Bridgeport Public Schools, Connecticut

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Bridgeport Public Schools
Bridgeport, Connecticut
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District Profile
Superintendent:Paul Vallas
Graduation rate:60.5%
Number of schools:37
Budget: $230.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Sauda Baraka
Board members:9
Term length:4
Bridgeport Public Schools is a school district in Connecticut that served 20,031 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] This district is the second largest by enrollment in the state of Connecticut.

About the district

Bridgeport Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Bridgeport Public Schools is located in Bridgeport, the largest city in Connecticut and the county seat for Fairfield 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.[2]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Bridgeport (%) Connecticut (%)
White 87.7 77.6
Black or African American 3.8 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 1.9 3.8
Two or More Races 2.5 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 9.6 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 85.7 13.8
2008 83.5 16
2004 70.7 27.8
2000 72.7 22.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]


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.[6]

School board

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.[7]

Bridgeport Public Schools Board of Education
Member Party Assumed Office Term Ends
Sauda Baraka Grey.png Nonpartisan 2005 2017
Jacquelline Kelleher Electiondot.png Democratic 2012 2015
Hernan Illingworth Electiondot.png Democratic 2012 2015
John Bagley Grey.png Nonpartisan 2012 2015
Andre Baker, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017
Howard Gardner Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017
Dave Hennessey Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017
Joe Larcheveque Ends.png Republican 2013 2017
Kenneth Moales, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2012 2015

School board elections

See also: Bridgeport Public Schools elections (2013)

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:[8]

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:

  • Each member of the public wishing to speak may address the board at a regular meeting for a total of two minutes on any item or items on the agenda, provided that a maximum of thirty (30) minutes shall be allowed.
  • While the board may not respond to comments made in public session, it may consider such comments in its policy deliberations and, where appropriate, may refer comments to Board of Education staff for their review as part of their administrative functions.
  • No boisterous conduct shall be permitted at any board of education meeting. If such conduct continues the chairperson may suspend that individual's speaking privilege.
  • It is official policy of the Board of Education that no individual or group of individuals be allowed to personally attack a Board member, staff member or member of the Board of Education personnel during the public speaking session. The Board will not permit disparaging remarks from any member of the public nor will the Board receive any demands for specific disciplinary actions to be taken against any individual or named personnel. Anyone who has a complaint or grievance regarding a specific employee of the Board of Education may take the matter up with the Superintendent, so the proper procedures may be followed. If anyone violates this policy, their privilege to address the Board of Education will be terminated.
  • Public comment shall not be permitted at special meetings.[9]


Bridgeport Public Schools publishes annual budgets on its website.[10]

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
2013-2014 $162,109,470 69.9% $18,496,114 8% $49,811,710 21.5% $0 0% $1,371,958 0.6% $231,789,252
2014-2015 $158,639,134 68.8% $16,824,795 7.3% $51,616,447 22.4% $0 0% $3,462,461 1.5% $230,542,837
Averages: $160,374,302 69% $17,660,454.5 8% $50,714,078.5 22% $0 0% $2,417,209.5 1% $231,166,044.5

Teacher salaries

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:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 42,428 66,490
MA 43,664 77,546
6th Year 44,076 85,413


Teachers at Bridgeport Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Bridgeport Education Association (BEA). The current President of BEA is Gary Peluchette.[12]

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:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007 20,658 -
2008 20,254 -1.9
2009 19,935 -1.5
2010 20,087 0.7
2011 20,031 -0.2

District schools

Bridgeport Public Schools operates 37 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Bridgeport Public Schools
Barnum School
Bassick High School
Beardsley School
Black Rock School
Blackham School
Bridgeport Learning Center
Bridgeport Military Academy
Bridgeport Regional Vocational Aquaculture School
Bryant School
Cesar A. Batalla Elementary School
Central High School
Classical Studies Academy
Columbus School
Columbus Annex at Zion School
Cross School
Curiale School
Dunbar School
Edison School
Fairchild Wheeler Inter-district Magnet High School
Geraldine W. Johnson School
Hall School
Hallen School
Harding High School
High Horizons Magnet School
Hooker School
Jettie S. Tisdale School
Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School
Luis Munoz Marin School
Madison School
Multicultural Magnet School
Park City Magnet School
P.R.I.D.E. Academy
Read School
Roosevelt School at South End
Skane Center
Waltersville School
Winthrop School

Academic performance

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:[14]

CMT Results, 2011-2012
Grade Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Grade 3 Reading 23.3 59.2
Grade 3 Writing 30.9 62.7
Grade 3 Mathematics 33.0 66.5
Grade 4 Reading 28.4 64.1
Grade 4 Writing 33.4 65.3
Grade 4 Mathematics 32.5 68.0
Grade 5 Reading 32.3 67.6
Grade 5 Writing 37.8 68.1
Grade 5 Mathematics 40.0 71.6
Grade 5 Science 25.8 63.9
Grade 6 Reading 44.4 74.1
Grade 6 Writing 38.4 67.4
Grade 6 Mathematics 40.2 69.3
Grade 7 Reading 49.3 79.8
Grade 7 Writing 31.3 65.6
Grade 7 Mathematics 35.9 68.1
Grade 8 Reading 44.5 76.8
Grade 8 Writing 32.3 68.3
Grade 8 Mathematics 34.6 67.2
Grade 8 Science 27.3 61.9

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
Mathematics 10.2 49.2
Science 10.5 47.1

Contact information

Bridgeport Public Schools Logo.jpg
Bridgeport Public Schools Board of Education
45 Lyon Terrace
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: (203) 275-1000

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Background Checks

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Transparency grading process
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Last rated on November 5, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • District budgets are posted.[15]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed with phone numbers.[16]
  • Elected Officials
    • School board members are listed with contact information.[17]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are posted.[18]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance is noted.[19]
  • Background Checks
    • Background check policy is posted.

The bad

  • Budget
    • Only two years of budgets are provided.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Email addresses are not provided.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not available.
  • Contracts
    • Current contracts are not posted.
  • Public Records
    • No information regarding public records requests.
  • Taxes
    • Tax information is not available.

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Connecticut State Department of Education, "Connecticut Education Data and Research," accessed January 8, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Bridgeport," accessed October 24, 2013
  3. Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 4, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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.
  6. Chicago Sun-Times, "Vallas tapped to be Quinn’s running mate," November 8, 2013
  7. Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be A School Board Member," accessed January 7, 2014
  8. Bridgeport Public Schools, "District Policies," accessed January 8, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Bridgeport Public Schools, "Financial Stability," accessed December 10, 2014
  11. Bridgeport Education Association, "BEA Teachers Contract 2011-2014," December 21, 2010
  12. Bridgeport Education Association, "Executive Board," accessed January 8, 2014
  13. Bridgeport Public Schools, "Schools," accessed January 8, 2014
  14. Connecticut State Department of Education, "Strategic School Profile Reports," accessed January 7, 2014
  15. Bridgeport Public Schools, "Financial Stability," accessed January 8, 2014
  16. Bridgeport Public Schools, "2013-2014 Staff Directory," accessed January 8, 2014
  17. Bridgeport Public Schools, "Board Information," accessed January 8, 2014
  18. Bridgeport Public Schools, "2013-2014 Board Meeting Dates," accessed January 8, 2014
  19. Bridgeport Public Schools, "Good Schools Bridgeport," accessed January 8, 2014