Hamilton Township School District, New Jersey

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Hamilton Township School District
Hamilton Township, New Jersey
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District Profile
Superintendent:James Parla
Enrollment:12,114
Graduation rate:88.4%
Number of schools:24
Budget: $188.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Albert Gayzik
Board members:9
Term length:3
Hamilton Township Public Schools is a school district in New Jersey that served 12,114 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the tenth-largest by enrollment in New Jersey.

About the district

Hamilton Township School District is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Hamilton Township School District is located in Mercer County, New Jersey. The county seat of Mercer County and capital of New Jersey is Trenton. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Mercer County is home to 368,303 residents.[1]

Demographics

Mercer County underperformed in comparison to the state median household income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Mercer County was $73,883 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Mercer County was 10.7% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 38.0% of Mercer 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 Mercer County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 66.5 73.8
Black or African American 21.0 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.6
Asian 9.7 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 15.9 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Mercer County Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 83,700 38.27
Republican 32,254 14.75
Libertarian 87 0.01
Green 84 0.01
Other 21 0.01
Unaffiliated 102,557 46.95

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 Hamilton Township School District during the 2013-2014 school year was James Parla. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Parla worked for 14 years as an administrator in several New York school districts before moving to Hamilton Township.[4]

School board

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

Hamilton Township School Board
Member Term Ends
Albert Gayzik 2015
Dina Thornton 2016
Anthony G. Celentano 2016
Patricia DelGiudice 2014
Richard Kanka 2015
Pamela A. Kelly 2016
Susan Lombardo 2014
Joseph Malagrino 2014
Jennifer Riddell 2015

School board elections

See also: Hamilton Township School District elections (2013)

Members of the School Board 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 School Board maintains the following policy regarding public participation at board meetings last updated in 2008:[5]

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 express 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. All persons wishing to participate in a public Board meeting shall register their intent with the Board secretary in advance of the meeting;

2. A participant must be recognized by the presiding officer and shall preface comments by an announcement of his/her name. Township of residence and group affiliation, if appropriate. The announcement of his/her address shall be voluntary.

3. Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to three minutes' duration;

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

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

6. The presiding officer may:

  • Interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant;
  • Request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum;
  • 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;
  • 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
  • Waive these rules when necessary for the protection and privacy or the efficient administration of the Board's business.

The portion of the meeting during which the participation of the public is invited shall be limited to twenty minutes unless extended by a majority vote of the Board members present.[6]

Budget

Hamilton Township School District 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
2010-2011 $126,288,809 69.4% $25,873,436 14.2% $14,397,901 7.9% $2,290,847 1.3% $13,173,241 7.2% $182,024,234
2011-2012 $131,934,644 70.1% $26,238,857 13.9% $14,500,756 7.7% $2,117,376 1.1% $13,530,354 7.2% $188,321,987
Averages: $129,111,726.5 70% $26,056,146.5 14% $14,449,328.5 8% $2,204,111.5 1% $13,351,797.5 7% $185,173,110.5

Teacher salaries

Hamilton Township School District does not maintain a published salary schedule for teachers.

Unions

Teachers in Hamilton Township School District are represented during contract negotiations by the Hamilton Township Education Association (HTEA). The President of HTEA as of January 28, 2014 is Fred Schwartz.[8]

Schools in Hamilton Township School District

Enrollment

The district served 12,114 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 6.0% decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[9]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 12,899 -
2009 12,757 -1.1
2010 12,433 -2.5
2011 12,308 -1.0
2012 12,114 -1.5

District schools

Hamilton Township School District operates 24 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Hamilton Township School District
Alexander Elementary School
Crockett Middle School
Grice Middle School
Greenwood Elementary School
Hamilton High School West
HEP High School
Kisthardt Elementary School
Klockner Elementary School
Kuser Elementary School
Lalor Elementary School
Langtree Elementary School
McGalliard Elementary School
Mercerville Elementary School
Morgan Elementary School
Nottingham High School-North
Reynolds Middle School
Robinson Elementary School
Sayen Elementary School
Steinert High School-East
Sunnybrae Elementary School
University Heights Elementary School
Wilson Elementary School
Yardville Elementary School
Yardville Heights 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 Hamilton Township School District:[11]

Student proficiency, 2012-2013
Grade level Subject Partially Proficient (%) Proficient (%) Advanced Proficient (%)
3 English Language Arts 35.0 63.3 1.7
3 Math 28.8 39.4 31.8
4 English Language Arts 45.7 49.2 5.1
4 Math 28.1 48.0 23.9
5 English Language Arts 42.6 51.3 6.1
5 Math 25.5 43.4 31.1
6 English Language Arts 43.1 55.9 5.8
6 Math 29.2 49.0 21.8
7 English Language Arts 42.3 51.9 5.8
7 Math 44.9 40.3 14.8
8 English Language Arts 20.4 73.9 5.6
8 Math 37.9 42.9 19.2
11 English Language Arts 10.3 75.2 14.4
11 Math 32.5 52.1 15.4

Contact information

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Hamilton Township School District
90 Park Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08690
Phone: (609) 631-4100

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See also: Evaluation of New Jersey school district websites


The good

  • Audits and Budgets are posted.[12]
  • Contact information for elected officials is available.[13]
  • Contact information for administrative officials is available.[14]
  • Meeting minutes and notices are posted, but agendas are not provided.[15][16]
  • The website has a Government Records Request Form.
  • Employee contracts are posted.[17]
  • Provides information on what state tests are administered to students.[18]
  • Does not provide district wide academic performance, but links to the State Department of Education School Report Cards.[19]
  • Policies regarding purchasing are published.[20]
  • Current price list is posted.[21]
  • Revenue sources are noted in the budget.[7]

The bad

  • Meeting agendas are not posted.
  • Information regarding background checks is not available.
  • Does not provide district wide academic performance.
  • No specific information on what percent of local tax goes to school district.

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 United States Census Bureau, "Mercer County, New Jersey," accessed October 28, 2013
  2. State of New Jersey Department of State, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," accessed October 27, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. Hamilton Township School District, "Meet the Superintendent," accessed January 27, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hamilton Township School District, "Bylaws," accessed January 28, 2014
  6. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hamilton Township School District, "Hamilton Township School District FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 3, 2013
  8. Hamilton Township Education Association, "About the HTEA," accessed January 28, 2014
  9. State of New Jersey Department of Education, "Fall Enrollment Charts," accessed January 28, 2014
  10. Hamilton Township School District, "Schools," accessed January 28, 2014
  11. New Jersey Department of Education, "Assessment," accessed January 29, 2014
  12. Hamilton Township School District, "Budget Information," accessed January 27, 2014
  13. Hamilton Township School District, "BOE," accessed January 27, 2014
  14. Hamilton Township School District, "Telephone Directory," accessed January 27, 2014
  15. Hamilton Township School District, "BOE Meeting Agendas," accessed January 27, 2014
  16. Hamilton Township School District, "BOE Meeting Schedule," accessed January 27, 2014
  17. Hamilton Township School District, "Employee Contracts," accessed January 27, 2014
  18. Hamilton Township School District, "District Testing Information," accessed January 27, 2014
  19. Hamilton Township School District, "District," accessed January 27, 2014
  20. Hamilton Township School District, "Purchasing Policies & Procedures," accessed January 27, 2014
  21. Hamilton Township School District, "Purchase and Property," accessed January 27, 2014