Somerville Public Schools
|Somerville Public Schools|
|51 West Cliff Street|
Somerville, NJ 08876
|Business administrator||Bryan P. Boyce|
|Students and staff|
|Enrollment||1,690 (as of 2014-15)|
|District Factor Group||FG|
The Somerville Public Schools are a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from Somerville, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States.
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.
The sending / receiving relationship between Branchburg and Somerville was formalized in a 1956 agreement between the two districts, though Branchburg students had attended Somerville High School before that time. In 1970, the Somerville district determined that rising enrollments meant that it would no longer be able to include students from Branchburg and set 1975 as the end date for the sending relationship. Branchburg started the process of acquiring a 76-acre (31 ha) site for its own high school that could accommodate up to 950 students.
In May 1971, Somerville reconsidered its planned termination of the sending arrangement and informed Branchburg that its students would still be welcome in Somerville even after the planned 1975 date. Despite the failure of a referendum to pay for a new Branchburg high school, the Branchburg district decided that it wanted to terminate the relationship, even after Somerville had reconsidered its decision. Branchburg filed a petition in 1975 with the New Jersey Department of Education seeking to terminate the send/receive agreement.
Based on a report by the hearing examiner released in 1977, Commissioner of Education Fred G. Burke issued a 1978 decision that the petition be rejected based on the ability of Somerville to serve students from Branchburg with a quality high school education, the financial impact of higher per-pupil costs to both municipalities and the creation of greater racial imbalance in the Somerville district. The State Board of Education agreed with the Commissioner's decision and Branchburg's appeal to the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division was rejected in a 1980 decision.
Awards and recognition
Somerville Public Schools was voted one of the "100 Top Schools in Towns You Can Afford" in the January 1996 issue of Money magazine. Somerville High School was ranked as one of the "Top 75 Public High Schools" by New Jersey Monthly magazine in its September 1996 issue.
- Elementary school
- Van Derveer Elementary School (PreK-5; 913 students)
- Susan C. Haynes, Principal
- Middle school
- Somerville Middle School (6-8; 349)
- Georgette Boulegeris, Principal
- High school
- Timothy Teehan, Superintendent
- Bryan P. Boyce, Business Administrator / Board Secretary
- District information for Somerville Public School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016.
- Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
- NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed February 3, 2015.
- Somerset County School Districts-Sending/Receiving/Regional, Somerset County Superintendent of Schools. Accessed August 4, 2017. "Branchburg K-8 Grades 9-12 Sent To Somerville"
- Somerville Public School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 4, 2017. "Somerville Public Schools provides a full range of educational services for students in preschool through grade 12 residing in Somerville Borough, and grades 9 through 12 for students residing in Branchburg Township."
- Branchburg Tp. Bd. Ed. v. Borough of Somerville Bd. Ed., Justia. Accessed December 5, 2017.
- Weischadle, David E. "Can Consolidation Help Our Schools?", The New York Times, April 1, 1979. Accessed December 5, 2017. "Last year, the Somerset County community of Branchburg sought to stop sending its high‐school students to the nearby Somerville district in order to build its own high school. Reminiscent of the Morris Township‐Morristown crisis of the early 1970's, the Branchburg request was denied last fall by Dr. Fred G. Burke, the state's Commissioner of Education. The denial was based partly on the fact that two small high schools would, have resulted."
- "100 Top Schools In Towns You Can Afford You Don't Have To Move To A Wealthy Suburb To Find Topnotch Public Education. Our Survey Spotlights High-Quality School Districts Where House Prices Are Still Reasonable", Money magazine, January 1, 1996.
- Streib, Lauren; and Yarett, Ian. "America's Best High Schools 2012", The Daily Beast, May 20, 2012. Accessed July 18, 2012.
- School Data for the Somerville Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016.
- 2016-2017 Somerset County Public School Directory, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed May 19, 2017.
- New Jersey School Directory for the Somerville Public Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
- Van Derveer Elementary School, Somerville Public Schools. Accessed August 4, 2017.
- Somerville Middle School, Somerville Public Schools. Accessed August 4, 2017.
- Somerville High School, Somerville Public Schools. Accessed August 4, 2017.
- Administrative Headquarters Directory, Somerville Public School District. Accessed December 5, 2017.
- New Jersey School Directory for Somerset County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.