Hammonton Public Schools

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Hammonton Public Schools
566 Old Forks Road
Hammonton, NJ 08037
District information
Grades K-12
Superintendent Dr. C. Dan Blachford
Business administrator Barbara S. Prettyman
Schools 4
Students and staff
Enrollment 3,493 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 239.6 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 14.58:1
Other information
District Factor Group B
Website http://www.hammontonps.org
Ind. Per pupil District
 %± vs.
1A Total Spending $13,836 1 $18,891 -26.8%
1 Budgetary Cost 11,195 2 14,783 -24.3%
2 Classroom Instruction 6,866 3 8,763 -21.6%
6 Support Services 1,697 15 2,392 -29.1%
8 Administrative Cost 1,186 12 1,485 -20.1%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,142 6 1,783 -36.0%
13 Extracurricular Activities 208 36 268 -22.4%
16 Median Teacher Salary 58,300 18 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 Hammonton Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serve students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade from Hammonton, in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's four schools had an enrollment of 3,493 students and 239.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.58:1.[1]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "B", the second 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.[3]

Students from Folsom Borough (grades 9-12) and Waterford Township in Camden County (7-12) attend the Hammonton schools as part of sending/receiving relationships with the Folsom Borough School District and the Waterford Township School District.[4][5][6]


In November 1999, residents of Hammonton approved a referendum on construction of new schools. In 2001, the construction of the Early Childhood Education Center was completed. The new Hammonton High School building on Old Forks Road welcomed its first classes when it was opened in September 2002, having been constructed at a cost of $28.7 million of which 40% was funded by the state. The old high school building was converted to a middle school, allowing the district to accommodate the 700 students from Waterford Township who comprised a majority of the district's enrollment.[7] The former high school was on Liberty Street, now home to Hammonton Middle school. Before the move, Hammonton Middle School was located on Vine Street, at a building that is now St. Joseph High School.

In the wake of the dissolution of the Lower Camden County Regional School District, the Hammonton board of education voted in 1999 to begin accepting an estimated 800 students from Waterford Township for grades 7-12 starting as of 2002, with the tuition paid by students from Waterford helping to lower overall costs to Hammonton taxpayers.[8]


Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[9]) are:[10]

Elementary schools
  • Early Childhood Education Center[11] (PreK-1st grade; 413 students)
    • Darla Salay - Principal[12]
  • Warren E. Sooy Elementary School[13] (2-5; 899)
    • Kristina Erman - Principal[12]
    • Leonard Long - Assistant Principal [12]
Middle school
  • Hammonton Middle School[14] (6-8; 817)
    • Michael Nolan - Principal[12]
    • Kevin Clements - Assistant Principal[12]
High school


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

  • Dr. C. Dan Blachford, Superintendent[17]
  • Barbara S. Prettyman, Business Administrator / Board Secretary[18]


  1. ^ a b District information for Hammonton School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 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 March 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Hammonton Public Schools 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 5, 2016. "The Hammonton Public School System serves children from Hammonton, Waterford, and Folsom – as well as over 140 NJ Department of Education Choice students."
  5. ^ Schools, Towns of Hammonton. Accessed June 6, 2016. "Residents from Waterford attend grades 7 through 12. Residents of Folsom and Collings Lakes attend the Hammonton High School in grades 9 through 12 at a brand-new high school on a 118-acre campus."
  6. ^ Puko, Timothy. "Sending Towns Feeling Pinched by Hammonton", The Press of Atlantic City, March 13, 2007. Accessed September 15, 2014. "The two school districts that send students to Hammonton are disputing tuition adjustments that would allow Hammonton School District to avoid a tax hike this year but cause large tax hikes in the sending districts. The school budgets for Hammonton and its sending districts Waterford and Folsom could hang in limbo well past next month's school board elections, and Waterford and Folsom could be left with budget fights and massive cuts, sending district superintendents said."
  7. ^ "Hammonton School District hosts grand opening for new high school; Received $10.3 million under Facilities Act", New Jersey Department of Education, press release dated October 7, 2002. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Arnold, Stephanie L. "Hammonton Board Decides To Accept Waterford Students More Money For An Improved Curriculum Is Expected Once The 800 Junior And Senior High Pupils Arrive.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 25, 1999. Accessed September 15, 2014. "The school board has been mulling the issue since the Waterford Board of Education, in Camden County, decided in September that it wanted to send its 800 junior high and high school students to the Atlantic County school district. Last year, five of seven towns that make up the Lower Camden County Regional School District voted to dissolve it within three years, leaving each town responsible for educating its students."
  9. ^ School Data for the Hammonton Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  10. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Hammonton Public Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  11. ^ Early Childhood Education Center, Hammonton Public Schools. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h Administration, Hammonton Public Schools. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  13. ^ Warren E. Sooy Elementary School, Hammonton Public Schools. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  14. ^ Hammonton Middle School, Hammonton Public Schools. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  15. ^ Hammonton High School, Hammonton Public Schools. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  16. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Atlantic County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  17. ^ Superintendent Office, Hammonton Public Schools. Accessed September 15, 2014.
  18. ^ Business Office, Hammonton Public Schools. Accessed September 15, 2014.

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Coordinates: 39°39′25″N 74°48′36″W / 39.657°N 74.810°W / 39.657; -74.810