Brockton Public Schools, Massachusetts

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Brockton Public Schools
Brockton, Massachusetts
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District Profile
Superintendent:Kathleen Smith
Enrollment:16,595 students
Graduation rate:75.68%
Number of schools:23
Budget: $205.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Linda M. Balzotti
Board members:7
Term length:2
Brockton Public Schools is a school district in Massachusetts that serves the city of Brockton. It is the fourth-largest school district in Massachusetts, serving 16,595 students in 23 schools.[1]

About the district

Brockton Public Schools is located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Brockton Public Schools is located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Plymouth County are Brockton and Plymouth. According to the 2010 US Census, Plymouth County is home to 499,759 residents.[2]

Demographics

Plymouth County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its median rates of average household income and poverty but under performed with regard to higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Plymouth County was $74,698 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Plymouth County was 7.2% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 32.9% of Plymouth County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Plymouth County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 87.2 83.7
Black or African American 9.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 1.4 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 3.4 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 93,501 28.61
Republican 44,814 13.71
Green-Rainbow 267 0.08
Unaffiliated 186,768 57.15
Other 1,453 0.44

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.[4]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Brockton Public Schools is Kathleen Smith, who was appointed by the School Committee on July 16, 2013.[5] Smith earned a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Westfield State University, an M.A. in Counseling from Bridgewater State College, a school adjustment counselor certificate from Northeastern University and a law degree from the New England School of Law.[6] In her career, Smith has worked as a special education teacher, Title I math and reading coach, district MCAS manager, and district director of Community Schools, which includes adult continuing education classes and after-school programs.[6]

School board

Brockton Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to two-year terms. Although Brockton Mayor Linda M. Balzotti serves as Chair of the board, she is not a formal member.[7]

Brockton School Committee
Member District Term Ends
Thomas J. Minichiello, Jr. Ward 1 2015
Andrew Robinson Ward 2 2015
Allisha J. Clark Ward 3 2015
Patricia A. Joyce Ward 4 2015
Judy A. Sullivan Ward 5 2015
Michael P. Healy Ward 6 2015
Raymond Henningson, Jr. Ward 7 2015

School board elections

See also: Brockton Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Brockton School Committee are elected to two-year terms. The primary election was not held on September 17 due to a lack of candidates, and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Seven seats were up for election in 2013 and all seven seats will be up for election again in 2015.

Budget

Brockton Public Schools does not publish its annual budget on its website.[8]

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
2010-2011 $145,395,328 70.7% $11,626,057 5.7% $32,423,151 15.8% $0 0% $16,249,460 7.9% $205,693,996
2011-2012 $157,625,823 72.8% $12,462,124 5.8% $28,527,330 13.2% $0 0% $18,051,237 8.3% $216,666,514
Averages: $151,510,575.5 72% $12,044,090.5 6% $30,475,240.5 14% $0 0% $17,150,348.5 8% $211,180,255

Teacher salaries

Brockton Public Schools does not publicly release the salary schedule of its teachers.

Unions

Educators and other school employees of the Brockton Public School District are represented by the Brockton Education Association.[9]

Schools in Brockton

Enrollment

Brockton Public Schools serves 16,595 students in 23 schools. Brockton Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.

District schools

Brockton Public Schools operates 23 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Brockton Public Schools
School Name School Type
Adult Learning Center Other
Angelo Elementary School Elementary
Arnone Elementary School Elementary
Ashfield Middle School Middle
Baker Elementary School PK/Elementary
B.B. Russell Alternative School Middle/High/Other
Brockton Champion High School High
Brockton High School High
Brookfield Elementary School Elementary
Davis K-8 School Elementary/Middle
Downey Elementary School Elementary
East Middle School Middle
George Elementary School Elementary
Gilmore Early Childhood Center Preschool
Goddard Alternative School Elementary/Middle/High/Other
Hancock Elementary School Elementary
Huntington Elementary School Elementary
Kennedy Elementary School Elementary
North Middle School Middle
Plouffe Academy Middle
Raymond K-8 School Elementary/Middle
South Middle School Middle
West Middle School Middle

