News & Announcements

Special Education Plan Report (07/01/2018 - 06/30/2021)

We are pleased to announce that the District's Special Education Plan Report (07/01/2018 - 06/30/2021) is now complete and available for public review. The report is available for review by visiting the RSD Administration Office at 1 Academic Avenue, Johnstown, PA, or by clicking on the link below. The plan will be presented to the Board of School Directors for approval and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education following public review. Input and/or comments can be directed to Jennifer Shuman, Special Education Coordinator, at jshuman@richlandsd.com or 814-266-6082.
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Message From the Superintendent of Schools, Arnold J. Nadonley

Dear Richland students and families,

In light of recent events across the country impacting schools, we want to reassure our students and families that the safety of our students and staff is the top priority for the Richland School District. Please know that we work constantly and with vigilance throughout the year to improve safety measures at our buildings, prepare staff and students for all types of emergencies, and maintain positive relationships with our police, fire, and EMS partners. For security reasons and the protection of our students and staff, we do not share specifics of our All Hazard Plans.

Our number one goal is to provide a learning environment where students feel safe and comfortable to speak up if something does not feel or seem right. Our counselors, staff, and administrators are ready to handle situations as they arise. We are also fortunate to have a caring school resource officer to look after our students every day and to enhance our security.

At home, we encourage you to be aware of your child’s or children’s activities, both in person and online, as a community working together is the best defense in keeping our schools safe. We also encourage you to sit down and have a genuine age appropriate conversation with your child or children about the enclosed outline of the “A.L.I.C.E.” procedure that is reviewed with our students on a quarterly basis and we ask that you stress the concept of “If you see something or hear something-Say something!” In the primary grades, we also will be utilizing the “I’m not scared, I’m prepared” series in the primary grades which can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l12Hh6-bSqs

Thank you for all of the support you provide the Richland School District as we do all that we can to keep our students safe so they can learn in a safe, secure, and caring environment where “A student is never an interruption of our work, he or she is the purpose of our work!”
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UPJ President Announces Bike Path Project That Will Connect UPJ and Richland School District Campuses

The project, dubbed REACHland (Recreational, Environmentally-safe, Access way for Community and Healthy-Living) Connect, is a multi-phase initiative to connect, by sidewalks and bike paths, campus and community with culture and commerce.

The first phase of REACHland Connect includes a paved bike path and sidewalk connecting Pitt-Johnstown, Penn Highlands, CPA, Richland School District, Highland Community Library, Richland Township Municipal Building and Richland Town Centre.

The paved and lighted paths will allow residents and visitors alike to walk, run, cycle, and rollerblade or simply stroll and enjoy the education placards along the way. ADA crosswalks and access points will encourage people of all ages, experience and fitness levels to participate.
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2018 PA-TSA Region 8 Conference Results

Richland Technology Student Association (TSA) students performed extremely well at the 2018 PA-TSA Region 8 Conference that was held at Northern Cambria Elementary/Middle School last Saturday.  The students competed against over 400 students from our region.
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Police K-9 unit sweeps Richland High School for illegal drugs

The high school was placed on a temporary lockdown Thursday morning as law enforcement conducted a planned narcotics sweep of the school property. School Resource Officer Steve Krestar indicated that these sweeps are conducted periodically throughout the year and was planned in cooperation with school administration.

"The intent of this search is to show our commitment to making Richland High School a safe educational environment," said newly appointed Principal Tim Regan. "We will not tolerate illegal substance use, possession, or sale at any time during school, on school property, or at school events."
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Richland School District Ranked #1 in IU8 Region by Niche.com

Richland School District was recently ranked as the 121st best school district out of the 500 school districts in Pennsylvania by Niche. Richland also ranked #1 out of all 35 school districts in the Appalachia Intermediate Unit 08 region, which is comprised of all schools in Blair, Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties.
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