Fairfield Public Schools, Connecticut

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Fairfield Public Schools
Fairfield, Connecticut
Fairfield Public Schools Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:David Title
Enrollment:10,289
Graduation rate:93.3%
Number of schools:17
Budget: $155.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Philip Dwyer
Board members:9
Term length:4
Fairfield Public Schools is a school district in Connecticut that served 10,289 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] This district is the tenth largest by enrollment in the state of Connecticut.

About the district

Fairfield Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
The Town of Fairfield is located along the Long Island Sound in Fairfield County in southern Connecticut. The population of Fairfield was 59,625 according to a 2012 report by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC).[2]

Demographics

Fairfield outperformed state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2011. The city had a poverty rate of 3.3% in the CERC Report while the state rate was 9.2%. The 2012 CERC Report calculated Fairfield's median income at $114,709 while the state median income was $70,705. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (59%) was above the state average (36%).[2]

Racial Demographics, 2011[2]
Race Fairfield (%) Connecticut (%)
White 91.6 77.6
Black or African American 1.8 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.1 0.3
Asian 3.7 3.8
Two or More Races 2.8 8.1
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 14.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 51 48
2008 56.4 42.8
2004 49.9 48.7
2000 49.6 45.6

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 Fairfield Public Schools is Dr. David Title. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2010. Title previously served as the Superintendent of Bloomfield Public Schools from 2002 to 2010.[5]

School board

The Fairfield Public Schools Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. Members of the Board of Education do not receive compensation for their service.[6]

Fairfield Public Schools Board of Education
Member Party Assumed Office Term Ends
Philip Dwyer Electiondot.png Democratic 2011 2015
Paul Fattibene Ends.png Republican 2011 2015
Jessica Gerber Electiondot.png Democratic 2011 2015
Jennifer Maxon-Kennelly Electiondot.png Democratic 2011 2015
John Convertito Ends.png Republican 2011 2015
Donna Karnal Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017
Eileen Liu-McCormack Ends.png Republican 2013 2017
John Llewellyn Ends.png Republican 2013 2017
Marc Patton Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017

School board elections

See also: Fairfield Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and five seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Fairfield Public Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[7]

The Board eagerly welcomes members of the public to attend Board of Education meetings and to become informed on issues on which the Board must act. The Board sets aside two times during each agenda for public comment, one near the beginning of the meeting and one near the end of the meeting. During these times, the public has the opportunity to address the Board on agenda items. At the discretion of the chair, non-agenda items may be raised. The Board respectfully requests that school specific issues be handled first through the teacher and the appropriate administrator before the issue comes to the Board. The Board chair reserves the right to limit the length of time set for public comment in deference to the business needing to be conducted on the posted agenda. Typically, however, public comments should be limited to 2-3 minutes in length. Finally, because of the complexity of issues being raised by the public, the board will not, generally, engage in direct dialogue with the public, but will often refer concerns to later parts of the meeting or to future agendas.[8]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Champaign Community Unit School District 4.[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
2012-2013 $121,005,059 81.2% $11,550,847 7.8% $9,004,889 6% $0 0% $7,375,669 5% $148,936,464
2013-2014 $127,664,237 81.9% $115,539,177 74.1% $8,772,287 5.6% $0 0% $7,853,533 5% $155,829,234
Averages: $124,334,648 82% $63,545,012 42% $8,888,588 6% $0 0% $7,614,601 5% $152,382,849

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Fairfield 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 the teachers for 2013-2014:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 46,230 74,937
MA 50,853 92,504
6th Year 55,474 100,364
7th Year 55,474 105,566
Ph.D. 60,097 108,223

Schools in Fairfield Public Schools

Enrollment

The district served 10,289 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 5.2% increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007 9,775 -
2008 9,953 1.8
2009 10,108 1.5
2010 10,153 0.4
2011 10,289 1.3

District schools

Fairfield Public Schools operates 17 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Fairfield Public Schools
Alternative High School
Burr Elementary School
Dwight Elementary School
Fairfield Ludlowe High School
Fairfield Warde High School
Fairfield Woods Middle School
Holland Hill Elementary School
Jennings Elementary School
McKinley Elementary School
Mill Hill Elementary School
North Stratfield Elementary School
Osborn Hill Elementary School
Riverfield Elementary School
Roger Ludlowe Middle School
Roger Sherman Elementary School
Stratfield Elementary School
Tomlinson Middle School

Academic performance

The Connecticut State Department of Education published a Strategic District Profile about Fairfield Public Schools after the 2011-2012 school year. This profile includes the results of standardized tests used to meet requirements set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) assesses reading, writing and mathematics proficiency levels among students in grades three through eight. The Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) measures proficiency levels in reading, writing, mathematics and science among tenth graders. The following tables compare CMT and CAPT results from Fairfield Public Schools to state proficiency levels:[12]

CMT Results, 2011-2012
Grade Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Grade 3 Reading 75.0 59.2
Grade 3 Writing 79.5 62.7
Grade 3 Mathematics 85.7 66.5
Grade 4 Reading 79.8 64.1
Grade 4 Writing 81.5 65.3
Grade 4 Mathematics 83.7 68.0
Grade 5 Reading 82.8 67.6
Grade 5 Writing 82.9 68.1
Grade 5 Mathematics 86.5 71.6
Grade 5 Science 79.9 63.9
Grade 6 Reading 87.3 74.1
Grade 6 Writing 86.2 67.4
Grade 6 Mathematics 83.0 69.3
Grade 7 Reading 91.1 79.8
Grade 7 Writing 79.9 65.6
Grade 7 Mathematics 84.0 68.1
Grade 8 Reading 91.8 76.8
Grade 8 Writing 85.8 68.3
Grade 8 Mathematics 87.6 67.2
Grade 8 Science 83.7 61.9


CAPT Results, 2011-2012
Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Reading Across the Disciplines 71.9 47.5
Writing Across the Disciplines 85.0 63.0
Mathematics 70.1 49.2
Science 71.5 47.1

Contact information

Fairfield Public Schools Logo.jpg
Fairfield Public Schools Board of Education
501 Kings Highway East
Fairfield, CT 06825
Phone: (203) 255-8277
Email: boemembers@fairfield.k12.ct.us

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