Academic performance

MCAS Results for Brockton Public School District, 2012.[11]
Grade and Subject Proficient or Higher Advanced Proficient Needs Improvement Warning/ Failing Students Included CPI SGP Included in SGP
District State District State District State District State District State
Grade 03 - Reading 36 61 5 15 31 46 43 30 20 9 1,259 68.6 N/A N/A
Grade 03 - Mathematics 37 61 10 27 27 34 31 25 32 14 1,260 64.5 N/A N/A
Grade 04 - English language arts 28 57 3 13 25 44 41 30 30 14 1,230 61.6 42.0 1,095
Grade 04 - Mathematics 22 51 3 16 19 35 50 36 28 12 1,228 61.6 40.5 1,090
Grade 05 - English language arts 37 61 5 17 32 44 40 28 23 11 1,288 68.5 46.0 1,144
Grade 05 - Mathematics 32 57 10 25 22 32 34 26 35 17 1,286 61.8 52.0 1,142
Grade 05 - Science and Tech/Eng 20 52 4 22 16 30 41 34 38 14 1,286 56.6 N/A N/A
Grade 06 - English language arts 43 66 4 18 39 48 35 22 22 11 1,203 71.8 43.0 1,073
Grade 06 - Mathematics 36 60 10 27 26 33 31 24 33 16 1,204 64.8 44.0 1,073
Grade 07 - English language arts 57 71 4 15 53 56 30 21 13 7 1,212 82.4 56.0 1,070
Grade 07 - Mathematics 30 51 6 20 24 31 38 30 33 18 1,214 62.8 51.0 1,065
Grade 08 - English language arts 68 81 9 18 59 63 23 14 9 6 1,254 86.5 58.0 1,109
Grade 08 - Mathematics 32 52 8 22 24 30 35 28 33 19 1,249 62.8 54.0 1,113
Grade 08 - Science and Tech/Eng 19 43 1 5 18 38 41 38 40 20 1,250 55.6 N/A N/A
Grade 10 - English language arts 79 88 31 37 48 51 16 9 5 3 995 92.5 69.0 729
Grade 10 - Mathematics 66 78 40 50 26 28 20 15 14 7 980 83.3 59.0 723
Grade 10 - Science and Tech/Eng 55 12 24 43 45 34 25 11 6 910 80.6 N/A N/A
All Grades - English language arts 49 69 8 19 41 50 33 22 18 9 8,441 75.5 52.0 6,220
All Grades - Mathematics 36 59 12 27 24 32 34 26 30 15 8,421 65.4 50.0 6,206
All Grades - Science and Tech/Eng 29 54 5 17 24 37 39 32 32 13 3,446 62.6 N/A N/A

Contact information

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School Committee
Brockton Public Schools
43 Crescent Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508-580-7000

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The good

  • Meeting minutes and agendas are available on the website.[12] Also available is the meeting schedule.[13]
  • Direct email addresses are provided for all of the school committee members, except for the mayor, for which the phone number is included. However, this is only for the 2009 - 2010 Committee members.[14]
  • Direct contact information is available for the superintendent.[15]
  • 2009-2010 NCLB Scores are listed on the site.[16]

The bad

  • Audit information is available under "annual reports," but the latest report is from 2008.
  • Local taxes are not available on the school district's website.
  • Budget information is available on the website, but the most recent information is from 2002.[17]
  • No contract information is provided. There is a superintendent contact listed, but the document is from 2002.[18]
  • There is no contact information for a public records or information officer.

See also

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References

  1. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed August 1, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 United States Census Bureau, "Plymouth County, Massachusetts," accessed August 2, 2013
  3. Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed August 2, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Morgran True, EnterpriseNews.com, "New Brockton school superintendent will earn $190,000 annually, but it is less money than her predecessor," July 17, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Alex Bloom, EnterpriseNews.com, "Smith to start Brockton school chief job in August," May 21, 2013
  7. Brockton Public Schools, "BPS School Committee Policies, Board Governance and Regulations," accessed August 2, 2013
  8. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Total Expenditure Per Pupil, All Funds, By Function," accessed November 25, 2013
  9. Brockton Education Association, "Home page," accessed August 2, 2013
  10. Brockton Public Schools, "Our Schools," accessed August 2, 2013
  11. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2012, Percent of Students at Each Achievement Level for Brockton," accessed August 2, 2013
  12. Brockton Public Schools, "School Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes," accessed November 12, 2012
  13. Brockton Public Schools, "School Committee & Subcommittee Meetings," accessed November 12, 2012
  14. Brockton Public Schools, "2012-2013 School Committee," accessed November 12, 2012
  15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Super
  16. Brockton Public Schools, "2009-2010 NCLB Report Card - Brockton," accessed November 12, 2012
  17. Brockton Public Schools, "BPS School Committee Policies, Finance," accessed November 12, 2012
  18. Brockton Public Schools, "BPS School Committee Policies, General School Administration," accessed November 12, 2012