Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District

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Bridgewater-Raritan Regional District
836 Newmans Lane
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
District information
Grades PreK-12
Superintendent Russell M. Lazovick
Business administrator Peter Starrs
Schools 11
Students and staff
Enrollment 8,617 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 760.1 FTEs[1]
Student-teacher ratio 11.3:1[1]
Other information
District Factor Group I
Website http://www.brrsd.k12.nj.us
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $17,614 39 $18,891 -6.8%
1 Budgetary Cost 14,439 50 14,783 -2.3%
2 Classroom Instruction 9,227 74 8,763 5.3%
6 Support Services 1,954 27 2,392 -18.3%
8 Administrative Cost 1,495 59 1,485 0.7%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,465 33 1,783 -17.8%
13 Extracurricular Activities 260 56 268 -3.0%
16 Median Teacher Salary 65,128 53 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 Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is a regional public school district serving students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from the municipalities of Bridgewater Township and Raritan Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. All of the school facilities are in Bridgewater, except for John F. Kennedy School, which is in Raritan.[3]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the district's 11 schools had an enrollment of 8,617 students and 760.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.3:1.[1] One of the largest suburban districts statewide, the district is the largest in Somerset County.[4]

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.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

During the 1999-2000 school year, Bridgewater-Raritan High School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.[6]

For the 1997-98 school year, Bridgewater-Raritan High School was named a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve.[7]

BRHS is one of only three high schools in the state to have received both awards.[8]

Bridgewater Middle school students qualified to participate in NJ State and National Mathcounts for 2012 and 2013.

Bridgewater Middle School students placed first in the National Science Bowl 2013 New Jersey regional competition held at Princeton Plasma Lab; Science Bowl is a science competition sponsored by United States Department of Energy, involving general, physical, life, earth and mathematics.[9]

The Bridgewater Middle School Academic team won the A.T.O.M.S tournament for six of eight years, in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015[10] and 2017.

In 2015, BRMS swept all of the 30+ schools during the Music in the Parks Festival and came in first in Jazz band, wind ensemble, orchestra, and girls choir.[11]

In 2013, The BRHS marching band placed the highest of any New Jersey marching band at the Bands of America national championships, and the second New Jersey band to make it to semi-finals.[12]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2013-14 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[13]) are:[14][15]

Primary schools
  • Adamsville Primary School[16] (604 students in PreK-4)
    • James Singagliese, Principal
  • Bradley Gardens Primary School[17] (285; K-4)
    • Barbara A. Binford, Principal
  • Crim Primary School[18] (351; K-4)
    • Margaret Kerr, Principal
  • Hamilton Primary School[19] (488; K-4)
    • Daniel Fonder, Principal
  • John F. Kennedy Primary School[20] (406; K-4)
    • Joseph T. Walsh, Principal
  • Milltown Primary School[21] (434; K-4)
    • Matthew J. Lembo, Principal
  • Van Holten Primary School[22] (433; K-4)
    • George Rauh, Principal
Intermediate and middle schools
  • Eisenhower Intermediate School[23] (768; 5-6)
    • Joseph P. Diskin, Principal
  • Hillside Intermediate School[24] (592; 5-6)
    • William Ferry, Principal
  • Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School[25] (1,480; 7-8)
    • Nancy A. Iatesta, Principal
High school

Former and converted schools[edit]

From the early 1960s to the early 1990s, the Bridgewater-Raritan district had two high schools, known as "East" and "West." The current unified high school is on the "West" site, and the former "East" building is now the Middle School.

Schools that have been closed since the 1980s include:

  • Valley School (now the Harmon V. Wade Administration Building, school district headquarters)
  • Finderne School (now the Peoplecare Center for non-profit community services)
  • Green Knoll School (now part of the Bridgewater Township Municipal Building complex)
  • Martinsville School (now occupied by private offices)
  • Washington Middle School in Raritan (converted to Somerset County offices)

Adamsville School, now an elementary school, was a middle school until the 1980s. Eisenhower and Hillside Schools, now intermediate schools, were both middle schools until 1995.

District governance[edit]

Board of Education[edit]

The district's nine-member Board of Education is apportioned by population between Bridgewater and Raritan. Since the early 1990s, Bridgewater has elected eight of the board members and Raritan has elected one. For 2017, the board president is Jill Gladstone and the vice president is Melanie Thiesse, both of Bridgewater.[27]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[28][29]

  • Russell Lazovick, Superintendent[30]
  • Peter Starrs, Business Administrator / Board Secretary[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d District information for Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Cheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Bridgewater, N.J.; Where the Downtown Is a Shopping Mall ", The New York Times, December 29, 2002. Accessed October 5, 2014. "Among the newer residents, Mr. Cirianni said that he and his wife, Rita, were drawn by the 8,550 Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, which the township shares with the 6,000-resident borough to its south."
  4. ^ About Us, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  5. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed June 27, 2013.
  7. ^ Bridgewater-Raritan High School 1997-98 entry in the Star School database, New Jersey Department of Education, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 18, 2006. Accessed June 27, 2013.
  8. ^ 2015-2016 School Profile, Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  9. ^ O'Brien, Walter. "Bridgewater-Raritan places first in N.J. Science Bowl, heads to nationals", NJ.com, February 26, 2013. Accessed November 8, 2016. "A team of five middle school students who took first place in the state Science Bowl competition will now head to the national competition in the nation's capital.Rob Ambrose, an eighth-grade earth science teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, has been working with a team of students who Friday beat 15 other teams to take first place in the New Jersey Regional Science Bowl at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Princeton."
  10. ^ 2015 A.T.O.M.S Finals, Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association. "On Thursday, April 16, 2015 the final round of A.T.O.M.S was held between Crossroads Middle School and Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. After three rounds of play, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School was named the champion."
  11. ^ Blumberg, Audrey. "BRMS Students Score Big at Music in Parks", TAPintotheBreeze, July 15, 2015. Accessed October 7, 2015. "The wind ensemble earned 95.30 points for the Overall Concert Band Award; the jazz ensemble earned 94.00 points for the Overall Jazz Band Award; the studio orchestra earned 97.30 points; and the select women’s choir earned 95.50 points for the Overall Choir Award."
  12. ^ Staff. "Bridgewater-Raritan band places highest in history at Band of America Grand Nationals", The Messenger-Gazette, January 4, 2013. Accessed July 11, 2016. "The Bridgewater-Raritan High School marching band was recognized by the board of education Tuesday for placing higher than any other New Jersey bands in history at the recent Band of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis."
  13. ^ School Data for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  14. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 30, 2014.
  15. ^ 2015-2016 Somerset County Public Schools Directory, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed November 7, 2016.
  16. ^ Adamsville Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  17. ^ Bradley Gardens Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  18. ^ Crim Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  19. ^ Hamilton Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  20. ^ John F. Kennedy Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  21. ^ Milltown Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  22. ^ Van Holten Primary School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  23. ^ Eisenhower Intermediate School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  24. ^ Hillside Intermediate School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  25. ^ Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  26. ^ Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  27. ^ Board of Education Members, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed January 16, 2017
  28. ^ Staff, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  29. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Somerset County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  30. ^ Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education Appoints New Superintendent, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed July 11, 2016. "The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Board of Education has appointed Russell Lazovick as the district’s next superintendent of schools at its January 26th Board of Education meeting. Mr. Lazovick is currently the superintendent of the Nutley Public School District. He has been awarded a 5-year contract, with a $177,500 salary, based on the state cap. Mr. Lazovick will begin his new position on July 1st."
  31. ^ Business Department/Board Office, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Accessed June 30, 2014.

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