Cranford Township Public Schools

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Cranford Township Public Schools
Type and location
Grades K-12
Address 132 Thomas Street
Cranford, NJ 07016
District information
Superintendent Dr. Gayle Carrick
Business administrator Robert J. Carfagno
Schools 7
Students and staff
Enrollment 3,773 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 329.8 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 11.44:1
Other information
District Factor Group I
Website http://www.cranfordschools.org
Ind. Per Pupil District
Spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
Average
 %± vs.
Average
1A Total Spending $16,494 23 $18,891 -12.7%
1 Budgetary Cost 13,514 34 14,783 -8.6%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,122 25 8,763 -7.3%
6 Support Services 2,186 46 2,392 -8.6%
8 Administrative Cost 1,482 58 1,485 -0.2%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,380 24 1,783 -22.6%
13 Extracurricular Activities 315 76 268 17.5%
16 Median Teacher Salary 63,767 45 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 Cranford Township Public Schools is a comprehensive public school system serving students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade in Cranford Township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. The district is governed by a nine-person elected board of education.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's seven schools had an enrollment of 3,773 students and 329.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.44:1.[1]

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.[3]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 from the National Center for Education Statistics[4]) are:[5][6]

Elementary schools
  • Bloomingdale Avenue School[7] (238 students in grades K-2)
  • Brookside Place School[8] (422; K-5)
  • Hillside Avenue School[9] (739; K-8)
  • Livingston Avenue School[10] (172; 3-5)
  • Orange Avenue School[11] (739; 3-8)
  • Walnut Avenue School[12] (306; PreK-2)
High school

The system's high school was the 49th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology, after having been ranked 51st in the state out of 328 schools in 2012.[14] Cranford High School has a curriculum which has a strong push for technology in the schools, along with stressing service learning. The high school is recognized for its work in service learning and for being a national school of character. Cranford High School students are regularly admitted to some of the nation's top private and public universities, with over 90% of each graduating class going onto college.

Cranford has two public middle schools, Orange Avenue School and Hillside Avenue School, which are located on each end of the community and serve their local neighborhood. Both also are elementary schools as well. On the north side of town, along with Orange Avenue, are two other elementary schools, Bloomingdale Avenue School and Brookside Place School. On the south side of town, along with Hillside Avenue, are two other elementary schools, Walnut Avenue School and Livingston Avenue School.

Lincoln School, which is the home of the district's administrative offices, also houses the district's two alternative education programs, CAP and CAMP.[15]

Awards and recognition[edit]

The district was selected as one of the top "100 Best Communities for Music Education in America 2005" by the American Music Conference.[16]

Board of education[edit]

The Cranford Public Schools is governed by a nine-member Board of education. The board members are elected to three-year terms in at-large elections held every April, with three seats being up every year. The board members take office a week after the election and at that meeting elect a president and vice president to serve one-year terms.

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[17][18]

  • Dr. Gayle Carrick, Superintendent
  • Robert J. Carfagno, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Cranford Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 15, 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 October 15, 2014.
  4. ^ School Data for the Cranford Township Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 15, 2014.
  5. ^ District Schools, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
  6. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Cranford Township Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 3, 2013.
  7. ^ Bloomingdale Avenue School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Brookside Place School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Hillside Avenue School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
  10. ^ Livingston Avenue School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
  11. ^ Orange Avenue School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
  12. ^ Walnut Avenue School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
  13. ^ Cranford High School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed October 15, 2014.
  14. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  15. ^ Lincoln School, Cranford Township Public Schools. Accessed May 6, 2013.
  16. ^ Best 100 (101!) Communities for Music Education in America, 2005, American Music Conference. Accessed December 12, 2006.
  17. ^ District Personnel, Cranford Public School District. Accessed October 15, 2014.
  18. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Union County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 15, 2014.

External links[edit]

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