Buena Regional School District

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Buena Regional School District
914 Main Avenue
Richland, NJ 08350
District information
Grades Pre-K to 12
Superintendent Mary Lou DeFrancisco (interim)
Business administrator Pasquale Yacovelli
Schools 5
Students and staff
Enrollment 1,855 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Faculty 167.0 FTEs[1]
Student-teacher ratio 11.1:1[1]
Other information
District Factor Group A
Website www.buena.k12.nj.us
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $19,128 51 $18,891 1.3%
1 Budgetary Cost 13,750 36 14,783 -7.0%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,004 29 8,763 -8.7%
6 Support Services 2,372 51 2,392 -0.8%
8 Administrative Cost 1,491 31 1,485 0.4%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,515 27 1,783 -15.0%
13 Extracurricular Activities 358 26 268 33.6%
16 Median Teacher Salary 64,296 40 64,043
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-12 districts with 1,800-3,500 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=68

The Buena Regional School District is a comprehensive regional public school district serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from Buena Borough and Buena Vista Township, two municipalities in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. Students are sent to the district's high school for grades 9 - 12 from both Estell Manor City and Weymouth Township as part of sending/receiving relationships with the respective school districts.[3][4]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its five schools had an enrollment of 1,855 students and 167.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.1:1.[1]

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

History[edit]

In June 2009, the New Jersey Department of Education ruled that Newfield, a non-operating district seeking to cut costs for its tuition students, could end its relationship with the Buena Regional School District and as of the 2011-12 school year could start sending incoming high school students in grades 7-9 to Delsea Regional High School, under a transition in which students at Buena's high school would remain in the district until they graduated.[6][7]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[8]) are:[9]

Elementary schools
  • Collings Lakes Elementary School[10] (175 students in grades K-3)
    • Daniel J. Benedetto - Principal
  • John C. Milanesi Elementary School[11] (277; PreK-3)
    • Anna Bettini - Principal
  • Dr. J.P. Cleary Elementary School[12] (4-5; 268)
    • Dr. Shelly Ward Richards - Principal
Middle school
  • Buena Regional Middle School[13] (6-8; 432)
    • Karen M. Santoro - Principal
    • Richard Lawrence - Vice Principal
High school

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[15]

  • Mary Lou DeFrancisco, Interim Superintendent[16]
  • Pasquale Yacovelli, Business Administrator / Board Secretary[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d District information for Buena Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Buena Regional School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 18, 2017. "Buena Regional School District is a comprehensive, regional public school district. The District’s three elementary and middle school serve students from Buena Vista Township and Buena Borough. The District’s high school serves students from Buena Vista Township and Buena Borough, along with students from the neighboring municipalities of Estell Manor and Weymouth Township through a sending/receiving relationship."
  4. ^ Administration, Buena Regional School District. Accessed November 27, 2014. "Students from Weymouth and Estell Manor join students from Buena Vista Township, Buena Borough."
  5. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Romalino, Carly. "State OKs Newfield's break with Buena district", Gloucester County Times, June 17, 2009. "The Board of Education here can sever its three-decade tie with Buena Regional School District, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Lucille Davy has ruled. The move will begin in the 2010-11 school year. In a phase-in process, according to Delsea Regional School District Superintendent Frank Borelli, Delsea schools will first accept Newfield students entering grades seven and nine in September 2010. Students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 as of September 2010 would continue to be educated at Buena High School. Newfield children eligible for the sixth grade as of September 2010 would attend a school arranged for by Newfield, presumably the Franklin Township school district, and not Buena Middle School."
  7. ^ Romalino, Carly Q. "Newfield's 'no' could hurt other districts", Courier-Post, November 4, 2015. Accessed February 1, 2017. "In 2012, Newfield ended its send-receive agreement with Buena schools in Atlantic County, instead sending its 400 elementary and 120 high school students to districts in neighboring Franklin Township. The send-receive agreement with Franklin Township Public Schools and Delsea Regional School District — which also educated Elk Township high schoolers — was touted as cheaper tuition than Buena."
  8. ^ School Data for the Buena Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 18, 2017.
  9. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Buena Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Collings Lakes Elementary School, Buena Regional School District. Accessed May 18, 2017.
  11. ^ John C. Milanesi Elementary School, Buena Regional School District. Accessed May 18, 2017.
  12. ^ Dr. J.P. Cleary Elementary School, Buena Regional School District. Accessed May 18, 2017.
  13. ^ Buena Regional Middle School, Buena Regional School District. Accessed May 18, 2017.
  14. ^ Buena Regional High School, Buena Regional School District. Accessed May 18, 2017.
  15. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Atlantic County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  16. ^ Superintendent, Buena Regional School District. Accessed May 18, 2017.
  17. ^ Business Office, Buena Regional School District. Accessed May 18, 2017.

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Coordinates: 39°30′08″N 74°53′49″W / 39.50213°N 74.896921°W / 39.50213; -74.896921