Bernards Township School District

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Bernards Township School District
101 Peachtree Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
District information
Grades Pre-K to 12
Superintendent Nick Markarian
Business administrator Rod McLaughlin
Schools 6
Students and staff
Enrollment 5,761 (as of 2013-14)[1]
Faculty 455.9 FTEs[1]
Student-teacher ratio 12.6:1[1]
Other information
District Factor Group J
Website www.bernardsboe.com
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $17,357 34 $18,891 -8.1%
1 Budgetary Cost 13,897 39 14,783 -6.0%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,331 34 8,763 -4.9%
6 Support Services 2,279 50 2,392 -4.7%
8 Administrative Cost 1,196 13 1,485 -19.5%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,776 65 1,783 -0.4%
13 Extracurricular Activities 317 77 268 18.3%
16 Median Teacher Salary 62,380 36 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 Bernards Township School District is a comprehensive community public school district, serving students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from Bernards Township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the district's six schools had an enrollment of 5,761 students and 455.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.6:1.[1]

The district offers a state-of-the-art public program for children on the autism spectrum, utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis.[3]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "J", the 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, recognition and rankings[edit]

During the 2009-10 school year, Ridge High 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.[5] The school had also won the award for the 1986-87 school year.[6] Mount Prospect Elementary School was one of 11 in the state to be recognized in 2014 by the United States Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.[7][8] In 2015, Liberty Corner School was one of 15 schools in New Jersey, and one of nine public schools, recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in the exemplary high performing category by the U.S. Department of Education.[9][10]

Ridge High School was ranked 37th best in America and second best non-magnet high school by Newsweek in 2015[11] and ranked 71st overall in America (and third-highest ranked non-magnet school in New Jersey) by the magazine in 2016.[12]

William Annin Middle School was chosen as a "School To Watch" in 2016, one of three middle schools in the state selected by the Schools To Watch Program.[13]

Schools[edit]

The schools in the district (with 2013-14 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[14]) are:[15][16][17]

Elementary schools
  • Cedar Hill Elementary School[18] (grades K-5; 612 students)
    • Paul Ciempola, Principal
    • Krissy Uhler, Assistant Principal
  • Liberty Corner Elementary School[19] (PreK-5; 595)
    • James Oliver, Principal
    • Jenna Hawkswell, Assistant Principal
  • Mount Prospect Elementary School[20] (PreK-5; 690)
    • Joanne Hozeny, Principal
    • Michael Pepitone, Assistant Principal
  • Oak Street Elementary School[21] (K-5; 616)
    • Jane Costa, Principal
    • Scott Graber, Assistant Principal
Middle school
  • William Annin Middle School[22] (6-8; 1,364). The school is one of the few in the United States to have a seismograph, which is part of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Cooperative Seismographic Network.[23][24]
    • Karen Hudock, Principal
    • Cheri Howarth, Assistant Principal
    • Dan Lederer, Assistant Principal
    • Adam Torrisi, Assistant Principal
High school
  • Ridge High School[25] (9-12; 1,884). The high school mascot is the Ridge Red Devil.
    • Frank Howlett Jr., Principal
    • Gina Donlevie, Assistant Principal
    • Kathleen Dusebout, Assistant Principal
    • Scott Thompson, Assistant Principal
    • Thomas Thorp, Assistant Principal

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[26][27]

  • Nick Markarian, Superintendent
  • Rod McLaughlin, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d District information for Bernards Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Preschool, Bernards Township School District. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  4. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 31, 2014.
  5. ^ 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools: All Public and Private Schools, United States Department of Education. Accessed October 29, 2009.
  6. ^ BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS PROGRAM Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002, United States Department of Education. Accessed May 31, 2013.
  7. ^ Goldman, Jeff. "Which N.J. schools were named to national 'Blue Ribbon' list?", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 2, 2014. Accessed December 31, 2014. "Eleven New Jersey schools have been named to the annual National Blue Ribbon list, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday."
  8. ^ 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Private, United States Department of Education. Accessed December 31, 2014.
  9. ^ 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Private, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Accessed November 14, 2016.
  10. ^ Mueller, Mark. "Which N.J. schools were named National Blue Ribbon schools?", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, September 29, 2015. Accessed November 14, 2016. "Fifteen New Jersey schools have been recognized by the federal government as National Blue Ribbon Schools, a designation that celebrates excellence in academics or progress in closing the achievement gap among groups of students.... Each of the 15 New Jersey schools was chosen for the 'exemplary high performing' category, which weighs state or national tests, high school graduation rates and the performance of subgroups of students, such as those who are economically disadvantaged."
  11. ^ Staff. "America's Top High Schools 2015", Newsweek. Accessed November 9, 2016.
  12. ^ Staff. "America's Top High Schools 2016", Newsweek. Accessed November 9, 2016.
  13. ^ Tarrazi, Alexis. " William Annin Named NJ School to WatchOnly two other schools in New Jersey share this recognition.", Basking Ridge Patch, March 18, 2016. Accessed November 9, 2016. "Only 200 schools nationwide share this recognition. WAMS is among only two other schools in New Jersey with this award including: Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark and Leonia Middle School in Leonia."
  14. ^ School Data for the Bernards Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  15. ^ Schools, Bernards Township School District. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  16. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Bernards Township School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 31, 2014.
  17. ^ 2015-2016 Somerset County Public School Directory, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  18. ^ Cedar Hill Elementary School, Bernards Township School District. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  19. ^ Liberty Corner Elementary School, Bernards Township School District. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  20. ^ Mount Prospect Elementary School, Bernards Township School District. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  21. ^ Oak Street Elementary School, Bernards Township School District. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  22. ^ William Annin Middle School, Bernards Township School District. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  23. ^ About LCSN, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Cooperative Seismographic Network. Accessed December 31, 2014.
  24. ^ Hayes, Edward. "School in Bernards tracks earthquakes", Courier News, January 21, 201. Accessed December 31, 2014. "There are several colleges and universities that maintain seismology equipment for studying, tracking and monitoring earthquakes. And along with them is William Annin Middle School, which maintains its own seismograph for Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York."
  25. ^ Ridge High School, Bernards Township School District. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  26. ^ Administration, Bernards Township School District. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  27. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Somerset County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 31, 2014.

External links[edit]

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