Union County Vocational Technical Schools

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Union County Vocational Technical Schools
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
United States
Coordinates40°37′08″N 74°21′30″W / 40.618771°N 74.358213°W / 40.618771; -74.358213Coordinates: 40°37′08″N 74°21′30″W / 40.618771°N 74.358213°W / 40.618771; -74.358213
District information
SuperintendentGwendolyn Ryan
Business administratorJanet Behrmann
Students and staff
Enrollment1,359 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Faculty130.3 FTEs[1]
Student–teacher ratio10.4:1[1]
Other information
District Factor GroupNA
Ind. Per pupil District
%± vs.
1ATotal Spending$18,0316$18,891−4.6%
1Budgetary Cost11,723217,296−32.2%
2Classroom Instruction7,12549,045−21.2%
6Support Services69412,269−69.4%
8Administrative Cost1,50942,353−35.9%
10Operations & Maintenance2,10743,014−30.1%
13Extracurricular Activities1324464−71.6%
16Median Teacher Salary59,501765,035
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of Vocational districts with any number of students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=21

The Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS) are a grouping of schools on the Union County Vocational Technical Schools Campus in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, United States, which offers six potential programs for students across Union County, five at the high school level for students in ninth through twelfth grades and one at the adult education level. The high school level programs are separated into two groups, full-time students and shared-time students; and the full-time programs are further subdivided into the vocational program and career academies.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its five schools had an enrollment of 1,359 students and 130.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.4:1.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Union County Magnet High School was recognized by Governor Jim McGreevey in 2003 as one of 25 schools selected statewide for the First Annual Governor's School of Excellence award.[3]

In 2016, the Academy for Performing Arts was one of ten schools in New Jersey, and one of two high school programs in the state, recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.[4] The Academy for Allied Health Sciences was one of nine public schools—and the only public high school—recognized in 2017 as Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.[5]

In 2021, the Academy for Information Technology (AIT) was given the Blue Ribbon School award by the U.S. Department of Education.

2015 pink slipping of teachers[edit]

On April 27, 2015, a group of 43 non-tenured teachers at the Union County Vocational Technical Schools were given non-renewal notices. Students staged protests to show support for the non-tenured teachers. On April 30, about 90 percent of district students wore red T-shirts in support of their teachers. On May 1, the students staged a sit-in before the start of classes. Students planned this sit-in to avoid breaking any school rules. The students planned to appear at the May 4 Board of Education meeting in support of their teachers.[6]

High school level programs[edit]

Full-time UCVTS programs

Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[7]) are:[8]

Shared-time UCVTS programs
  • The Union County Vocational-Technical School
    • Lisa Tauscher, Principal of Special Education & Shared-Time Programs

Adult-level programs[edit]

  • The Union County Adult High School[14]
    • Lisa Tauscher, Principal


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

  • Gwendolyn Ryan, Superintendent
  • Janet Behrmann, Business Administrator / Board Secretary


An intramural program is provided for after school physical activity. For official sports recognized by the NJSIAA, students participate on their home high schools' teams.


  1. ^ a b c d District information for Union County Vocational-Technical School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016. Note that enrollment date was calculated as sum of enrollment for each individual school, with ratio recalculated accordingly.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ McGreevey Celebrates Schools that are "Getting it Right": Schools of Excellence Winners Demonstrate Effectiveness of Governor's Education Priorities Archived 2012-10-18 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey Department of Education press release dated November 21, 2003. Accessed December 15, 2009.
  4. ^ 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Non‐Public, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Accessed November 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Nine New Jersey Public Schools Earn National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education", New Jersey Department of Education, September 28, 2017. Accessed October 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Lannan, Katie. "Union County vo-tech students protest in support of teachers", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 1, 2015. Accessed November 13, 2016.
  7. ^ Data for the Union County Vocational Technical Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016.
  8. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Union County Vocational Technical Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Home Page, Academy for Allied Health Sciences. Accessed March 10, 2015.
  10. ^ Home Page, Academy for Information Technology. Accessed March 10, 2015.
  11. ^ Home Page, Academy for Performing Arts. Accessed March 10, 2015.
  12. ^ Home Page, Union County Magnet High School. Accessed March 10, 2015.
  13. ^ Home Page, Union County Vocational-Technical High School. Accessed March 10, 2015.
  14. ^ Home Page, UCVTS Adult Education. Accessed March 10, 2015.
  15. ^ General Information, Union County Vocational Technical Schools. Accessed August 5, 2017.
  16. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Union County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.

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