Clifton Public Schools, New Jersey

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Clifton Public Schools
Clifton, New Jersey
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District Profile
Superintendent:Richard Tardalo
Enrollment:10,949
Graduation rate:82.7%
Number of schools:19
Budget: $147.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Gary Passenti
Board members:9
Term length:3
Clifton Public Schools is a school district in New Jersey that served 10,949 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 13th-largest by enrollment in New Jersey.

About the district

Clifton Public Schools is located in Passaic County, New Jersey
Clifton Public Schools is located in Passaic County, New Jersey. The county seat of Passaic County is Paterson. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Passaic County is home to 501,224 residents.[1]

Demographics

Passaic County underperformed compared to the state's median household income in the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Passaic County was $56,299 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Passaic County was 15.3% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 25.4% of Passaic 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 Passaic County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 75.9 73.8
Black or African American 14.7 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.5 0.6
Asian 5.5 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 38.3 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Passaic County Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 97,693 33.08
Republican 52,360 17.73
Libertarian 75 0.01
Green 25 0.01
Other 38 0.01
Unaffiliated 145,114 49.16

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 Clifton Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year was Richard Tardalo. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2008. Tardalo previously worked as the principal of Clifton High School from 2006 to 2008.[4]

School board

The Clifton 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]

Clifton Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Gary Passenti 2016
Arlene Agresti 2014
Tafari Anderson 2015
Judith A. Bassford 2014
James Daley 2015
Lucy Danny 2014
Wayne Demikoff 2016
John Houston 2015
Rosemary Pino 2016

School board elections

See also: Clifton 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 does not have published guidelines for public participation at board meetings.

Budget

Clifton Public Schools published its annual budget on their district website.[6]

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 $77,327,398 52.4% $6,701,279 4.5% $7,763,967 5.3% $3,558,931 2.4% $52,341,599 35.4% $147,693,174
Averages: $77,327,398 52% $6,701,279 5% $7,763,967 5% $3,558,931 2% $52,341,599 35% $147,693,174

Teacher salaries

Clifton Public Schools does not maintain published salary schedules for teachers as of January 28, 2014.

Schools in Clifton Public Schools

Enrollment

The district served 10,949 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 3.9% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[7]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 10,538 -
2009 10,740 1.9
2010 10,909 1.5
2011 10,992 0.7
2012 10,949 -0.3

District schools

Clifton Public Schools operates 19 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[8]

Clifton Public Schools
Clifton High School
Clifton High School Annex
Christopher Columbus Middle School
School #1
School #2
School #3
School #4
School #5
School #8
School #9
School #11
School #12
School #12 Annex
School #13
School #14
School #15
School #16
School #17
Woodrow Wilson Middle 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 Clifton Public Schools:[9]

Student proficiency, 2012-2013
Grade level Subject Partially Proficient (%) Proficient (%) Advanced Proficient (%)
3 English Language Arts 42.7 56.4 0.9
3 Math 26.3 47.5 26.3
4 English Language Arts 49.9 47.6 2.6
4 Math 27.1 48.0 24.9
5 English Language Arts 46.8 48.9 4.4
5 Math 26.8 43.9 29.3
6 English Language Arts 50.7 48.1 1.2
6 Math 31.6 54.2 14.2
7 English Language Arts 52.6 42.7 4.7
7 Math 58.4 31.7 10.0
8 English Language Arts 25.1 71.9 3.0
8 Math 51.0 36.1 12.8
11 English Language Arts 14.1 75.1 10.9
11 Math 31.5 53.6 14.9

Contact information

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Clifton Public Schools
745 Clifton Avenue
Clifton, New Jersey 07013
Phone: (973) 470-2300

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