Edison Township Public Schools, New Jersey

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Edison Township Public Schools
Middlesex County, New Jersey
Edison Township Public Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Richard O'Malley
Enrollment:14,224 students
Graduation rate:93.9%[1]
Number of schools:17
Budget: $217.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Gene I. Maeroff
Board members:9
Term length:3
Edison Township Public Schools is a school district in New Jersey that served 14,224 students in 17 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the sixth-largest by enrollment in the state of New Jersey.

About the district

Edison Township Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey.
Edison Township Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The county seat of Middlesex County is New Brunswick. Middlesex County is home to 823,041 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Middlesex County outperformed the rest of New Jersey in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.8% of Middlesex County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 35.4% for New Jersey as a whole. The median household income in Middlesex County was $79,442 compared to $71,637 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Middlesex County was 8.0% compared to 9.9% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Middlesex County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 63.6 73.8
Black or African American 10.9 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.6
Asian 22.9 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 19.1 18.5

2013 Party Affiliation, Middlesex County[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 175,669 36.94
Republican 60,409 12.70
Libertarian 185 0.04
Green 117 0.03
Other 84 0.02
Unaffiliated 239,072 50.27

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.[5][6]


The superintendent of Edison Township Public Schools is Dr. Richard O'Malley, whom the school board appointed to the position on February 7, 2011.[7] During the 2011-2012 school year, O'Malley received a salary of $210,000.[8] Before taking the position, he served as an educator for Toms River Regional Schools, assistant principal in the Upper Saddle River School District, principal of two schools in the Branchburg Township School District and superintendent in both the Mountainside School District and the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District.

Outside of education, O'Malley has served as a research assistant in the New Jersey General Assembly and as both the mayor and as a township committeeman in Raritan Township. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Psychology from Clemson University, his two Master's degrees in Education and Administration from Monmouth University and his Ed.D. from Seton Hall University. At the time of his appointment, Board President Gene I. Maeroff suggested that it was O'Malley's ability to pass a budget, experience with local government and "data-driven instruction" approach that made him the best candidate.[9]

School board

Edison Township Public Schools is overseen by a nine-member board, all of whom are elected to three-year terms.[10]

Edison Township Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Beth Moroney 2017
Veena Iyer 2016
Deborah Anes 2015
Lori A. Bonderowitz 2016
Lora L. Fong 2015
Margot Harris 2015
Frank Heelan 2017
Jerry Shi 2017
Theresa E. Ward 2016

School board elections

See also: Edison Township Public Schools elections (2015)

Members of the Edison Township Board of Education are elected to three-year terms. Three seats were up for election in 2014, and three seats are up for election on April 21, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Edison Township Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

The Board of Education recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on school matters of community interest.

In order to permit the fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board shall provide a period for public comment at every public meeting.

Public participation shall be permitted only as indicated on the order of business in Board Bylaw No. 0164.

Public participation shall be extended to residents of this district, persons having a legitimate interest in the actions of this Board, persons representing groups in the community or school district, representatives of firms eligible to bid on materials or services solicited by the Board, and employees and pupils of this district, except when the issue addressed by the participant is subject to remediation by an alternate method provided for in policies or contracts of the Board.

Public participation shall be governed by the following rules:

1. A participant must be recognized by the presiding officer and must preface comments by an announcement of his/her name, place of residence, and group affiliation, if appropriate;

2. Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to six minutes’ duration.

3. No participant may speak more than once on the same topic until all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard;

4. All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no participant may address or question Board members individually;

5. The presiding officer may:

a. Interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant;

b. Request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum;

c. Request the assistance of law enforcement officers in the removal of a disorderly person when that person's conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting;

d. Call for a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum so interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to warrant such action; and

e. Waive these rules when necessary for the protection of privacy or the efficient administration of the Board's business.[11]

—Edison Township Public Schools website, (2014)[12]


The table below displays the budget for Edison Township Public Schools:[13][14]

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
2012-2013 $129,241,975 60.9% $0 0% $76,843,708 36.2% $1,936,372 0.9% $4,868,794 2.3% $212,195,999
2013-2014 $132,337,188 61.5% $0 0% $76,770,384 35.7% $1,911,228 0.9% $4,652,895 2.2% $215,076,845
2014-2015 $132,083,337 60.9% $0 0% $78,317,549 36.1% $1,907,609 0.9% $4,645,398 2.1% $216,953,893
Averages: $131,220,833.33 61% $0 0% $77,310,547 36% $1,918,403 1% $4,722,362.33 2% $214,742,245.67

Teacher salaries

Edison Township Public Schools employed 1,087 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[15] Edison Township Public Schools does not publicly release the salary schedule of its teachers. In June 2012, the school district and the Edison Township Education Association agreed to a new three-year contract to increase teacher compensation by a total of 7.37% over that span.[16]

Schools in Edison Township Public Schools


Edison Township Public Schools served 14,224 students during the 2011-2012 school year. Edison Township Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Edison Township Public Schools operates 17 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[17]

Edison Township Public Schools
School Name
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
Edison High School
Herbert Hoover Middle School
James Madison Intermediate School
James Madison Primary School
James Monroe Elementary Schools
John Adams Middle School
John Marshall Elementary School
John P. Stevens High School
Lincoln Elementary School
Lindeneau Elementary School
Martin Luther King Elementary School
Menlo Park Elementary School
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Washington Elementary School
Woodbrook Elementary School
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 Edison Township Public Schools:[18]

Student proficiency, 2012-2013
Grade level Subject Partially Proficient (%) Proficient (%) Advanced Proficient (%)
3 English Language Arts 14.6 72.3 13.1
3 Math 10.4 23.3 66.4
4 English Language Arts 21.2 58.0 20.8
4 Math 11.7 28.4 59.8
5 English Language Arts 18.5 59.5 22.0
5 Math 8.1 23.8 68.1
6 English Language Arts 18.6 63.3 18.1
6 Math 11.8 32.4 55.8
7 English Language Arts 19.4 48.4 32.2
7 Math 22.5 27.0 50.5
8 English Language Arts 9.8 62.9 27.3
8 Math 19.8 27.8 52.4
11 English Language Arts 3.9 56.2 39.9
11 Math 11.7 43.5 44.8

Contact information

Edison Township Public Schools seal.jpg

Edison Township Public Schools
312 Pierson Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837
Phone: 732-452-4900

See also

External links


  1. New Jersey Department of Education, "2013 Graduation Rates," accessed March 10, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Middlesex County, New Jersey," accessed February 18, 2014
  4. State of New Jersey - Department of State, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," September 24, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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.
  7. Edison Township Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed March 10, 2014
  8. Edison Township Public Schools, "Employment Contract Between the Edison Township Board of Education and Richard J. O'Malley, Ed.D.," accessed March 10, 2014
  9. Edison/Metuchen Sentinel, "Edison board selects new superintendent," November 10, 2010
  10. Edison Township Public Schools, "Meet the Board," accessed March 10, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Edison Township Public Schools, "0167 Public Participation in Board Meetings," accessed March 10, 2014
  13. Edison Township Public Schools, "2013-14 User Friendly Budget Summary," accessed November 26, 2013
  14. Edison Township Public Schools, "Adopted Budget 2014-15," accessed December 11, 2014
  15. New Jersey Department of Education, "2011-2012 Certificated Staff," accessed March 10, 2014
  16. Edison/Metuchen Sentinel, "Edison board, union laud new contracts," June 6, 2012
  17. Edison Township Public Schools, "Home," accessed March 10, 2014
  18. New Jersey Department of Education, "2013 Assessment Reports (November 2013)," accessed March 5, 2014