Bridgeport Public Schools, Connecticut
|Bridgeport Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||37|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Sauda Baraka|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Bridgeport Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtFairfield County. Bridgeport is located along the Long Island Sound with the Pequonnock River cutting through the downtown district. The population of Bridgeport was 60,477 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Bridgeport lagged behind the rest of Connecticut based on median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate in 2010. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Bridgeport was $60,032 while the state median income was $69,243. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (21.7%) was lower than the state average (35.7%). The city's poverty rate was 8.2% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The current Superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools is Paul Vallas. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2011. Vallas has served as an administrator for public schools in Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia since 1995.
The Bridgeport Public Schools Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to four-year terms. Members of the Board of Education do not receive compensation for their service.
|Bridgeport Public Schools Board of Education|
|Member||Party||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Andre Baker, Jr.||Democratic||2013||2017|
|Kenneth Moales, Jr.||Democratic||2012||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and four seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Bridgeport Public Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
|“||Meetings of the board of education shall be conducted by the chairperson in a manner consistent with the adopted bylaws of the board and Robert's Rules of Order, or such other body employed by the Board.
Unless otherwise specified and lawfully posed, all board meetings shall commence at 6:30 P.M. and shall be guided by an agenda which has been prepared and delivered in advance to all board members and other designated persons.
The conduct of meetings shall, to the fullest possible extent, enable members of the board to (1) consider problems to be solved, weigh evidence related thereto, and make wise decisions intended to solve the problems, and (2) receive, consider and take any needed action with respect to reports of accomplishment of students or of school system operations.
Provisions for permitting any individual or group to address the board concerning any subject that lies within its jurisdiction shall be as follows:
Bridgeport Public Schools publishes annual budgets on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teacher salaries at Bridgeport Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Bridgeport Education Association for 2013-2014:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers at Bridgeport Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Bridgeport Education Association (BEA). The current President of BEA is Gary Peluchette.
Schools in Bridgeport Public Schools
The district served 20,031 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 3.0% decrease in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Bridgeport Public Schools operates 37 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Bridgeport Public Schools|
|Bassick High School|
|Black Rock School|
|Bridgeport Learning Center|
|Bridgeport Military Academy|
|Bridgeport Regional Vocational Aquaculture School|
|Cesar A. Batalla Elementary School|
|Central High School|
|Classical Studies Academy|
|Columbus Annex at Zion School|
|Fairchild Wheeler Inter-district Magnet High School|
|Geraldine W. Johnson School|
|Harding High School|
|High Horizons Magnet School|
|Jettie S. Tisdale School|
|Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School|
|Luis Munoz Marin School|
|Multicultural Magnet School|
|Park City Magnet School|
|Roosevelt School at South End|
The Connecticut State Department of Education published a Strategic District Profile about Bridgeport Public Schools after the 2011-2012 school year. This profile includes the results of standardized tests used to meet requirements set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) assesses reading, writing and mathematics proficiency levels among students in grades three through eight. The Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) measures proficiency levels in reading, writing, mathematics and science among tenth graders. The following tables compare CMT and CAPT results from Bridgeport Public Schools to state proficiency levels:
|CMT Results, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Subject Area||District Students Meeting Goal (%)||State Students Meeting Goal (%)|
|CAPT Results, 2011-2012|
|Subject Area||District Students Meeting Goal (%)||State Students Meeting Goal (%)|
|Reading Across the Disciplines||8.3||47.5|
|Writing Across the Disciplines||21.4||63.0|
|Transparency grading process|
Last rated on November 5, 2012.
- District budgets are posted.
- Administrative Officials
- Administrative officials are listed with phone numbers.
- Elected Officials
- School board members are listed with contact information.
- Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are posted.
- Academic performance is noted.
- Background Checks
- Background check policy is posted.
- Only two years of budgets are provided.
- Administrative Officials
- Email addresses are not provided.
- Audits are not available.
- Current contracts are not posted.
- Public Records
- No information regarding public records requests.
- Tax information is not available.
- District page
- City of Bridgeport
- Connecticut State Department of Education
- Connecticut Association of Boards of Education
- Bridgeport Education Association
- Connecticut State Department of Education, "Connecticut Education Data and Research," accessed January 8, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Bridgeport," accessed October 24, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 4, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Chicago Sun-Times, "Vallas tapped to be Quinn’s running mate," November 8, 2013
- Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be A School Board Member," accessed January 7, 2014
- Bridgeport Public Schools, "District Policies," accessed January 8, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Bridgeport Public Schools, "Financial Stability," accessed December 10, 2014
- Bridgeport Education Association, "BEA Teachers Contract 2011-2014," December 21, 2010
- Bridgeport Education Association, "Executive Board," accessed January 8, 2014
- Bridgeport Public Schools, "Schools," accessed January 8, 2014
- Connecticut State Department of Education, "Strategic School Profile Reports," accessed January 7, 2014
- Bridgeport Public Schools, "Financial Stability," accessed January 8, 2014
- Bridgeport Public Schools, "2013-2014 Staff Directory," accessed January 8, 2014
- Bridgeport Public Schools, "Board Information," accessed January 8, 2014
- Bridgeport Public Schools, "2013-2014 Board Meeting Dates," accessed January 8, 2014
- Bridgeport Public Schools, "Good Schools Bridgeport," accessed January 8, 2014