Bayonne Board of Education

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Bayonne Board of Education
669 Avenue A
Bayonne, NJ 07002
District information
Grades Pre-K to 12
Superintendent Dr. Patricia L. McGeehan
Business administrator Leo J. Smith, Jr.
Schools 12
Students and staff
Enrollment 9,418 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 646.0 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 14.58:1
Other information
District Factor Group CD
Website bboed.org
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $15,344 5 $18,891 -18.8%
1 Budgetary Cost 11,998 8 14,783 -18.8%
2 Classroom Instruction 7,963 22 8,763 -9.1%
6 Support Services 1,348 2 2,392 -43.6%
8 Administrative Cost 1,066 4 1,485 -28.2%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,441 29 1,783 -19.2%
13 Extracurricular Activities 136 10 268 -49.3%
16 Median Teacher Salary 51,955 2 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
Midtown Community School 8
Bayonne Junior High School
PS 12, the Bailey School

Bayonne Board of Education is a comprehensive public school district serving students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from Bayonne in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 12 schools had an enrollment of 9,418 students and 646.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.58.[1]

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

After the state rejected a budget plan that would have cut 85 positions and raised taxes by almost 4%, the board of education voted in April 2017 to cut a total of 300 positions, including 260 non-tenured teachers, to achieve $6 million in savings from the earlier proposed $133 million budget.[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

During the 2008-09 school year, Public School #14 Gifted & Talented was recognized with the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[5] the highest award an American school can receive. In 2009-2010, Washington Community School was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award.[6][7]

For the 2004-05 school year, Mary J. Donohoe No. 4 School was named a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve.[8] It is the fourth school in Bayonne to receive this honor. The other three are Bayonne High School in 1995-96,[9] Midtown Community School in 1996-97[10] and P.S. #14 in the 1998-99 school year.[11]

During the 2008-2009 school year, Washington Community School was awarded the ASCA Honor Council Excellence Award, which is given to school's Student Councils who have met the requirements and completed projects in the areas of in leadership, citizenship, and community service.[12]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[13]) are:[14][15]

Elementary schools
  • Henry E. Harris No. 1[16] (grades PreK-8; 636 students)
  • Phillip G. Vroom No. 2[17] (PreK-8; 421)
  • Dr. Walter F. Robinson No. 3[18] (PreK-8; 788)
  • Mary J. Donohoe No. 4[19] (PreK-8; 485)
  • Lincoln Community School No. 5[20] (PreK-8; 444)
  • Horace Mann No. 6[21] (PreK-8; 599)
  • Midtown Community School No. 8[22] (PreK-8; 1,087)
  • George Washington Community School No. 9[23] (PreK-8; 663)
  • Woodrow Wilson School No. 10[24] (PreK-8; 617)
  • John M. Bailey School No. 12[25] (PreK-8; 637)
  • Nicholas Oresko School No. 14[26] (PreK-8; 444) an advanced school for gifted and talented students in academics, the arts, and physical education
High school
  • Bayonne High School[27] (9-12; 2,597). Bayonne High School is the only public school in the state to have an on-campus ice rink for its hockey team.[28]

Dress code[edit]

The Board of Education has implemented a dress code that took effect in the 2006-07 school year for students in Pre-K through eighth grade. The plan was intended to "increase student identification with their schools and the district, Eliminate many of the distractions associated with differences in social or economic status, Allow the children, their teachers and the Board of Education to concentrate on shared pursuit of educational excellence [and] Instill a sense of belonging and school pride".[29][30] A heated battle was fought between enraged parents and the Board, with parents upset at the manner in which the policy was imposed, the cost of the uniforms, the loss of freedom of expression to students in choosing the clothing they wear and issues regarding the manner in which the contract was awarded.[31]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[32][33]

  • Dr. Patricia L. McGeehan, Superintendent
  • Leo J. Smith, Jr., Business Administrator / Board Secretary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for the Bayonne School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 17, 2014.
  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 December 30, 2014.
  4. ^ McDonald, Corey. "Bayonne school board votes to lay off nearly 300 district employees", The Jersey Journal, April 27, 2017. Accessed April 27, 2017. "Facing the packed auditorium of the Bayonne High School, the BOE passed resolutions effectively eliminating 261 non-tenured teachers, as well as 15 secretaries, eight engineers, two bus drivers, and other miscellaneous positions amidst the Board's current budget crisis.A number of residents expressed their frustration and impatience with the board, whose previous budget -- $133.1 million with a 3.95 percent tax increase and a projected 85 layoffs -- was rejected by the state."
  5. ^ U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program: 2008 Schools, United States Department of Education. Accessed September 23, 2008.
  6. ^ "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."
  7. ^ "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."
  8. ^ New Jersey Department of Education Star School Award recipient 2004-05, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 23, 2006.
  9. ^ Star School Award recipient detail, New Jersey Department of Education, Archived December 18, 2006. Accessed November 30, 2009.
  10. ^ Star School Award recipient detail, New Jersey Department of Education, Archived December 18, 2006. Accessed November 30, 2009.
  11. ^ Star School Award recipient detail, New Jersey Department of Education, Archived December 18, 2006. Accessed November 30, 2009.
  12. ^ Congratulations to the 2011-12 Student Council Excellence Award Winners!, National Association of Elementary School Principals. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  13. ^ School Data for the Bayonne Board of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  14. ^ Schools, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  15. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Bayonne Board of Education, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  16. ^ Henry E. Harris No. 1, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  17. ^ Phillip G. Vroom No. 2, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  18. ^ Dr. Walter F. Robinson No. 3, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  19. ^ Mary J. Donohoe No. 4, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  20. ^ Lincoln Community School No. 5, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  21. ^ Horace Mann No. 6, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  22. ^ Midtown Community School No. 8, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  23. ^ George Washington Community School No. 9, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  24. ^ Woodrow Wilson No. 10, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  25. ^ John M. Bailey No. 12, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  26. ^ Nicholas Oresko School #14, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  27. ^ Bayonne High School, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  28. ^ Korpi Ice Rink, Bayonne Hockey Association. Accessed October 29, 2016.
  29. ^ A Letter to Parents and Members of the Community Archived July 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., dated July 24, 2006
  30. ^ Dress Code Archived June 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., accessed July 31, 2006
  31. ^ Sullivan, Al. "School uniform policy to raise protest: Angry parents expect to confront School Board at next meeting", The Hudson Reporter, July 28, 2006. Accessed October 29, 2016.
  32. ^ Central Office Administration, Bayonne Board of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.
  33. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Hudson County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 30, 2014.

External links[edit]

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