Stafford Township School District

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Stafford Township School District
775 East Bay Avenue
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
District information
Grades pre-K to 6
Superintendent George Chidiac
Business administrator Enrico D. Siano
Schools 5
Students and staff
Enrollment 4,575 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Faculty 177.5 FTEs[1]
Student-teacher ratio 25.8:1[1]
Other information
District Factor Group DE
Website www.staffordschools.org
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-6
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $18,807 40 $18,891 -0.4%
1 Budgetary Cost 14,090 28 13,649 3.2%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,325 20 8,366 -0.5%
6 Support Services 2,511 39 2,161 16.2%
8 Administrative Cost 1,335 15 1,467 -9.0%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,752 39 1,552 12.9%
16 Median Teacher Salary 56,033 26 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 Stafford Township School District is a community public school district that serves students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade from Stafford Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States.

The district participates in the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program at South Harrison Township Elementary School, having been approved in July 2002 to participate in the program.[3] Seats in the program for non-resident students are specified by the district and are allocated by lottery, with tuition paid for participating students by the New Jersey Department of Education.[4]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its five schools had an enrollment of 4,575 students and 177.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 25.8:1.[1]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "DE", the fifth-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.[5]

For seventh through twelfth grades, public school students are served by the Southern Regional School District, which serves the five municipalities in the Long Beach Island Consolidated School DistrictBarnegat Light, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom and Surf City — along with students from Beach Haven and Stafford Township, together with students from Ocean Township who attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Ocean Township School District.[6] Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[7]) are Southern Regional Middle School[8] (grades 7 and 8; 937 students) and Southern Regional High School[9] (grades 9 – 12; 2,064 students).[10] Both schools are in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township.

At the time of its founding in 1957, the Southern Regional School District had a roughly equal number of students from Long Beach Island and Stafford Township. By 2016, the overwhelming majority of students were from Stafford Township, accounting for nearly 90% of enrollment. These demographic changes have led to significant discrepancies in the cost per pupil sent to the district from each community, with Harvey Cedars and Long Beach Township paying more than $200,000 per pupil, while Stafford Township's costs are $3,600 for each student. These widely different costs result from a formula that uses the taxable property value in each municipality to apportion costs, which means that municipalities with relatively high property values and small numbers of students pay a higher share of total district costs. Some residents of Long Beach Island communities are seeking to amend the formula to take advantage of a 1993 law that allows districts to use both property value and enrollment to allocate property taxes, though that would require passage of referendums in each municipality.[11]

Also located in Manahawkin is the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science. It is located within a quarter mile of Southern Regional High School. MATES is a comprehensive and challenging career high school. It is part of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School.

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[12]) are:[13][14]

Preschool
  • Oxycocus School[15] (170 students; pre-kindergarten)
  • Ronald L. Meinders Primary Learning Center[16] (283 students; kindergarten)
    • Lori Coyne, Principal
Elementary schools
  • Ocean Acres Elementary School[17] (542 students, grades 1 and 2)
    • Susan D'Alessandro, Principal
  • McKinley Avenue Elementary School[18] (592 students, grades 3 and 4)
    • Margaret Hoffman, Principal
Intermediate school
  • Stafford Intermediate School[19] (647 students; grades 5 and 6; 726)
    • William Wilkinson, Principal

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[13][20]

  • George Chidiac, Superintendent
  • Enrico D. Siano, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d District information for Stafford Township 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. ^ Interdistrict Public School Choice Program: Approved Choice Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 19, 2008.
  4. ^ Interdistrict Public School Choice Program: Introduction, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 19, 2008.
  5. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed January 25, 2015.
  6. ^ 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).
  7. ^ School Data for the Southern Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016.
  8. ^ Southern Regional Middle School, Southern Regional School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  9. ^ Southern Regional High School, Southern Regional School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  10. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Southern Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  11. ^ Brody, Leslie. "Regional Schools’ Uneven Per-Pupil Costs Get Scrutiny; In some areas of New Jersey, towns pay far more than others, per student, for the same education", The Wall Street Journal, February 1, 2016. Accessed January 31, 2017. "Back when the Southern Regional district opened in 1957, there were almost as many students from Long Beach Island as Stafford. 'I don’t think anybody saw the demographics would change as drastically as they did,' Mr. Henry says. Now 263 students from Long Beach Island attend the district for grades seven through 12, along with 2,263 from Stafford, according to data the state uses to calculate payments."
  12. ^ School Data for the Stafford Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016.
  13. ^ a b 2016-2017 Parent / Student Handbook, Stafford Township School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  14. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Stafford Township School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  15. ^ Oxycocus School, Stafford Township School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  16. ^ Ronald L. Meinders Primary Learning Center, Stafford Township School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  17. ^ Ocean Acres Elementary School, Stafford Township School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  18. ^ McKinley Avenue Elementary School, Stafford Township School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  19. ^ Stafford Intermediate School, Stafford Township School District. Accessed January 31, 2017.
  20. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Ocean County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.

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Coordinates: 39°41′00″N 74°13′59″W / 39.683342°N 74.233088°W / 39.683342; -74.233088