Great Meadows Regional School District

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Great Meadows Regional School District
P.O. Box 74
Great Meadows, NJ 07838
District information
Grades K-8
Superintendent David Mango
Business administrator Tim Havlusch
Schools 3
Students and staff
Enrollment 1,175 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Faculty 69.0 FTEs[1]
Student-teacher ratio 17.0:1[1]
Other information
District Factor Group GH
Website http://www.gmrsd.com
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-8
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $16,385 26 $18,891 -13.3%
1 Budgetary Cost 13,063 28 14,159 -7.7%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,261 31 8,659 -4.6%
6 Support Services 1,774 20 2,167 -18.1%
8 Administrative Cost 1,381 23 1,547 -10.7%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,616 49 1,612 0.2%
13 Extracurricular Activities 23 5 104 -77.9%
16 Median Teacher Salary 59,200 27 61,136
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-8 districts with more than 750 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=84

The Great Meadows Regional School District is a regional public school district in Warren County, New Jersey, United States, that serves students in Kindergarten through eighth grade from Independence and Liberty townships.[3] The New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division blocked a 2007 effort by Liberty Township to leave the Great Meadows district based on Liberty's greater share of district costs, with the court citing the inability of the two communities to provide an efficient education separately.[4]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its three schools had an enrollment of 1,175 students and 69.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 17.0:1.[1]

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

The board of education consists of nine members, with six from Independence Township and three from Liberty Township, who are elected to office on a staggered basis with one seat from Liberty and two from Independence up for election each year.[6] A member represents the Board on the Hackettstown Board of Education to deal with issues pertaining to Hackettstown High School and the Hackettstown School District.

Students attending public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Hackettstown High School which serves students from Hackettstown, along with students from the townships of Allamuchy and Liberty, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Hackettstown School District.[7][8] As of the 2014-15 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 923 students and 68.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.5:1.[9]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2014-15 school year enrollment from the National Center for Education Statistics[10]) are:[8][11]

Elementary schools
  • Central Elementary School[12] (201 students in grades K-2)
    • Michael Mai, Principal
  • Liberty Elementary School[13] (262; 3-5)
    • Jennifer Macones, Principal
Middle school
  • Great Meadows Middle School[14] (297; 6-8)
    • Israel Marmolejos, Principal

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[15][16]

  • David Mango, Superintendent
  • Tim Havlusch, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d District information for Great Meadows 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. ^ Great Meadows Regional School District 2014 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 16, 2017. "Great Meadows Regional is a K-8 school district with an enrollment of approximately 900 students. High school students attend Hackettstown High School as part of a sending/ receiving agreement. Great Meadows Regional consists of the contiguous townships of Independence and Liberty, is located in central Warren County and encompasses 32.35 square miles."
  4. ^ Novak, Stephen J. "State court says Liberty Township cannot withdraw from Great Meadows school district", The Express-Times, April 2, 2009. Accessed June 6, 2013. "Formed in 1993, Great Meadows has three schools: Liberty Elementary, Independence Township Central School and Great Meadows Regional Middle School. Both townships send students to Hackettstown High School for grades nine through 12. Liberty Township sought to break from Independence Township in 2004 after a contentious budget season."
  5. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 3, 2014.
  6. ^ Board of Education Members, Great Meadows Regional School District. Accessed June 6, 2013.
  7. ^ Hackettstown High School 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 16, 2017. "Hackettstown High School serves the communities of Hackettstown, Allamuchy, Independence, and Liberty."
  8. ^ a b Municipal Guide to Public School Districts, Warren County, New Jersey. Accessed May 16, 2017.
  9. ^ School data for Hackettstown High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  10. ^ School Data for the Great Meadows Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016.
  11. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Great Meadows Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  12. ^ Central Elementary School, Great Meadows Regional School District. Accessed May 16, 2017.
  13. ^ Liberty Elementary School, Great Meadows Regional School District. Accessed May 16, 2017.
  14. ^ Great Meadows Middle School, Great Meadows Regional School District. Accessed May 16, 2017.
  15. ^ District Business Office Staff Directory, Great Meadows Regional School District. Accessed May 16, 2017.
  16. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Warren County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°54′30″N 74°52′18″W / 40.908379°N 74.871735°W / 40.908379; -74.871735