New Providence School District

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New Providence School District
356 Elkwood Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974
District information
Grades K-12
Superintendent Dr. David M. Miceli
Business administrator James E. Testa
Schools 4
Students and staff
Enrollment 2,265 (as of 2012-13)[1]
Faculty 171.3 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 13.22:1
Other information
District Factor Group I
Website http://www.npsd.k12.nj.us
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $16,772 21 $18,891 -11.2%
1 Budgetary Cost 13,165 23 14,783 -10.9%
2 Classroom Instruction 7,983 28 8,763 -8.9%
6 Support Services 1,933 25 2,392 -19.2%
8 Administrative Cost 1,550 37 1,485 4.4%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,221 6 1,783 -31.5%
13 Extracurricular Activities 449 49 268 67.5%
16 Median Teacher Salary 66,376 47 64,043
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-12 districts with 1,800-3,500 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=68

The New Providence School District is a comprehensive community public school district serving students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade in New Providence in Union County, New Jersey, United States. Students from the unincorporated community of Murray Hill within the borough attend the New Providence school facilities.

As of the 2012-13 school year, the district's four schools had an enrollment of 2,265 students and 171.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.22:1.[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.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

During the 2007-08 school year, New Providence Middle School was recognized with the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[4] the highest award an American school can receive.[5][6]

The district was selected as one of the top "100 Best Communities for Music Education in America 2005" by the American Music Conference.[7]

The district's high school was the top-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 5th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[8]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2012-13 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[9]) are:[10]

Elementary schools
  • Allen W. Roberts Elementary School[11] (grades PreK-6; 642 students)
    • Gina M. Hansen - Principal
  • Salt Brook Elementary School[12] (K-6; 655)
    • Jeannie Maier - Principal
Middle school
  • New Providence Middle School[13] (7&8; 356)
    • Jay Richter - Principal
High school

The middle school and high school share the same building and some of the same facilities (art rooms, auditorium, east wing, west wing, gyms, music rooms, TV production room, cafeteria). A construction project add a new gym and classrooms.

School design[edit]

Allen W. Roberts School, built in 1962, was created in the style of a California high school; this means that students would have to venture outside in order to switch classes, go to the nurse, use the gym facility, etc. Unfortunately, the area does not have a climate that is ideal for this type of construction; most notably a wet and rainy fall, and occasional severe winters. In the early 1990s, a construction project was undertaken to transform the school from this style to be fully enclosed. Just recently, the open structure that connected the main building to the secondary building was closed with the addition of new classrooms.

Population and expansion crisis[edit]

New Providence used to have another elementary school, Hillview. Hillview was being leased to a local child care provider, since student populations in the 1980s and 1990s did not necessitate a third elementary school. In the early 1990s, it was determined that it was no longer necessary to keep this school. Moreover, it was felt that the cost to modernize the school, mostly in HVAC infrastructure and asbestos removal, was too costly and would not be worth the fund allocation. In an effort spearheaded by then Superintendent Geoffrey Gordon, Hillview was sold to private and public interests: a YMCA currently operates there, as does the Morris-Union Jointure Commission. Right after the Hillview sale, 7th and 8th grade instruction was moved from the elementary schools to the high school, due to rising student populations in the lower grades. During the first few years of this facility merger, the high school population was low enough that they could effectively share facilities but did not have a need to share classrooms. However, school populations readily increased and both the middle and high schools saw the need for extra classrooms. Moreover, during the years of 1997-1998, the school population started to explode at the Kindergarten and first-grade levels, indicating that there would be a future need for expanded facilities.

The district and town recognized the need for expanded facilities. In 1998 the Board of Education floated bonds to pay for several construction efforts. Four new classrooms were added in 1998. A new television studio and music room was added in 2001. In 2003, a new gym was built and the cafeteria was expanded. These construction projects would not have been necessary if the town had retained its Hillview facility, causing some residents to consider the wisdom of selling the facility in the first place. The critics' main concern is the perceivable lack of long-term considerations. Currently, the owners of Hillview have no desire to sell the facility back to the borough. Hillview can be seen here. As of September 27, 2005 a $10 million bond was passed by referendum for additional school construction. Geoffrey Gordon has since moved to another school district in New York State as superintendent.

Administration[edit]

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

  • Dr. David M. Miceli, Superintendent
  • James E. Testa, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for New Providence School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 18, 2015.
  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. ^ No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools Program: 2007 Schools, United States Department of Education. Accessed March 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department", Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  6. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post, September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  7. ^ Best 100 (101!) Communities for Music Education in America, 2005, accessed December 12, 2006
  8. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed November 8, 2012.
  9. ^ School Data for the New Providence School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 18, 2015.
  10. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the New Providence School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 18, 2015.
  11. ^ Allen W. Roberts Elementary School, New Providence School District. Accessed March 18, 2015.
  12. ^ Salt Brook Elementary School, New Providence School District. Accessed March 18, 2015.
  13. ^ New Providence Middle School, New Providence School District. Accessed March 18, 2015.
  14. ^ New Providence High School, New Providence School District. Accessed March 18, 2015.
  15. ^ Board of Education, New Providence School District. Accessed March 18, 2015.
  16. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Union County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 18, 2015.

External links[edit]

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