping at the shops throughout town. We are looking forward to trying the many restaurants that the area has to offer! In addition, we are huge baseball fans and are really excited about the many minor league teams in the area.


    Are you married, do you have any kids, pets, etc.?

    My wife and I are going to be celebrating our 4-year anniversary in May and we have one daughter, Adelyn, who is 4 months old. In addition, we have two dogs, Tippers (Lab) and Oreo (Schnoodle).


    Is there anything else you'd like folks in the community to know as in introduction to you?

    I believe that as a school community we need to involve all stakeholders of the educational process to promote the success of our students. I will always welcome conversations that will provide for improved processes, policies, and procedures for our students and that will focus on their learning. I am excited for this opportunity and am dedicating myself to not only help our students, teachers, faculty and staff find success but for our whole community to grow. If you see my family and I, please feel free to come up and introduce yourself!


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  • Gettysburg Area School District warns of athletic calendar scam

    Posted by Andrew Robinson on 11/8/2017

    GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) is warning of a scam sent to local businesses requesting to become a sponsor for pocket-sized calendars for the winter sports season. Please help us spread the word that this is a scam and is not approved by GASD.


    Typically, our coaches or staff would directly contact a business if they were seeking monetary donations, not an outside company. We do not want any of our local and loyal businesses to fall victim to this scam.

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  • GASD to implement new electronic distribution system for flyers

    Posted by Andrew Robinson on 10/27/2017

    Our district cooperates with approved community partners by posting eflyers online and distributing them electronically through our service provider, Peachjar. As part of our efforts to be more environmentally friendly, embrace innovative technology, and maintain fiscal responsibility, we have transitioned from paper to electronic flyer delivery. 


    To request flyer approval, follow the steps below. Once approved, your flyer will be emailed to all parents and posted online. Paper flyers from outside organizations will no longer be distributed. 


    • Register as an Enrichment / Community Org. (account type).
    • Upload your flyer for approval.


    Your flyer will be automatically submitted to the district office. District staff will review the material and approve or deny based on district standards. Peachjar charges a fee for this service that is typically much less than the cost to copy and deliver paper flyers to each school. 

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  • GASD board approves new fire alarm system for high school

    Posted by Andrew Robinson on 10/16/2017

    GETTYSBURG, Pa. – As part of the Five-Year Capital Plan Projects, the fire alarm system at Gettysburg Area High School (GAHS) will be replaced.


    On Monday evening, the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) Board of Directors’ approved SimplexGrinnell to replace the existing fire alarm system at the high school which includes all components and installation.


    “This is a complete system. Everything will be replaced,” Wayne Crosby, Director of Buildings & Grounds at GASD said.


    The main reason for replacing the 19-year-old system is the requirement for a reliable system to insure the safety of our students and staff. Additionally, multiple failures resulting in frequent false alarms during the school day causes a negative effect on instructional time. This fall, we have had building wide-alarms sound, necessitating evacuation,” principal Mark Blanchard said. “While we were confident that the system was malfunctioning, we could not risk safety of 1,100 people without knowing for sure.  On two occassions we have followed evacuation protocols and investigated before returning to the building.  This is never less than 20 minutes.  There are other occassions where alarms sounded but we were able to determine cause quickly,” Blanchard said.


    “The worse thing with alarm systems is to not trust their reliability,” Blanchard said. “We do not want to be in a situation where the alarm sounds and staff and students do not respond quickly and immediately because they have lost faith in its accuracy,” he concluded.


    The installation of the new system will not result in any disruption to class instruction or the school day, according to school administration. “A lot of the work will be completed during off hours,” Crosby said. “The old and new system will run parallel with each other during the instillation.”


    The plan, which was put together two years ago, was originally budgeted at $175,000. The proposal from SimplexGrinnell came in at $186,104 with an 8% contingency of $14,888 for a total estimated cost with the contingency at $200,992.  District administration was successful in negotiating some of the costs down to bring it closer to the estimate.


    SimplexGrinnell holds contract #031913-SGL through the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), of which the District is a member.

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  • Lincoln Elementary School earns Title I Distinguished Award

    Posted by Andrew Robinson on 10/12/2017

    Congratulations to Lincoln Elementary School for earning the Title I Distinguished School award for High Achievement for the 2016-17 school year. This award is given to Title I schools that evidence exceptional student performance for 2 or more years. The award will be given out at the Title I Improving Schools Conference in Pittsburgh (January 28-30, 2018). The school will be entered to win the National award and potentially receive $10,000.00 and be recognized at the National Conference in February.

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  • School Board names new assistant middle school principal

    Posted by Andrew Robinson on 9/19/2017

    The Gettysburg Board of School Directors' named a new assistant middle school principal during their meeting on Monday evening. The board took action to approve Noah R. Stachelek as the new assistant principal with an effective date to be determined. 


    Stachelek is currently a learning support teacher at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, PA. The school district staff welcomes Mr. Stachelek to Gettysburg. 

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  • High school principal resigns from district

    Posted by Andrew Robinson on 9/18/2017

    After serving nine years as the principal of Gettysburg Area High School (GAHS), Mark Blanchard announced his resignation. He has accepted an administrative position with the Cumberland Valley School District. While his last day at GAHS has not been announced, he will be leaving this fall.


    “It has been a privilege to work with the families and students of Gettysburg. My purpose has been to create an environment of opportunity that sets our students on a path toward success,” Blanchard said in an email to students and parents last week. “The most rewarding part of that time has been witnessing the success our students have had across a wide array and broad spectrum of opportunities. Music, art, tech, dual enrollment, AP, athletics – the students of GAHS have accomplished wonderful things.”


    Blanchard says he will likely be in his current role until early November. During that time he said a number of programs will be transitioned to the high school leadership team as the school board and administration hires a new principal.


    Blanchard thanked parents for entrusting him with the students and said he is “forever grateful to this community.”

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