Woodbridge Township School District

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Woodbridge Township School District
Superintendent: Robert Zega E.D
Business Administrator: Dennis DeMarino
Address: School Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Grade Range: K-12
School facilities: 24
Enrollment: 13,204 (as of 2009-10)[1]
Faculty (in FTEs): 1,029.0
Student–teacher ratio: 11.83
District Factor Group: DE
Web site: http://www.woodbridge.k12.nj.us
Ind. Per Pupil District
Spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
Average
 %± vs.
Average
1 Budgetary Cost 11,275 14 13,632 -17.3%
2 Classroom Instruction 6,935 12 8,035 -13.7%
6 Support Services 1,600 26 2,166 -26.1%
8 Administrative Cost 1,338 51 1,379 -3.0%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,068 2 1,674 -36.2%
13 Extracurricular Activities 180 24 258 -30.2%
16 Median Teacher Salary 62,000 74 57,597
Data from NJDoE 2009 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-12 districts with 3,501+ students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=105

The Woodbridge Township School District is a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade from Woodbridge Township, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. All schools are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

As of the 2009-10 school year, the district's 24 schools had an enrollment of 13,204 students and 1,029.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.83.[1] The high schools offer more than 150 courses, including Advanced Placement, college preparatory, business, vocational and cooperative work/study programs.

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

During the 2008-09 school year, Kennedy Park School #24 was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[4] the highest award an American school can receive.[5][6] Lynn Crest School was recognized as a "Blue Ribbon" School during the 2009-10 school year.[7]

For the 2005-06 school year, the district was recognized with the "Best Practices Award" by the New Jersey Department of Education for its "Blooming Buddies-The Garden Club" Science program at Matthew Jago Elementary School.[8]

For the 2004-05 school year, Matthew Jago Elementary School was named a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve.[9]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district are (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[10]) are:

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High schools

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[11][12]

  • Dr. Robert Zega, Superintendent
  • Dennis DeMarino, Business Administrator/Board Secretary

Controversy[edit]

Lois Rotella, former Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, suddenly left her position in early August 2012. No one is saying why she left her position so suddenly; however, "the district has been notoriously tight-lipped about matters since various schools have been under investigation by the State Board of Education's Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance...because of a high number of wrong-to-right erasures on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) standardized tests."[13]

Board of Education Members

  • Brian Molnar - President
  • John Golden - Vice-President
  • Frank DellaPietro III
  • Judy Leidner
  • Daniel Harris
  • Brian F. Small
  • Monica Michelle Smith
  • Ezra Tamburello
  • Jonathan Treibwasser

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for the Woodbridge Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 27, 2011.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 27, 2009.
  4. ^ U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program: 2008 Schools, United States Department of Education. Accessed September 23, 2008.
  5. ^ "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department", Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  6. ^ "Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test", The Washington Post. September 29, 2005. "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  7. ^ 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Private, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 27, 2011.
  8. ^ New Jersey Department of Education Best Practices Award recipient for 2005-06, accessed October 23, 2006
  9. ^ New Jersey Department of Education Star School Award recipients, accessed May 23, 2006
  10. ^ Data for the Woodbridge Township Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 27, 2011.
  11. ^ Central Administration, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed February 7, 2013.
  12. ^ New Jersey School Directory, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed February 7, 2013.
  13. ^ Mystery Surrounds Woodbridge Assistant School Superintendent's Departure, Woodbridge Patch. August 3, 2012.

External links[edit]

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