Rutherford School District

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Rutherford School District
176 Park Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
District information
Grades K-12
Superintendent Jack Hurley
Business administrator Joseph Kelly
Schools 5
Students and staff
Enrollment 2,480 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 194.5 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 12.75:1
Other information
District Factor Group GH
Website www.rutherfordschools.org
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $17,477 25 $18,891 -7.5%
1 Budgetary Cost 13,152 21 14,783 -11.0%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,052 32 8,763 -8.1%
6 Support Services 1,708 10 2,392 -28.6%
8 Administrative Cost 1,522 34 1,485 2.5%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,577 31 1,783 -11.6%
13 Extracurricular Activities 277 9 268 3.4%
16 Median Teacher Salary 67,214 49 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 Rutherford School District is a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade from Rutherford, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's five schools had an enrollment of 2,480 students and 194.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), making for a student–teacher ratio of 12.75:1.[1]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "GH", the third-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]

History[edit]

Public education began in Rutherford prior to 1900, but the oldest permanent school structure was the Park School, built in 1902. It is currently the home of the Rutherford borough hall, on Park Avenue.

Rutherford formerly had three "neighborhood" schools for grades K-5 (Washington, Lincoln, and Sylvan) which fed into two "magnet" schools for 6-8 (Union and Pierrepont). The magnet schools also served as elementary schools for their neighborhoods. Since the 2005-2006 school year, the Rutherford Schools have changed this format.

Sylvan School has since been closed by the Rutherford Board of Education; it houses YMCA Programs, the District Special Services Department, as well as a Handicapped Pre-School Program run by the South Bergen Jointure Commission.

Rutherford now has two elementary schools, Washington and Lincoln, for grades K-3. In grades 4-8 the students attend Union and Pierrepont Schools. For years before the realignment, the Rutherford School System underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, which effected all of its buildings, with the most substantial amount of work taking place at Washington, Lincoln and Union Schools.

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[4]) are:[5]

Elementary schools (K-3)
  • Lincoln School[6] (371 students)
    • Jeanna Velechko, Principal
  • Washington School[7] (346)
    • William Mulcahy, Principal
Elementary schools (4-6)
  • Pierrepont School[8] (508)
    • Joan Carrion, Principal[9]
    • Damon Placenti, Assistant Principal
Middle school (7-8)
  • Union School[10] (497)
    • Kurt Schweitzer, Principal
    • Charles Ryan, Assistant Principal
High school (9-12)
  • Rutherford High School[11] (758), built in 1922 and expanded in 1959 and 2005
    • Frank Morano, Principal
    • Billy Cunningham, Assistant Principal

Administration[edit]

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

  • Jack Hurley, Superintendent[13]
  • Joseph Kelly, Business Administrator / Board Secretary[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Rutherford School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 10, 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. ^ School Data for the Rutherford School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 10, 2014.
  5. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Rutherford School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 10, 2014.
  6. ^ Lincoln School, Rutherford School District. Accessed June 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Washington School, Rutherford School District. Accessed June 10, 2014.
  8. ^ Pierrepont School, Rutherford School District. Accessed June 10, 2014.
  9. ^ Pierrepont School / Staff Directory, Rutherford Public Schools. Accessed June 10, 2014.
  10. ^ Union School, Rutherford School District. Accessed January 12, 2017.
  11. ^ Rutherford High School, Rutherford School District. Accessed June 10, 2014.
  12. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Bergen County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 10, 2014.
  13. ^ Office of the Superintendent, Rutherford Public Schools. Accessed August 10, 2014.
  14. ^ Business Office, Rutherford Public Schools. Accessed June 10, 2014.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°49′32″N 74°06′31″W / 40.825688°N 74.108637°W / 40.825688; -74.108637