Long Branch Public Schools

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Long Branch Public Schools
Type and location
Grades pre-K to 12
Address 540 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
District information
Superintendent Michael Salvatore
Business administrator Peter E. Genovese, III
Schools 10
Affiliation(s) Former Abbott district
Students and staff
Enrollment 5,396 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 505.5 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 10.67:1
Other information
District Factor Group B
Website www.longbranch.k12.nj.us
Ind. Per Pupil District
Spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
Average
 %± vs.
Average
1A Total Spending $21,220 87 $18,891 12.3%
1 Budgetary Cost 14,682 57 14,783 -0.7%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,920 62 8,763 1.8%
6 Support Services 2,382 58 2,392 -0.4%
8 Administrative Cost 1,368 36 1,485 -7.9%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,691 57 1,783 -5.2%
13 Extracurricular Activities 277 62 268 3.4%
16 Median Teacher Salary 58,975 21 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

Long Branch Public Schools is a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade in the city of Long Branch, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The district is one of 31 former Abbott districts statewide,[3] which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.[4][5]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's ten schools had an enrollment of 5,396 students and 505.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.67:1.[1]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "B", the second lowest 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.[6]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[7]) are:[8]

Early childhood learning centers (PreK and K)
  • Lenna W. Conrow School[9] (369 students)
  • Joseph Ferraina Early Childhood Learning Center[10] (343)
  • Morris Avenue School[11] (was PreK-2; 433)
Primary schools (grades 1-5)
  • Amerigo A. Anastasia School[12] (was PreK-5; 749)
  • George L. Catrambone Elementary School[13] (new for 2014-15)
  • Gregory School[14] (was PreK-5; 804)
  • West End School (defunct - was K-5; 301)
Middle school
  • Long Branch Middle School[15] (6-8; 943)
High school
Alternative
  • The Academy of Alternative Programs, an alternative education program[17] (was 3-5; 341 as Audrey W. Clark School)

George L. Catrambone Elementary School was constructed at a total cost over $40 million for a facility that was designed to house 800 students in a facility covering 109,000 square feet (10,100 m2) for which construction began in 2012.[18] With the start of the 2014-15 school year, a realignment of the district closed West End School, converted Morris Avenue School for early childhood use and repurposed Audrey W. Clark School for alternative education.[19]

Superintendent pay[edit]

In March 2006, the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation issued a report to Governor Jon Corzine specifically and to the public in general that addressed "Questionable and Hidden Compensation for Public School Administrators". The report disclosed that the Long Branch school district had reported to the New Jersey Department of Education that Superintendent of Schools Joseph Ferraina (who retired in 2011) was receiving a base salary of $193,149 when, as the Commission of Investigation stated, he was actually receiving a total compensation of $305,099, some 58% higher than the amount reported to the State.[20] By 2011, Ferraina was earning a base salary of $242,550.[21]

After three years as Chief School Administrator, Michael Salvatore accepted a contract in August 2014 under which he will earn less in base pay due to the state's superintendent salary cap. The school board approved a $165,000 annual base salary for Salvatore in a contract that expires in June 2019, which is a $10,000 reduction from his previous salary with the district. However, Salvatore's newest endeavor will supplement the contract with $10,000, which entails governing the Deal School District as a shared service Superintendent.[21]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[22][23]

  • Michael Salvatore, Superintendent
  • Peter E. Genovese, III, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Long Branch School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Abbott Districts, New Jersey Department of Education, backed up by the Internet Archiveas of May 15, 2009. Accessed August 14, 2012.
  4. ^ What are SDA Districts?, New Jersey Schools Development Authority. Accessed August 14, 2012. "SDA Districts are 31 special-needs school districts throughout New Jersey. They were formerly known as Abbott Districts, based on the Abbott v. Burke case in which the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the State must provide 100 percent funding for all school renovation and construction projects in special-needs school districts.... The districts were renamed after the elimination of the Abbott designation through passage of the state’s new School Funding Formula in January 2008."
  5. ^ SDA Districts, New Jersey Schools Development Authority. Accessed August 14, 2012.
  6. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 23, 2014.
  7. ^ School Data for the Long Branch Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  8. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Long Branch Public Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  9. ^ Lenna W. Conrow School, Long Branch Public Schools. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  10. ^ Joseph Ferraina Early Childhood Learning Center, Long Branch Public Schools. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  11. ^ Morris Avenue School, Long Branch Public Schools. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  12. ^ Amerigo A. Anastasia School, Long Branch Public Schools. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  13. ^ George L. Catrambone Elementary School, Long Branch Public Schools. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  14. ^ Gregory School, Long Branch Public Schools. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  15. ^ Long Branch Middle School, Long Branch Public Schools. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  16. ^ Long Branch High School, Long Branch Public Schools. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  17. ^ The Academy of Alternative Programs, Long Branch Public Schools. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  18. ^ "Groundbreaking of Catrambone Elementary School Continues New Era of Efficient and Cost-Effective School Construction Under Governor Christie", State of New Jersey press release, September 24, 2012. Accessed August 20, 2014. "Terminal Construction Corp. of Wood Ridge, New Jersey was awarded a $27.5 million contract for the construction of the new school.... The total estimated project costs are $40.1 million."
  19. ^ Sheldon, Christopher. "Long Branch Will Realign Elementary Schools After West End School Closure; The Audrey W. Clark School will also have a new purpose after redistricting.", Long Branch - Eatontown Patch, September 6, 2013. Accessed August 20, 2014. "Kindergarten classrooms will be pulled from the district's current elementary schools and placed into the Joseph M. Ferraina Early Childhood Learning Center and Lenna W. Conrow School, which are currently preschools. The Morris Avenue School will also become an exclusive early education center after serving as a home for pre-kindergarten to third grade students."
  20. ^ "Taxpayers Beware: What You Don't Know Can Cost You", New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, March 2006, pp. 24–25. Accessed April 4, 2011.
  21. ^ a b Williams, Carol Gorga. "Long Branch educator takes on Deal school", Asbury Park Press, August 7, 2014. Accessed August 20, 2014. "The school board recently approved a $165,000 annual salary for Salvatore in a contract that expires in June 2019. Salvatore, however, will pick up an additional $10,000 a year as the superintendent for the Deal school district."
  22. ^ Superintendent's Cabinet, Long Branch Public Schools. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  23. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Monmouth County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 20, 2014.

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