Cherry Hill Public Schools

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Cherry Hill Public Schools
Superintendent: Dr. Maureen Reusche
Business Administrator: James Devereaux
Address: 45 Ranoldo Terrace
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Grade Range: K-12
School facilities: 19
Enrollment: 11,248 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty (in FTEs): 829.6
Student–teacher ratio: 13.56:1
District Factor Group: GH
Web site: http://www.cherryhill.k12.nj.us
Ind. Per Pupil District
Spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
Average
 %± vs.
Average
1A Total Spending $17,276 32 $18,891 -8.5%
1 Budgetary Cost 13,322 30 14,783 -9.9%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,396 38 8,763 -4.2%
6 Support Services 2,073 38 2,392 -13.3%
8 Administrative Cost 1,359 33 1,485 -8.5%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,229 12 1,783 -31.1%
13 Extracurricular Activities 261 58 268 -2.6%
16 Median Teacher Salary 63,865 48 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 Cherry Hill Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district, serving students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from Cherry Hill Township, in Camden County, New Jersey, United States.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 19 schools had an enrollment of 11,248 students and 829.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.56:1.[1] It is the twelfth-largest school district in the state of New Jersey and one of the largest suburban districts.[3]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "GH", the third-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]

For the 2001-2002 school year, Cherry Hill High School East received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.[5] During the 2009-10 school year, Rosa International Middle School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence.[6]

Three of the district's schools have been named as "Star Schools" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve. Cherry Hill High School East was recognized in 1990-2000,[7] Thomas Paine Elementary School in 2002-2003[8] and Clara Barton Elementary School was honored with this award in 2003-2004.[9]

Joyce Kilmer and Thomas Paine Elementary Schools were recognized by Governor Jim McGreevey in 2003 as two of 25 schools selected statewide for the First Annual Governor's School of Excellence award.[10]

In addition, the district has three New Jersey Department of Education Governor’s Schools of Excellence, and five Best Practices Award Winners. SAT scores far exceed state and national averages. In 2005, the graduation rate was nearly 100% and more than 97% of graduates are continuing their education at two- or four-year colleges.

Controversy[edit]

In April 2012, the parent of an autistic student released a video as evidence that his son was the subject of emotional abuse by an aide at Horace Mann Elementary School. The parent had wired his son before sending him to school and told reporters that "he caught his son's teachers gossiping, talking about alcohol and violently yelling at students", which led to one of the aides involved being fired after officials listened to the tape.[11]

Cherry Hill Education Foundation[edit]

Along with awards and honors of the school district, the Cherry Hill Education Foundation was established in 1998. The Cherry Hill Education Foundation is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that helps support innovative and educational programs in the Cherry Hill School District that cannot be funded by the District Budget. Since November 2007, the Foundation has funded over $207,000 in grants to various schools throughout the district. The Cherry Hill Education Foundation raises funds from individuals, public and private grants, and corporate sponsorships, and by hosting a variety of fundraising events.

The Cherry Hill Education Foundation is an all volunteer organization that was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization and has raised over $200,000 to aid schools since 2007. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has a primary mission to support the Cherry Hill School District and to encourage community involvement and awareness of the schools, the students, and student programs. The Foundation aims to recognize the accomplishments of the District, the students, the teachers, and the community. Since 1998, the foundation has had three objectives:[12]

  1. To promote student development through enriched programs and activities, and recognition of student accomplishments.
  2. To encourage creativity among employees by supporting unique growth opportunities, providing resources for creative teaching ideas, and recognizing employee accomplishments.
  3. To encourage school-community partnerships by promoting community awareness about school programs, providing ways for individuals and organizations to share resources with the school to enhance learning, and facilitating cooperative ventures among the Foundation, community groups, and the school district.

