Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District

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Bridgewater-Raritan Regional District
Type and location
Grades K-12
Address 836 Newmans Lane
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
District information
Superintendent Victor P. Hayek
Business administrator Peter Starrs
Schools 11
Students and staff
Enrollment 8,810 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 741.3 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 11.88:1
Other information
District Factor Group I
Website http://www.brrsd.k12.nj.us
Ind. Per Pupil District
Spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
Average
 %± vs.
Average
1A Total Spending $17,614 39 $18,891 -6.8%
1 Budgetary Cost 14,439 50 14,783 -2.3%
2 Classroom Instruction 9,227 74 8,763 5.3%
6 Support Services 1,954 27 2,392 -18.3%
8 Administrative Cost 1,495 59 1,485 0.7%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,465 33 1,783 -17.8%
13 Extracurricular Activities 260 56 268 -3.0%
16 Median Teacher Salary 65,128 53 64,043
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-12 districts with more than 3,500 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=103

The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is a regional public school district serving students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from the municipalities of Bridgewater Township and Raritan Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. All of the school facilities are in Bridgewater, except for John F. Kennedy School, which is in Raritan.[3]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 11 schools had an enrollment of 8,810 students and 741.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.88:1.[1]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "I", the second-highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

During the 1999-2000 school year, Bridgewater-Raritan High School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.[5]

For the 1997-98 school year, Bridgewater-Raritan High School was named a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve.[6]

BRHS is one of only three high schools in the state to have received both awards.[7]

Bridgewater Middle school students qualified to participate in NJ State and National Mathcounts for 2012 and 2013.

Bridgewater Middle school students placed 1st in the National Science Bowl competition for 2013 held at Princeton Plasma Lab.[citation needed] Science Bowl is a science competition sponsored by United States Department of Energy, involving general, physical, life, earth and mathematics.

The Bridgewater Middle School Academic team won the A.T.O.M.S tournament for three consecutive years, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[8]) are:[9][10][11]

Primary schools (grades K through 4, except as noted)[12]
  • Adamsville Primary School[13] (604 students in PreK-4)
    • Dr. Jeff White, Principal
  • Bradley Gardens Primary School[14] (293)
    • Barbara Binford, Principal
  • Crim Primary School[15] (402)
    • Margaret Kerr, Principal
  • Hamilton Primary School[16] (394)
    • Dan Fonder, Principal
  • John F. Kennedy Primary School[17] (404)
    • Joseph T. Walsh, Principal
  • Milltown Primary School[18] (501)
    • Matthew J. Lembo, Principal
  • Van Holten Primary School[19] (411)
    • George Rauh, Principal
Intermediate schools (grades 5-6)[20]
  • Eisenhower Intermediate School[21] (884)
    • Joseph P. Diskin, Principal
  • Hillside Intermediate School[22] (587)
    • Terry Pennington, Principal
Middle school (grades 7-8)[23]
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School[24] (1,423)
    • Nancy Iatesta, Principal
High school (grades 9-12)[25]

Former and converted schools[edit]

From the early 1960s to the early 1990s, the Bridgewater-Raritan district had two high schools, known as "East" and "West." The current unified high school is on the "West" site, and the former "East" building is now the Middle School.

Schools that have been closed since the 1980s include:

  • Valley School (now the Harmon V. Wade Administration Building, school district headquarters)
  • Finderne School (now the Peoplecare Center for non-profit community services)
  • Green Knoll School (now part of the Bridgewater Township Municipal Building complex)
  • Martinsville School (now occupied by private offices)
  • Washington Middle School in Raritan (converted to Somerset County offices)

Adamsville School, now an elementary school, was a middle school until the 1980s. Eisenhower and Hillside Schools, now intermediate schools, were both middle schools until 1995.

District governance[edit]

Board of Education[edit]

The district's nine-member Board of Education is apportioned by population between Bridgewater and Raritan. Since the early 1990s, Bridgewater has elected eight of the board members and Raritan has elected one. For 2015, the board president is Ann Marie Mead of Raritan, and the vice president is Jeffrey Brookner, of Bridgewater.[27][28]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[29]

  • Victor P. Hayek, Superintendent (appointed June 24, 2014, took office August 1, 2014)[30][31]
  • Peter Starrs, Business Administrator / Board Secretary[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Cheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Bridgewater, N.J.; Where the Downtown Is a Shopping Mall ", The New York Times, December 29, 2002. Accessed October 5, 2014. "Among the newer residents, Mr. Cirianni said that he and his wife, Rita, were drawn by the 8,550 Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, which the township shares with the 6,000-resident borough to its south."
  4. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed June 27, 2013.
  6. ^ Bridgewater-Raritan High School 1997-98 entry in the Star School database, New Jersey Department of Education, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 18, 2006. Accessed June 27, 2013.
  7. ^ About, Bridgewater-Raritan High School, accessed May 23, 2006.
  8. ^ School Data for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 26, 2014.
  9. ^ Schools, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  10. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  11. ^ 2013-2014 Somerset County Public School Directory, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed February 3, 2015.
  12. ^ K-4 Schools, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  13. ^ Adamsville Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  14. ^ Bradley Gardens Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  15. ^ Crim Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  16. ^ Hamilton Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  17. ^ John F. Kennedy Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  18. ^ Milltown Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  19. ^ Van Holten Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  20. ^ 5-6 Schools, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  21. ^ Eisenhower Intermediate School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  22. ^ Hillside Intermediate School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  23. ^ Middle School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  24. ^ Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  25. ^ High School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  26. ^ Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  27. ^ Board of Education Members, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed January 10, 2015
  28. ^ http://tapinto.net/articles/mead-to-serve-as-board-of-education-president-for
  29. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Somerset County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  30. ^ O'Brien, Walter."Bridgewater-Raritan schools name Pequannock chief as new superintendent", NJ.com, June 26, 2014. Accessed June 26, 2014. "Dr. Victor P. Hayek, currently superintendent for the Pequannock Township school district in Morris County, has been appointed by the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education as its new superintendent, according to a release from the district."
  31. ^ http://thealternativepress.com/articles/hayek-begins-tenure-as-new-superintendent
  32. ^ Business Department/Board Office, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.

External links[edit]

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