Long Beach Island Consolidated School District

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Long Beach Island Consolidated School District
200 Barnegat Avenue
Surf City, NJ 08008
District information
Grades PreK-6
Superintendent Dr. Peter J. Kopack
Business administrator Megan C. Gally
Schools 2
Students and staff
Enrollment 456 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Faculty 28.3 FTEs[1]
Student-teacher ratio 16.1:1[1]
Other information
District Factor Group FG
Website http://www.lbischools.org
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-6
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $23,943 55 $18,891 26.7%
1 Budgetary Cost 22,754 58 13,649 66.7%
2 Classroom Instruction 12,782 57 8,366 52.8%
6 Support Services 3,986 56 2,161 84.5%
8 Administrative Cost 1,839 44 1,467 25.4%
10 Operations & Maintenance 3,679 59 1,552 137.0%
13 Extracurricular Activities 14 9 39 -64.1%
16 Median Teacher Salary 64,081 50 57,437
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-6 districts with any number of students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=59

The Long Beach Island Consolidated School District is a regional consolidated public school district which serves students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade from five communities bordering the Atlantic Ocean on Long Beach Island, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. Communities served by the district are Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom and Surf City.[3][4]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its two schools had an enrollment of 456 students and 28.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.1:1.[1]

The district's Board of education consists of a total of nine members from the constituent municipalities.[5]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "FG", the fourth-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.[6]

As part of an effort to reduce costs associated with multiple aging facilities, the district announced in 2016 that it was considering closing the Long Beach Island Grade School and consolidating all students at Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School. The plan would require a $16 million bond to cover the costs of expanding and upgrading Jacobsen School to add two new wings, which would add about $50 per year in property taxes for the average homeowner, excluding any contribution from state aid or revenue from the sale of the old building.[7][8]

Students in public school for seventh through twelfth grades attend the Southern Regional School District, which serves the five municipalities in the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District, along with students from Beach Haven and Stafford Township, as well as students from Ocean Township (including its Waretown section) who attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[3][9] Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[10]) are Southern Regional Middle School[11] (grades 7 and 8; 937 students) and Southern Regional High School[12] (grades 9 – 12; 2,064 students).[13] Both schools are in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township.

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[14]) are:[15]

  • Ethel Jacobsen School[16] in Surf City with 110 students in pre-kindergarten to second grade
    • Frank Birney, Principal
  • Long Beach Island Grade School[17] in Ship Bottom with 122 students in grades 3 – 6
    • Dr. Peter J. Kopack, Principal

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[5][18]

  • Dr. Peter J. Kopack, Superintendent[19]
  • Megan C. Gally, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d District information for Long Beach Island Consolidated 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. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 212.
  4. ^ LAN Associates. Study of School Consolidation Long Beach Island, New Jersey, Long Beach Island Consolidated School District, January 21, 2011. Accessed September 25, 2013. "The Long Beach Island Consolidated School District serves the needs of the citizens of Long Beach Island including the communities of Barnegat Light Borough, Long Beach Township, Harvey Cedars Borough, Surf City Borough, and Ship Bottom Borough. The remaining community of Beach Haven at the south end of the island currently has its own school. The Long Beach Island Consolidated Schools serve children from the age of pre-school through sixth grade after which the students attend Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin."
  5. ^ a b Board of Education, Long Beach Island Consolidated School District. Accessed January 30, 2017.
  6. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 9, 2014.
  7. ^ Ogelsby, Amanda. "4 things to know: LBI school consolidation", Asbury Park Press, August 3, 2016. Accessed January 31, 2017. "The Long Beach Island School District plans to close and sell the Long Beach Island Grade School and move its students into the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School in order to cut building maintenance, staff and transportation costs."
  8. ^ School Consolidation, Long Beach Island Consolidated School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  9. ^ Southern Regional High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 2, 2016. "Located in Manahawkin, the Southern Regional School District draws from the constituent districts of Long Beach Township, Beach Haven, Surf City, Ship Bottom, Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars and Stafford Township, as well as the tuition sending district of Ocean Township (Waretown).
  10. ^ School Data for the Southern Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016.
  11. ^ Southern Regional Middle School, Southern Regional School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  12. ^ Southern Regional High School, Southern Regional School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  13. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Southern Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  14. ^ School Data for the Long Beach Island School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016.
  15. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  16. ^ Ethel Jacobsen School, Long Beach Island Consolidated School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  17. ^ Long Beach Island Grade School, Long Beach Island Consolidated School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  18. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Ocean County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  19. ^ Superintendent, Long Beach Island Consolidated School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  20. ^ Business Administrator, Long Beach Island Consolidated School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°39′30″N 74°10′29″W / 39.658251°N 74.174793°W / 39.658251; -74.174793