Hopewell Valley Regional School District

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Hopewell Valley Regional School District
425 South Main Street
Pennington, NJ 08534
District information
Grades K-12
Superintendent Dr. Thomas A. Smith
Business administrator Robert W. Colavita, Jr.
Schools 6
Students and staff
Enrollment 3,797 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 329.9 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 11.51:1
Other information
District Factor Group I
Website http://www.hvrsd.org
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $22,469 92 $18,891 18.9%
1 Budgetary Cost 17,181 93 14,783 16.2%
2 Classroom Instruction 10,827 98 8,763 23.6%
6 Support Services 2,403 59 2,392 0.5%
8 Administrative Cost 1,455 53 1,485 -2.0%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,999 83 1,783 12.1%
13 Extracurricular Activities 334 86 268 24.6%
16 Median Teacher Salary 75,612 91 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
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The Hopewell Valley Regional School District is a comprehensive regional public school district serving students in preschool through twelfth grade from three communities in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. The municipalities that are part of this district are Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township and Pennington Borough.[3][4]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's six schools had an enrollment of 3,797 students and 329.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.51:1.[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.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2011, the district was named to the College Board's AP Honor Roll. The honor roll consists of the 388 U.S. public school districts that simultaneously achieved increases in access to AP courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rated at which their AP students enarned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.[6]

In 2004, the district was named to the American Music Conference's list of the "Best 100 Communities for Music Education in New Jeresey". The district has been recognized repeatedly for the high-caliber music and performing arts programs it offers.

NAMM named the district in its 2009 survey of the "Best Communities for Music Education", which included 124 school districts nationwide.[7]

The district's high school was the 38th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 322 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2010 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 39th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[8] The magazine took into account factors such as class size, teachers with advanced degrees, and socioeconomic factors.

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[9]) are:[10][11]

Elementary schools
  • Bear Tavern Elementary School[12] (grades PreK-5; 429 students),
  • Hopewell Elementary School[13] (PreK-5; 474),
  • Stony Brook Elementary School[14] (K-5; 418) and
  • Toll Gate Grammar School[15] (K-5; 300)
Middle school
  • Timberlane Middle School[16] with 951 students in grades 6-8
High school

Administration[edit]

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

  • Dr. Thomas A. Smith, Superintendent[19]
  • Robert W. Colavita, Jr., Business Administrator[20]

Board of education[edit]

The Board of Education, who was elected by the Hopewell Valley community, is composed of the following nine-members:[21]

  • Lisa Wolff '15, President
  • Leigh Ann Peterson '15, Vice President
  • Jon Butler '15, Pennington Borough
  • Michael Markulec '16, Hopewell Township
  • Gordon Lewis '13, Hopewell Borough
  • Bruce Gunther '16, Hopewell Township
  • Roy Dollard '14, Hopewell Township
  • Adam Sawicki, Jr. '14, Hopewell Township
  • Laura Desai '14, Hopewell Township

According to Business Practice 9000, the local board of education has full power to operate the local public schools in compliance with state and federal mandates and pertinent to the laws of the municipality. The board functions as a corporate body only when in session.[22]

The board of education sees these as its required functions:

  • Policy Making
  • Provision of Executive Resources
  • Appraisal
  • Educational Planning
  • Financial Resource Provisioning
  • Communication
  • Dispute Resolution

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Hopewell Valley Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Hopewell Valley Regional School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 6, 2016. "Hopewell Valley serves the two boroughs of Pennington and Hopewell and the much larger Hopewell Township, an area of nearly 60 square miles with a population exceeding 20,000. Six schools comprise the district -- four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school."
  4. ^ About, Hopewell Valley Regional High School. Accessed June 6, 2016. "The district, as it functions today, has been a regionalized operation since 1965 when voters of Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough and Pennington Borough approved a plan to consolidate their schools. But the first consolidation of local schools actually occurred in 1894 when the 14 separate districts, operating one-room schoolhouses throughout the valley, agreed to merge and be governed by a single school board."
  5. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 8, 2009.
  6. ^ 2011 AP District of the Year Awards, College Board. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Nationwide Survey Finds the 'Best Communities for Music Education' in U.S.", NAMM, April 16, 2009. Accessed November 13, 2009.
  8. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 2, 2011.
  9. ^ School Data for the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  10. ^ Hopewell Valley Schools, Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  11. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  12. ^ Bear Tavern Elementary School, Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  13. ^ Hopewell Elementary School, Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  14. ^ Stony Brook Elementary School, Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  15. ^ Toll Gate Grammar School, Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  16. ^ Timberlane Middle School, Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  17. ^ Hopewell Valey Central High School, Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  18. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Mercer County Archived 2014-08-26 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  19. ^ Office of the Superintendent, Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  20. ^ Business Office, Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  21. ^ Board Members, Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Accessed September 1, 2014.
  22. ^ Business Practice 9000, Hopewell Valley Regional School District. Accessed September 1, 2014.

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