Cranston Public Schools, Rhode Island

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Cranston Public Schools
Cranston, Rhode Island
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District Profile
Superintendent:Judith Lundsten
Enrollment:10,683 students
Graduation rate:75.3%[1]
Number of schools:24
Budget: $137.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Andrea M. Iannazzi
Board members:7
Term length:2
Cranston Public Schools is a school district in Rhode Island that served 10,683 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the second-largest school district by enrollment in the state of Rhode Island.

About the district

Cranston Public Schools is located in Providence County, Rhode Island
Cranston Public Schools is located in Providence County, Rhode Island. The county seat of Providence County is Providence. Providence County is home to 628,600 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Providence County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Rhode Island in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.9 percent of Providence County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.8 percent for Rhode Island as a whole. The median household income in Providence County was $49,213 compared to $56,102 for the state of Rhode Island. The poverty rate in Providence County was 16.5 percent compared to 13.2 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Providence County (%) Rhode Island (%)
White 80.4 85.6
Black or African American 11.1 7.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 0.9
Asian 4.2 3.3
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or More Races 2.9 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 20.3 13.6

Providence County Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic vote Republican vote
2012 43,617 7,282
2008 46,276 8,548
2004 35,917 9,787
2000 10,190 7,669

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.[5]


The superintendent of Cranston Public Schools is Dr. Judith Lundsten. The Cranston School Committee unanimously appointed her to this position in August 2012. Beginning her career in the district as a temporary teacher, she served in various roles, including principal and assistant superintendent.[6]

School board

Cranston Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member committee elected by geographic electoral districts to two-year terms.[7]

Cranston Public Schools School Committee
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Jeffrey K. Gale 1 2012 2016
Stephanie Giangrande Culhane 2 2008 2016
Paula McFarland 3 2014
Trent M. Colford, Sr. 4 2012 2016
Janice Ruggieri 5 2008 2016
Andrea M. Iannazzi 6 2014
Michael A. Traficante At-Large 2004 2016

School board elections

See also: Cranston Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Cranston Public Schools school committee are elected by geographic electoral districts to two-year terms. All seven seats are up for election during even years.

Public participation in board meetings

The Cranston Public Schools school committee policy manual was being updated and therefore unavailable when Ballotpedia staff last checked their website on November 26, 2014.[8]


The table below displays the budget for Cranston Public Schools:[9]

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 $117,354,529 85.3% $12,122,354 8.8% $5,752,645 4.2% $1,303,503 0.9% $79,948 0.1% $137,612,979
Averages: $117,354,529 85% $12,122,354 9% $5,752,645 4% $1,303,503 1% $79,948 0% $137,612,979

Teacher Salaries

Cranston Public Schools employed 864 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This chart details annual teacher salaries for the 2014-2015 school year according to the negotiated agreement between the Cranston School Committee and the Cranston Teachers' Alliance.[10]

Salary Structure
Step Annual starting salary
1 $38,000
2 $40,470
3 $43,100
4 $45,902
5 $48,886
6 $52,063
7 $55,447
8 $59,051
9 $62,889
10 $66,977
11 $71,331
12 $73,900

Schools in Cranston


Cranston Public Schools served 10,683 students in 24 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not publicly maintain enrollment data on their website.

District schools

Cranston Public Schools operates 24 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Cranston Public Schools
Arlington Elementary
Hugh B. Bain Middle
Chester Barrows Elementary
Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Cranston High School East
Cranston High School West
William Dutemple Elementary
Eden Park Elementary
Edgewood Highland Elementary
Garden City Elementary
Gladstone Elementary
Glen Hills Elementary
Hope Highlands Elementary
NEL/CPS Construction and Career Academy
Oak Lawn Elementary
Orchard Farms Elementary
Park View Middle
George J. Peters Elementary
Edward S. Rhodes Elementary
Stadium Elementary
Stone Hill Elementary
Daniel D. Waterman Elementary
Western Hills Middle
Woodridge Elementary

Academic performance

New England Common Assessment Program

The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) is Rhode Island's standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community. It is also used in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. NECAP assesses students in math and reading for grades 3 though 8 and 11, while grades 4, 8 and 11 are also tested in science, and grades 5, 8 and 11 take additional tests in writing.

The chart below details results for Cranston Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year and compares them with statewide results:[11]

District NECAP scores
Grade/Category Proficient District (%) Proficient State (%)
3rd Grade Math 55 56
3rd Grade Reading 74 69
4th Grade Math 62 63
4th Grade Reading 77 70
4th Grade Science 45 41
5th Grade Math 64 61
5th Grade Reading 79 74
5th Grade Writing 74 64
6th Grade Math 63 59
6th Grade Reading 81 72
7th Grade Math 67 59
7th Grade Reading 78 69
8th Grade Math 61 57
8th Grade Reading 84 74
8th Grade Writing 64 56
8th Grade Science 33 30
11th Grade Math 28 35
11th Grade Reading 85 81
11th Grade Writing 66 66
11th Grade Science 30 30

Contact information

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Cranston Public Schools
845 Park Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
Phone: (401) 270-8000

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