Burlington County Special Services School District

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Burlington County Special Services District
20 Pioneer Boulevard
Westampton, NJ 08060
District information
Grades Special svc.
Superintendent Dr. Christopher M. Manno
Business administrator Theresa L. Margiotta
Schools 3
Students and staff
Enrollment 499 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 128.0 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 3.90:1
Other information
Website http://www.bcsssd.k12.nj.us
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
Special svc.
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $58,603 5 $18,891 210.2%
1 Budgetary Cost 60,381 6 57,252 5.5%
2 Classroom Instruction 36,289 7 32,861 10.4%
6 Support Services 10,702 5 11,945 -10.4%
8 Administrative Cost 5,888 6 5,725 2.8%
10 Operations & Maintenance 6,536 6 6,215 5.2%
13 Extracurricular Activities 311 3 195 59.5%
16 Median Teacher Salary 75,810 4 77,183
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of Special svc. districts with any number of students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=8

The Burlington County Special Services School District is a special education public school district headquartered in Westampton Township, in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States, whose schools offer educational and therapeutic services for students of elementary and high school age from across the county who have emotional of physical disabilities that cannot be addressed by their sending districts.

The Burlington County Special Services School District was established in 1972 by the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders. At first the district served 30 handicapped students, but grew within five years to accommodate 500 students from 40 sending school districts in the county. A newly constructed campus for the school was built in Westampton Township, starting use in January 1983. In 1990, the district opened a high school for at-risk students in Lumberton Township and a K-8 campus was opened the following year in Willingboro to help teach students how to overcome their disabilities.[3]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's three schools had an enrollment of 499 students and 128.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 3.90:1.[1]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[4]) are:[5]

Comprehensive program
  • Main Campus at Westampton[6] (347 students; in PreK-12)
Junior-Senior high schools
  • Junior-Senior High School at Westampton[7] (105; 7-12)
  • Lumberton Campus / Pathfinder Program[8] (47; 7-12)

History[edit]

A group of emotionally and physically disabled students from the school district's marching band participated in the inaugural parade for President Bill Clinton.[9] The band also marched in the parade in Atlantic City, New Jersey for the 1993 Miss America pageant.[10]

Saying that he "didn't even know it was a paying job" when he was elected to the Assembly in 1995, Superintendent Carmine DeSopo announced in 1996 that he would donate his entire $35,000 annual salary from the Assembly to the school district's marching band and to a camp the district runs for adult graduates.[11] Having been responsible for the creation of the district, DeSopo announced in March 2001 that he was retiring at the end of the school year from his position as superintendent after 38 years in the field of education.[12][13]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[14][15]

  • Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Superintendent
  • Theresa L. Margiotta, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Burlington County Special Services School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2014.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ BCSSSD History, Burlington County Special Services School District. Accessed June 23, 2010.
  4. ^ School Data for the Burlington County Special Services School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2014.
  5. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Burlington County Special Services School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 10, 2014.
  6. ^ Main Campus at Westampton, Burlington County Special Services School District. Accessed December 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Junior-Senior High School at Westampton, Burlington County Special Services School District. Accessed December 10, 2014.
  8. ^ Lumberton Campus / Pathfinder Program, Burlington County Special Services School District. Accessed December 10, 2014.
  9. ^ Staff. "PAGEANT DECISION IS DISAPPOINTING, BUT BURLCO BAND PLAYS ON THE SPECIAL SERVICES SCHOOL'S PIONEERS WERE TO HAVE MARCHED IN A.C., BUT A LATE APPLICATION CANCELED THEIR APPEARANCE.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 15, 1993. Accessed June 22, 2010.
  10. ^ Cannon, Kathleen. "PAGEANT RELENTS, WILL LET DISABLED BAND MARCH IN PARADE", The Press of Atlantic City, September 17, 1993. Accessed June 22, 2010.
  11. ^ Johnston, Robert C. and Walsh, Mark. "State Journal: Surprise gift; No charge", Education Week, April 3, 1996. Accessed June 23, 2010.
  12. ^ Staff. "PIONEERING BURLCO SUPERINTENDENT ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 15, 2001. Accessed June 22, 2010.
  13. ^ Staff. "A new year brings changes in staff, Carmine DeSopo is retiring. Lenape gets ready for a new school. Others come and go.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 26, 2001. Accessed June 22, 2010.
  14. ^ District Administration, Burlington County Special Services School. Accessed March 23, 2015.
  15. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Burlington County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 23, 2015.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°00′52″N 74°49′08″W / 40.01458°N 74.81898°W / 40.01458; -74.81898