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Members of the Upper Dauphin Area School Community,

As a graduate of the school district and lifelong community member, I couldn’t be prouder to serve the students and families of the Upper Dauphin Area School District as Superintendent.   Previously, I have collaborated with many of you through my role as Upper Dauphin Area Middle School Principal for over three years, and High School Principal for two years. I look forward to continuing those relationships, while maintaining what is in the best interest of the Upper Dauphin Area students.   The Upper Dauphin Area School District will continue to focus our efforts on student character development as the foundation of education.  I am confident that our leadership team and the dedicated and caring faculty and staff we’ve assembled will continue to provide a quality educational experience to the students that walks through our doors each day.

As public education trends continue to evolve at a rapid rate, UDASD will offer our constituency a healthy balance of traditional yet progressive perspectives as we make decisions about our children’s future moving forward.  As a small rural school with an enormous sense of pride, we will continue to concentrate on developing the whole child, while maintaining high expectations of academic rigor. Our daily routine will include conscious efforts to fully implement the UDASD Mission Statement; to empower our students to be lifelong learners in order to reach their greatest potential.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Upper Dauphin Area educational community. I am humbled by this opportunity and look forward to continuing to commit myself to the staff, students, and families within the Upper Dauphin Area School District. Go Trojans!

Yours in education,

Jared W. Shade, Superintendent

The Upper Dauphin Area School District Superintendent, Mr. Jared Shade, received a proficient rating at the school board meeting on June 8th, 2021.

The Upper Dauphin Area School District Superintendent, Mr. Jared Shade, received a proficient rating at the school board meeting on May 26th, 2020.

According to the law, the Superintendent shall be evaluated based upon objective performance standards. The Superintendent’s Goals published herein represent those standards.

District Goals 2021-2022

District Administration Team

Superintendent: Jared Shade

Business Manager: Amie Savidge
Director, Special Education and Student Services: Heather Haupt
Director, Operations: Brent E. Bell

Elementary School Principal: Jessica Megonnell
Middle School Principal: Abbey Walshaw-Wertz
High School Principal: Robert Miller

District Athletic Director: Kody Godsey
District Buildings and Grounds Supervisor: David Talhem

In addition to School Board policies, the Upper Dauphin Area School District (UDASD) has developed Administrative Regulations which are used to guide the daily operations of the UDASD.

School Year Hours

Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 4:30pm

Summer Hours

Monday – Thursday: 7:00am – 3:00pm


Each administrator maintains office hours based on the needs of their areas of responsibility.