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Cherry Hill Public Schools
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Cherry Hill Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Maureen Reusche
Enrollment:11,516
Graduation rate:90.0%
Number of schools:18
Budget: $172.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kathy Judge
Board members:9
Term length:3
Cherry Hill Public Schools is a school district in New Jersey that served 11,516 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 12th-largest by enrollment in New Jersey.

About the district

Cherry Hill Public Schools is located in Camden County, New Jersey
Cherry Hill Public Schools is located in Camden County, New Jersey. The county seat of Camden County is Camden. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Camden County is home to 513,666 residents.[1]

Demographics

Camden County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in terms of its median household income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Camden County was $61,824 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Camden County was 11.8% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 28.2% of Camden County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Camden County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 70.7 73.8
Black or African American 21.0 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.6
Asian 5.5 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.1 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 15.1 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Camden County Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 143,641 40.63
Republican 45,107 12.76
Libertarian 135 0.01
Green 110 0.01
Other 52 0.01
Unaffiliated 164,455 46.58

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.[3]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Cherry Hill Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year was Maureen Reusche. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2011. Reusche previously served as an assistant superintendent with the district from 2007 to 2011.[4]

School board

The Cherry Hill Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. Board members receive no compensation for their service.[5]

Cherry Hill Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Kathy Judge 2015
Carol Matlack 2014
Sherrie Cohen 2016
J. Barry Dickinson 2015
Eric Goodwin 2014
Colleen Horiates 2015
Seth Klukoff 2014
Steve Robbins 2016
Elliott Roth 2016

School board elections

See also: Cherry Hill Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Three seats will be up for election in November 2014 and three seats will be on the ballot in November 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation at board meetings:[5]

Regular action meetings include two opportunities for public input. The first opportunity for public comment precedes the Action Agenda; comments made in this sessions are restricted to Agenda items. Public comments in the second public discussion period may be on any topic.

When you address the Board at a public meeting, please:

  • approach the podium;
  • speak into the microphone and state your name address;
  • if speaking for an organized group, please name the group;
  • discuss matters concerning school operations and programs, refraining from commenting on individuals and school personnel; and
  • limit your comments to three minutes so others will have an opportunity to address the Board. (Speakers are timed and a signal is used to indicate when 30 seconds remain and when time has elapsed).

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Budget

Cherry Hill Public Schools published its annual budget on their district website.[7]

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
2011-2012 $106,429,742 61.8% $12,069,425 7% $12,360,815 7.2% $4,217,250 2.4% $37,245,080 21.6% $172,322,312
Averages: $106,429,742 62% $12,069,425 7% $12,360,815 7% $4,217,250 2% $37,245,080 22% $172,322,312

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Cherry Hill 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 teachers for 2013-2014:[8]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 48,377 93,048
B.A. 15 49,522 94,193
B.A. 30 50,666 95,337
MA 52,498 97,169
MA 15 54,329 99,000
MA 30 56,389 101,060
Ph.D. 59,020 103,691

Unions

Teachers in Cherry Hill Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Cherry Hill Education Association (CHEA). The President of CHEA as of January 28, 2014 is Martin Charofsky.[9]

Schools in Cherry Hill Public Schools

Enrollment

The district served 11,516 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 0.4% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 11,470 -
2009 11,340 -1.1
2010 11,359 0.1
2011 11,248 -0.9
2012 11,516 2.3

District schools

Cherry Hill Public Schools operates 18 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Cherry Hill Public Schools
A. Russell Knight Elementary School
Barclay Early Childhood Center
Beck Middle School
Carusi Middle School
Cherry Hill Alternative High School
Clara Barton Elementary School
J.F. Cooper Elementary School
Bret Harte Elementary School
James Johnson Elementary School
Joyce Kilmer Elementary School
Kingston Elementary School
High School East
High School West
Horace Mann Elementary School
Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School
Richard Stockton Elementary School
Rosa International Middle School
Thomas Paine Elementary School
Woodcrest Elementary School

Academic performance

The New Jersey Department of Education administers annual standardized tests for math and English Language Arts (ELA) proficiency in every public school district. The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) tests student proficiency in grades three through eight. The New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) tests student proficiency in the 11th grade. Student scores are broken down into Partially Proficient, Proficient and Advanced Proficient categories based on annual test results. The following table lists NJ ASK and HSPA results for the 2012-2013 school year in Cherry Hill Public Schools:[12]

Student proficiency, 2012-2013
Grade level Subject Partially Proficient (%) Proficient (%) Advanced Proficient (%)
3 English Language Arts 16.0 75.9 8.1
3 Math 10.6 27.6 61.8
4 English Language Arts 27.2 60.3 12.5
4 Math 12.1 43.0 44.9
5 English Language Arts 21.8 63.5 14.7
5 Math 9.4 34.5 56.2
6 English Language Arts 18.6 74.3 7.1
6 Math 10.5 46.1 43.4
7 English Language Arts 27.7 56.8 15.6
7 Math 24.5 47.7 27.9
8 English Language Arts 10.7 74.9 14.4
8 Math 16.8 43.8 39.4
11 English Language Arts 1.6 61.8 36.6
11 Math 10.2 48.9 40.9

Contact information

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Cherry Hill Public Schools
45 Ranoldo Terrace
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Phone: (856) 429-5600

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