Westfield Public Schools

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Westfield Public Schools
Superintendent: Dr. Margaret Dolan
Business Administrator: Dana Sullivan
Address: 302 Elm Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Grade Range: K-12
School facilities: 10
Enrollment: 6,426 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Faculty (in FTEs): 448.9
Student–teacher ratio: 14.31:1
District Factor Group: I
Web site: http://www.westfieldnjk12.org
Ind. Per Pupil District
Spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
Average
 %± vs.
Average
1A Total Spending $15,568 20 $18,047 -13.7%
1 Budgetary Cost 12,804 28 14,519 -11.8%
2 Classroom Instruction 7,950 28 8,588 -7.4%
6 Support Services 2,116 52 2,338 -9.5%
8 Administrative Cost 1,373 44 1,448 -5.2%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,123 6 1,787 -37.2%
13 Extracurricular Activities 242 53 263 -8.0%
16 Median Teacher Salary 71,698 87 62,707
Data from NJDoE 2013 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-12 districts with more than 3,500 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=106

The Westfield Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in Kindergarten through 12th grade from Westfield, in Union County, New Jersey, United States.

As of the 2010-11 school year, the district's 10 schools had an enrollment of 6,426 students and 448.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.31:1.[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.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Theodore Roosevelt Intermediate School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, during the 2004-05 school year.[4]

For the 1994-95 school year, Westfield High School was named as a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve.[5]

Schools[edit]

The district has a central kindergarten, along with six grade 1 - 5 elementary schools and two grade 6 - 8 middle schools divided by a "North Side / South Side" boundary, as well as a single high school. The schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[6]) are as follows:[7][8]

Kindergarten
Elementary schools (Grades 1-5)
Middle schools (Grades 6-8)
High school (9-12)

Public school students are also eligible to apply to attend the Union County Vocational Technical Schools, which include Union County Magnet High School, Union County Academy for Information Technology, Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences, Union County Vocational Technical High School and Union County Academy for Performing Arts.[9]

Press[edit]

Westfield High School publishes a weekly student newspaper during the school year called Hi's Eye. Established in 1935, the paper publishes 33 issues per year with a monthly Arts and Entertainment insert called Iris. The Hi's Eye is unique among many student run newspapers in that it is weekly and completely self-funded. The motto for the Hi's Eye is "For the students, by the students, since 1935."

The middle schools and elementary schools also publish a brief newspaper written by their students, for their students. Theodore Roosevelt Intermediate School publishes an issue of The Rough Rider 12 times a year. Thomas Alva Edison Intermediate School publishes The Edison Insider a few times a year. Woodrow Wilson Elementary School publishes an issue of The Wilson World twice a year.

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[10][11]

  • Dr. Margaret Dolan, Superintendent
  • Dana Sullivan, Business Administrator / Board Secretary
  • Paul Pineiro, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum, Instruction and Program
  • Michael Weissman, Assistant Superintendent, Pupil Personnel Services
  • Barbara Ball, Human Resources Specialist

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°39′15″N 74°21′08″W / 40.654118°N 74.352339°W / 40.654118; -74.352339