School District of the Chathams

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School District of the Chathams
58 Meyersville Road
Chatham, NJ 07928
District information
Grades PreK-12
Superintendent Michael LaSusa
Business administrator Peter Daquila
Schools 6
Students and staff
Enrollment 4,057 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 270.5 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 15.00:1
Other information
District Factor Group J
Website http://www.chatham-nj.org/
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
%± vs.
average
1ATotal Spending$16,03716$18,891-15.1%
1Budgetary Cost12,9542114,783-12.4%
2Classroom Instruction7,590118,763-13.4%
6Support Services2,004332,392-16.2%
8Administrative Cost1,512621,4851.8%
10Operations & Maintenance1,519391,783-14.8%
13Extracurricular Activities3187826818.7%
16Median Teacher Salary64,1254964,043
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
Chatham Middle School

The School District of the Chathams is a regional public school district serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from Chatham Borough and Chatham Township in Morris County, New Jersey.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's six schools had an enrollment of 4,057 students and 270.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.00:1.[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.[3]

Elections were held in both municipalities in November 1986 to consider joining the disparate school systems of the two communities into a combined regional district. This proposal was supported by the voters and since then, the two municipalities have shared a regionalized school district.[4]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

For the 2004-05 school year, Chatham High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[5] the highest award an American school can receive. Milton Avenue School was one of 11 in the state to be recognized in 2014 by the United States Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.[6][7] In 2015, Southern Boulevard School was one of 15 schools in New Jersey, and one of nine public schools, recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in the exemplary high performing category.[8][9]

The district's high school was the 1st-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[10] The school had been ranked 20th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 8th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[11]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[12]) are:[13][14]

Elementary schools
  • Milton Avenue School[15] (grades PreK - 3; 371 students)
    • Nicholas Andreazza
  • Southern Boulevard School[16] (K - 3; 491)
  • Washington Avenue School[17] (K - 3; 448)
    • Mary P. Quigley, Principal
  • Lafayette School[18] (4 & 5; 641)
    • Cheryl Caggiano, Principal
Middle school
  • Chatham Middle School[19] (6 - 8; 961)
    • Jill Gihorski, Principal
High school

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[21][22]

  • Michael LaSusa, Superintendent
  • Peter Daquila, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for School District of the Chathams, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 27, 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 September 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Padawer, Ruth. "Side By Side: Thirty years ago, Chatham Township was fighting—literally—for respect from Chatham Borough. Now it finishes first among the state's 566 municipalities in our biannual ranking. The Borough's response? 'Way to go!'", New Jersey Monthly, February 19, 2008. Accessed September 27, 2014. "The high schools had to scramble to offer the Advanced Placement classes and electives that the new era required. Kids from one school would go to the other for particular classes, as if it were an extension of the same campus. By 1986, after a contentious vote in both towns, the two districts merged."
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982 Through 2013, United States Department of Education. Accessed September 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Goldman, Jeff. "Which N.J. schools were named to national 'Blue Ribbon' list?", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 2, 2014. Accessed December 31, 2014. "Eleven New Jersey schools have been named to the annual National Blue Ribbon list, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday."
  7. ^ 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Private, United States Department of Education. Accessed December 31, 2014.
  8. ^ 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Private, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Accessed November 14, 2016.
  9. ^ Mueller, Mark. "Which N.J. schools were named National Blue Ribbon schools?", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, September 29, 2015. Accessed November 14, 2016. "Fifteen New Jersey schools have been recognized by the federal government as National Blue Ribbon Schools, a designation that celebrates excellence in academics or progress in closing the achievement gap among groups of students.... Each of the 15 New Jersey schools was chosen for the 'exemplary high performing' category, which weighs state or national tests, high school graduation rates and the performance of subgroups of students, such as those who are economically disadvantaged."
  10. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  11. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 23, 2012.
  12. ^ School Data for the School District of the Chathams, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 27, 2014.
  13. ^ Schools Directory Archived 2014-09-15 at the Wayback Machine., School District of the Chathams. Accessed September 27, 2014.
  14. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the School District of the Chathams, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  15. ^ Milton Avenue School, School District of the Chathams. Accessed September 18, 2015.
  16. ^ Southern Boulevard School, School District of the Chathams. Accessed September 27, 2014.
  17. ^ Washington Avenue School, School District of the Chathams. Accessed September 27, 2014.
  18. ^ Lafayette School, School District of the Chathams. Accessed September 27, 2014.
  19. ^ Chatham Middle School, School District of the Chathams. Accessed September 27, 2014.
  20. ^ Chatham High School, School District of the Chathams. Accessed September 27, 2014.
  21. ^ Central Office Administration, School District of the Chathams. Accessed September 27, 2014.
  22. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Morris County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°42′16″N 74°26′06″W / 40.704328°N 74.434922°W / 40.704328; -74.434922