Schools[edit]

The system is made up of 19 schools. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[13]) are listed below:[14][15][16]

School name Grade
range
Number of
students
Principal Year established / notes
Barclay Early Childhood Center[17] PreK 288 Karen Rockhill 1959
Clara Barton Elementary School[18] K-5 474 Sean Sweeney 1965
James F. Cooper Elementary School[19] K-5 277 Erica Price 1970
Bret Harte Elementary School[20] K-5 411 Dr. Neil Burti 1968
James H. Johnson Elementary School[21] K-5 446 James Gallagher, Interim 1966
Joyce Kilmer Elementary School[22] K-5 434 Rebecca Tiernan 1968
Kingston Elementary School[23] K-5 425 William Marble 1955
A. Russell Knight Elementary School[24] K-5 366 Eugene Park 1964
Horace Mann Elementary School[25] K-5 289 Dr. Shilpa Dalal 1962
Thomas Paine Elementary School[26] K-5 374 Dr. Kirk Rickansrud 1968
Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School[27] K-5 332 Ric Miscioscia 1964
Richard Stockton Elementary School[28] K-5 451 Eloisa DeJesus-Woodruff 1970
Woodcrest Elementary School[29] K-5 429 Dr. Beth Anne Kob 1958
Henry C. Beck Middle School[30] 6-8 918 Dr. Dennis Perry 1970
John A. Carusi Middle School[31] 6-8 936 Dr. John Cafagna 1961
Rosa International Middle School[32] 6-8 807 George Guy 1961 as Heritage Junior High School
1985 as district's administration building
1999 as Rosa International Middle School
Cherry Hill High School East[33] 9-12 2,033 Dr. Lawyer Chapman 1967
Cherry Hill High School West[34] 9-12 1,521 Dr. Kwame Morton 1956
Cherry Hill Alternative High School[35] 9-12 37 James Riordan 1969 as early childhood center
1997 as alternative high school

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[36][37]

  • Dr. Maureen Reusche – Superintendent[38]
  • James Devereaux – Business Administrator / Board Secretary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Cherry Hill Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Spoto, MaryAnn. "Assembly committee examines bill that would add N.J. school board elections to November general elections", The Star-Ledger, December 8, 2011. Accessed April 30, 2012. "Cherry Hill — the state’s 12th largest school district — could save $175,000, the salary of three teachers there, Greenwald said."
  4. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  6. ^ 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools: All Public and Private Schools, United States Department of Education. Accessed October 29, 2009.
  7. ^ New Jersey Department of Education Star School Award recipient detail 1999-2000 school year, Cherry Hill High School East, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 30, 2006.
  8. ^ New Jersey Department of Education Star School Award recipient detail 2002-2003 school year, Thomas Paine Elementary School, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 30, 2006.
  9. ^ New Jersey Department of Education Star School Award recipient detail 2003-2004 school year, Clara Barton Elementary School, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 30, 2006.
  10. ^ McGreevey Celebrates Schools that are "Getting it Right": Schools of Excellence Winners Demonstrate Effectiveness of Governor’s Education Priorities, New Jersey Department of Education press release dated November 21, 2003. Accessed December 15, 2009.
  11. ^ "NJ Father Records Teachers Bullying His Autistic Child", WTXF-TV, April 23, 2012. Accessed April 29, 2012.
  12. ^ Who We Are, Cherry Hill Education Foundation. Accessed July 6, 2013.
  13. ^ School Data for the Cherry Hill Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  14. ^ 2014 Directory, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  15. ^ Our Schools, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  16. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Cherry Hill Public Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  17. ^ Barclay Early Childhood Center, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  18. ^ Clara Barton Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  19. ^ James F. Cooper Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  20. ^ Bret Harte Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  21. ^ James H. Johnson Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  22. ^ Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  23. ^ Kingston Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  24. ^ A. Russell Knight Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  25. ^ Horace Mann Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  26. ^ Thomas Paine Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  27. ^ Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  28. ^ Richard Stockton Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  29. ^ Woodcrest Elementary School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  30. ^ Henry C. Beck Middle School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  31. ^ John A. Carusi Middle School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  32. ^ Rosa International Middle School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  33. ^ Cherry Hill High School East, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  34. ^ Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  35. ^ Cherry Hill Alternative High School, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  36. ^ Contact Us, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  37. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Camden County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 12, 2014.
  38. ^ About Dr. Reusche, Cherry Hill Public Schools. Accessed December 12, 2014.

External links[edit]

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