Woodbridge Township School District

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Woodbridge Township School District
School Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
District information
Grades K-12
Superintendent Dr. Robert Zega
Business administrator Brian Wolferman
Schools 24
Students and staff
Enrollment 13,109 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Faculty 1,029.2 FTEs
Student-teacher ratio 12.74:1
Other information
District Factor Group DE
Website http://www.woodbridge.k12.nj.us
Ind. Per pupil District
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
 %± vs.
average
1A Total Spending $15,989 14 $18,891 -15.4%
1 Budgetary Cost 12,959 23 14,783 -12.3%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,186 28 8,763 -6.6%
6 Support Services 1,859 24 2,392 -22.3%
8 Administrative Cost 1,453 52 1,485 -2.2%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,143 8 1,783 -35.9%
13 Extracurricular Activities 206 35 268 -23.1%
16 Median Teacher Salary 69,270 76 64,043
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

The Woodbridge Township School District is a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade from Woodbridge Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. All schools are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 24 schools had an enrollment of 13,109 students and 1,029.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.74:1.[1] The high schools offer more than 150 courses, including Advanced Placement, college preparatory, business, vocational and cooperative work/study programs.

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.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

During the 2008-09 school year, Kennedy Park School #24 was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[4] the highest award an American school can receive.[5][6] Lynn Crest School was recognized as a "Blue Ribbon" School during the 2009-10 school year.[7]

For the 2005-06 school year, the district was recognized with the "Best Practices Award" by the New Jersey Department of Education for its "Blooming Buddies-The Garden Club" Science program at Matthew Jago Elementary School.[8]

For the 2004-05 school year, Matthew Jago Elementary School was named a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve.[9]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district (with 2013-14 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[10]) are:[11]

Elementary schools (K-5)[12]
  • Mawbey Street School #1[13] (373) (built 1962)
  • Avenel Street School #4&5[14] (479) (built 1912)
  • Port Reading School #9[15] (420) (built 1962)
  • Ross Street School #11[16] (438) (built 1920)
  • Ford Avenue School #14[17] (225) (built 1924)
  • Indiana Avenue School #18[18] (542) (built 1955)
  • Menlo Park Terrace #19[19] (359) (built 1958)
  • Claremont Avenue School #20[20] (322) (built 1958)
  • Oak Ridge Heights School #21[21] (296) (built 1959)
  • Lynn Crest School #22[22] (331) (built 1959)
  • Woodbine Avenue School #23[23] (478) (built 1960)
  • Kennedy Park School #24[24] (418) (built 1960)
  • Lafayette Estates School #25[25] (554) (built 1960)
  • Robert Mascenik School #26[26] (285) (built 1960)
  • Pennsylvania Avenue School #27[27] (281) (built 1964)
  • Matthew Jago School #28[28] (411) (built 1969)
Middle schools (6-8)[29]
  • Avenel Middle School[30] (632)
  • Colonia Middle School[31] (633)
  • Fords Middle School[32] (694)
  • Iselin Middle School[33] (684)
  • Woodbridge Middle School[34] (432)
High schools (9-12)[35]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the district's administration are:[39][40]

  • Dr. Robert Zega, Superintendent
  • Brian Wolferman, Business Administrator / Board Secretary

Controversy[edit]

Lois Rotella, former Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, suddenly left her position in early August 2012. No one is saying why she left her position so suddenly; however, "the district has been notoriously tight-lipped about matters since various schools have been under investigation by the State Board of Education's Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance...because of a high number of wrong-to-right erasures on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) standardized tests."[41]

In recent years, it was found out that Ford Avenue School #14 principal Cathie Bedosky was encouraging students to cheat on the NJASK standardized test. She also poorly trained test proctors, and hired unqualified people to administer the test. She was later suspended by vote at the Woodbridge Board of Education.[42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b District information for Woodbridge Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 9, 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 November 8, 2014.
  4. ^ U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program: 2008 Schools, United States Department of Education. Accessed September 23, 2008.
  5. ^ "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department", Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  6. ^ "Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test", The Washington Post. September 29, 2005. "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  7. ^ 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Private, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 27, 2011.
  8. ^ New Jersey Department of Education Best Practices Award recipient for 2005-06, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 23, 2006.
  9. ^ Star School Award recipients, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 23, 2006.
  10. ^ School Data for the Woodbridge Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 7, 2014.
  11. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Woodbridge Township School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  12. ^ Elementary Schools, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  13. ^ Mawbey Street School #1, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  14. ^ Avenel Street School #4&5, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  15. ^ Port Reading School #9, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  16. ^ Ross Street School #11, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  17. ^ Ford Avenue School #14, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  18. ^ Indiana Avenue School #18, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  19. ^ Menlo Park Terrace #19, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  20. ^ Claremont Avenue School #20, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  21. ^ Oak Ridge Heights School #21, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  22. ^ Lynn Crest School #22, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  23. ^ Woodbine Avenue School #23, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  24. ^ Kennedy Park School #24, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  25. ^ Lafayette Estates School #25, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  26. ^ Robert Mascenik School #26, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  27. ^ Pennsylvania Avenue School #27, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  28. ^ Matthew Jago School #28, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  29. ^ Middle Schools, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  30. ^ Avenel Middle School, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  31. ^ Colonia Middle School, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  32. ^ Fords Middle School, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  33. ^ Iselin Middle School, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  34. ^ Woodbridge Middle School, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  35. ^ High Schools, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  36. ^ Colonia High School, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  37. ^ Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  38. ^ Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  39. ^ Central Administration, Woodbridge Township School District. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  40. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Middlesex County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 8, 2014.
  41. ^ Mystery Surrounds Woodbridge Assistant School Superintendent's Departure, Woodbridge Patch. August 3, 2012.
  42. ^ "Woodbridge school principal encouraged cheating on standardized test, state says". NJ.com. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 

External links[edit]

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