The mean SAT scores for Montoursville's 2012 graduating class exceeded those of students statewide in math, critical reading and writing, it was reported during Tuesday night's regular school board meeting.
In addition, local students scored below those nationwide in math, but exceeded national mean SAT scores for critical reading while equaling those in writing, according to figures.
A total of 105 Montoursville students tested in reading, mathematics and writing, or 73 percent of all seniors.
With class sizes at Montoursville shrinking over the past 12 years, fewer students are taking the tests.
Not surprisingly, the scores have risen slightly.
"The more kids who take the test, the lower the scores will be," said Kim Sauers, director of curriculum.
It also was reported that eight students from the Class of 2012 did not finish graduation requirements by June.
However, seven of those students did complete needed course work for graduation by Aug. 31.
Superintendent Dr. Timothy Bowers credited the district with successfully encouraging students who are short of graduation requirements to eventually finish school.
The board unanimously approved an agreement with Excell Tutoring Services to provide a classroom site for a SAT preparatory course this school year and to waive the district's rental fee.
Although she voted in favor of the motion, school director Dora Pioli said she had problems with providing a classroom free of charge to a business.
The board agreed to purchase a grand piano from Robert M. Sides Family Music Center at a cost of $15,999.
School directors met in executive session prior to the meeting to discuss personnel issues.