Details About William Penn Senior High School Evacuation

Details about response to accident involving district school bus

This morning, a bus transporting students from William Penn Senior High School to the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy was involved in an accident. Six students were transported to the hospital for assessment of possible injuries. As of 3 p.m., each of the students had been treated and released from the hospital. The driver of the school bus was also transported to the hospital. All other students on the bus were evaluated by school nurses.

The school district contacted parents of the affected students and will report more information to the public when it is available. The safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority. We appreciate the community’s support and patience as we continue to investigate.

Ferguson K – 8

Meet the Principals

NaTasha J. Mathis


Mrs. Mathis is excited for the privilege to serve the School District of the City of York as the new Principal at Ferguson K-8 and to join the dynamic Ferguson family.  She believes in empowering families and students to maximize the leadership gifts that the children of our community bring to the learning environment.

Mrs. Mathis is a native of Los Angeles, CA; she brings a diverse background and bundle of energy to the role of administrator.  She attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as an English major and theater minor.  Mrs. Mathis was the founding president of “The IUP Drill Team” focused on facilitating diversity in campus sports.  In 2002, Mrs. Mathis was recognized by Harrisburg Magazine as a “Harrisburg Trendsetter” while working as the Program Manager of Harrisburg Polytechnic Development Corporation (HPDC) under the founder, Dr. Charles Clevenger.  HPDC was responsible for the development, design and opening of the now thriving Harrisburg University with a feeder high school named SciTech.  Inspired by the field of education, she later earned a graduate degree in Multicultural Education, Special Education Certification and Principal Certification from Eastern University.

Mrs. Mathis continues to seek to understand the needs of youth and how to meet and exceed expectations through extended learning, research and experience.  She was a Special Education teacher for a number of years and is very passionate about meeting the needs of each individual learner. She believes in the power of education and seeks to share that insight with her students and staff through her own experiences as an at-risk youth.

Parent and family engagement is one of the most important goals to Mrs. Mathis on her journey to maximizing all student potential in leadership and academic achievement. She welcomes feedback and ideas on how to take Ferguson K-8 to the top.

Kelly Koerner

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kelly Koerner has served the School District of the City of York since 2009. Mrs. Koerner began her career in the school district teaching 4th grade at Davis K-8. She also spent time teaching at Devers K-8 and Edgar Fahs Smith Middle school. In 2015, Mrs. Koerner was given the opportunity to become an Assistant Principal, and she continues to enjoy her role as an Assistant Principal at Ferguson K-8.

Mrs. Koerner spent her childhood in New Jersey, where she graduated from Caldwell University with her degree in Elementary Education, Music and Multidisciplinary Studies. During her time in college, Mrs. Koerner played soccer and was a member of the music department. Mrs. Koerner attended Cabrini University and received her Masters of Education and Principal Certification.

Mrs. Koerner has a passion for helping our students succeed and enjoys advocating for our students in York City. Mrs. Koerner lives in York with her husband, Chris, and her two daughters, Erica and Kaitlyn. Mrs. Koerner enjoys being part of the Bearcat family and looks forward to being a cheerleader for all of our students in York City.

Special thanks to all of our families for trusting us with your most valuable gifts!

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