West Chester Area School District holds community breakfast

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West Chester Superintendent Jim Scanlon speaks with the gathered crowd of community members, district employees and students during Breakfast to the Future Friday morning held at West Chester Rustin High School. (Candice Monhollan)

West Chester Superintendent Jim Scanlon speaks with the gathered crowd of community members, district employees and students during Breakfast to the Future Friday morning held at West Chester Rustin High School. (Candice Monhollan)

WESTTOWN — The West Chester Area School District’s Bus to the Future became stationary as of 2015.

The former Bus to the Future had members of the West Chester community ride a bus and tour an elementary, middle and high school. However, it was decided to instead combine the annual event with the Superintendent’s breakfast.

Held inside West Chester Rustin High School’s cafeteria, over 100 residents, district employees and selected students took part in the first Breakfast to the Future Friday morning.

The breakfast was sponsored by the Franklin Mint Credit Union, which helped to supply the buffet of food.

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“We are so happy to have a great partnership with the Franklin Mint,” said Superintendent Jim Scanlon.

As part of the event, Scanlon also delivered his version of a State of the District speech, informing the gathered crowd of how West Chester is doing locally and statewide.

“We are so proud to be here and excited about everything that is taking place,” Scanlon said. “Our student achievement — we are one of the finest school districts, but I could talk all day about that.”

Scanlon highlighted the great work the students are doing.

“The state gives a score — kind of like an A, B, C, D and F — for schools,” he said. “All three years that we’ve been doing that, our schools have been extremely high. Rustin High School has been above 90 all three years.”

For 2015, Rustin was ranked second in Chester County and seventh in the state out of over 600 high schools with a score of 98.9.

West Chester East High School came in third in the county and West Chester Henderson High School came in fifth. All three high schools finished in the top 20 in the state.

“We are very proud of all three of our high schools,” Scanlon said.

Part of what makes the West Chester schools so great, Scanlon said, is because of the opportunities the students have access to.

“We are so grateful and thankful for the community for supporting our schools and letting students do the things they are able to do,” he said.

As an example, Rustin has 112 different activities students can choose from.

“That’s pretty comprehensive,” Scanlon said. “If someone says they are bored, they haven’t looked close enough at some of the things they can do here.”

Overall, 80 percent of the high school students are involved in after-school activities.

Scanlon also praised the West Chester Education Foundation, which has helped the schools achieve more with its teachings.

The businesses in the area were recognized by Scanlon for the immense support in the form of scholarships.

“Our local businesses are very supportive of our school district,” he said. “They provide more than $750,000 worth of scholarships to graduating seniors. That’s on top of what college scholarships our students receive.”

After breakfast, community members in attendance were invited to take a student-led tour of Rustin High School to see what it has to offer and the learning environment the students have.

The event was capped off with a Skype session with students from Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School.

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