Harding Township School District

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Harding Township School District
Lee's Hill Road
New Vernon, NJ 07976
United States
Coordinates40°44′37″N 74°28′39″W / 40.743601°N 74.477637°W / 40.743601; -74.477637Coordinates: 40°44′37″N 74°28′39″W / 40.743601°N 74.477637°W / 40.743601; -74.477637
District information
SuperintendentMatthew A. Spelker
Business administratorMark Kenney
Students and staff
Enrollment314 (as of 2017-18)[1]
Faculty38.8 FTEs[1]
Student–teacher ratio8.1:1[1]
Other information
District Factor GroupJ
WebsiteDistrict website
Ind. Per pupil District
%± vs.
1ATotal Spending$23,32960$18,89123.5%
1Budgetary Cost20,4056214,15944.1%
2Classroom Instruction10,443518,65920.6%
6Support Services3,566582,16764.6%
8Administrative Cost1,735441,54712.2%
10Operations & Maintenance2,855631,61277.1%
13Extracurricular Activities46066104342.3%
16Median Teacher Salary61,0405161,136
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-8 districts with up to 400 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=71

The Harding Township School District is a community public school district that serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade from Harding Township, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States.[3]

As of the 2017-18 school year, the district and its one school had an enrollment of 314 students and 38.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.1:1.[1]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "J", the-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.[4]

For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Madison High School in Madison, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Madison Public Schools.[5]


In May 1974, the Harding Township School District was given permission by the State Commissioner of Education to end their sending / receiving relationship with the Morris School District at Morristown High School and begin sending their students to Madison High School starting with the 1975-76 school year, ruling that the withdrawal of the mostly white students from Harding Township would not "cause a disproportionate change in the racial composition of Morristown High School".[6][7]


Harding Township School serves students in grades PreK-8.[8] The school had an enrollment of 308 as of the 2017-18 school year.[9]

  • Mary Donohue, Principal / Director of Curriculum[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


Core members of the district's administration are:[10][12]

  • Matthew A. Spelker, Superintendent
  • Edward Appleton, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

The district's board of education has five members who set policy and oversee the fiscal and educational operation of the district through its administration. As a Type II school district, the board's trustees are elected directly by voters to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year held (since 2012) as part of the November general election. One board member is assigned to serve as a representative to the board of education of the Madison Public Schools.[13][14][15]


  1. ^ a b c d District information for Harding Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Harding Township Board of Education District Policy - Identification, Harding Township School District. Accessed January 29, 2020. "Purpose: The Board of Education exists for the purpose of providing a thorough and efficient system of free public education in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight in the Harding Township School District. Composition: The Harding Township School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of Harding Township."
  4. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Madison High School 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 30, 2017. "Madison High School also enjoys the benefits of our sending-receiving relationship with Harding Township, a nearby K-8 school district. Students from Harding and Madison become a cohesive class in their four years together."
  6. ^ "Commissioner Reverses Plan for Morris Schools", The New York Times, May 2, 1974. Accessed November 9, 2017. "Contending that it would not significantly 'cause a disproportionate change in the racial composition of Morristown High School,' the state's Acting Commissioner of Education, Edward W. Kilpatrick today allowed Harding Township to send its high school students to. Madison High School rather than to Morristown after June 1975.... In 1971, during the time the regionalization of the Morris districts was pending before the Commissioner, Harding Township, an affluent semirural town of three‐acre‐minimum residential zones, petitioned the county superintendent to allow sending of high school pupils to the smaller Madison High School with a much smaller black population. Subsequently, Harding began to send its ninth graders to Madison despite objections from Morristown."
  7. ^ Staff. "Morristown High School Closed After Racial Fight", The New York Times, May 7, 1974. Accessed November 9, 2017. "Morristown High School has about 400 black students, most of them from Morristown. Most of the high school student from Morris Township, Morris Plain: and Harding Township are white. Morristown and Morris Township were forced to merge their school systems two years ago to advance racial integration. Last week Harding Township was given permission by the State Education Commissioner to withdraw its students from Morristown High and send them to Madison High."
  8. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Harding Township School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  9. ^ School Data for the Harding Township School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 1, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Administration, Harding Township School District, updated July 29, 2019. Accessed January 29, 2020.
  11. ^ Tsai, Martin "Meryl Streep on her Jersey food memories", The Star-Ledger, September 29, 2009. Accessed November 28, 2012. "She attended Harding Township Middle School and became Bernards High School's homecoming queen before leaving the state to attend Vassar College and Yale University."
  12. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Morris County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed January 29, 2020.
  13. ^ New Jersey Boards of Education by District Election Types - 2018 School Election, New Jersey Department of Education, updated February 16, 2018. Accessed January 26, 2020.
  14. ^ Master Plan Housing Element & Fair Share Plan, Harding Township, adopted November 17, 2008. Accessed January 29, 2020. "The Harding Township School system is governed by an elected Board of Education comprised of five members, one of whom also serves on the Madison Board of Education, and is administered by a full-time Superintendent. The Harding Township School, located in New Vernon Village, is comprised of an elementary and middle school (kindergarten through eighth grade) with an on-site Principal/Director of Curriculum. Secondary school education for Harding’s children is provided through an agreement with Madison High School."
  15. ^ Board of Education Members, Harding Township School District, updated August 12, 2019. Accessed January 29, 2020.

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