Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut

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Hartford Public Schools
Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford Public Schools Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Christina Kishimoto
Graduation rate:63.2%
Number of schools:52
Budget: $283.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Matthew K. Poland
Board members:9
Term length:4
Hartford Public Schools is a school district in Connecticut that served 20,853 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] This district is the largest by enrollment in the state of Connecticut.

About the district

Hartford Public Schools is located in Hartford County, Connecticut
Hartford Public Schools is located in the heart of Hartford County in central Connecticut. The City of Hartford is the county seat of Hartford County and the state capital. The population of Hartford was 124,775 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Hartford lagged behind the rest of Connecticut based on median income, poverty levels and higher education achievement in 2010. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Hartford was $29,107 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 32.9% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (14.3%) was lower than the state average (35.7%).[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Hartford (%) Connecticut (%)
White 29.8 77.6
Black or African American 38.7 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.3
Asian 2.8 3.8
Two or More Races 4.2 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 43.4 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 93.2 6.2
2008 91.9 7.8
2004 79.6 16.3
2000 80.2 11.6

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]


The current Superintendenet of Hartford Public Schools is Christina Kishimoto. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2011. Kishimoto previously served as the district's Assistant Superintendent. She earns an annual salary of $231,000 as part of a contract that expires in June 2014.[5]

School board

The Hartford Public Schools Board of Education consists of nine members. Four members are selected by the Mayor of Hartford, four members are elected at large by the public and the Mayor of Hartford acts as the ninth member. Members of the Board of Education do not receive compensation for their service.[6]

Elected members, Board of Education
Member Party Assumed Office Term Ends
Michael Brescia Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017
Robert Cotto, Jr. Grey.png Nonpartisan 2009 2017
Beth Parker Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017
Craig Stallings Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017

Appointed members, Board of Education
Matthew K. Poland
Pedro Segarra
Jose Colon-Rivas
Richard Wareing

School board elections

See also: Hartford Public Schools elections (2013)

Four members of the Board of Education are elected on the same ballot to four-year terms. All four seats were on the ballot on November 5, 2013. The next board election will be held in November 2017.

Public participation in board meetings

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

Meetings of the Board of Education shall be conducted by the Chairperson in a manner consistent with the adopted bylaws of the Board.

All Board meetings shall be guided by an agenda which has been prepared and delivered in advance to all Board members and other designated persons.

The conduct of meetings shall, to the fullest possible extent, enable members of the Board to (1) consider problems to be solved, weigh evidence related thereto, and make wise decision intended to solve the problems, and (2) receive, consider and take any needed action with respect to reports of accomplishment of students or of school system operations.

Public comment at a regular Board meeting requires registration with the Board Secretary, prior to the scheduled meeting start time and requires the completion of a form including the speaker's name, contact information, issue, and nature of comments.

Provisions for permitting any individual or group to address the Board concerning any subject that lies within its jurisdiction shall be as follows:

  • Each member of the public wishing to speak may address the Board for a total of three minutes, provided that a maximum of thirty minutes shall be allowed.
  • While the Board and Superintendent will not respond to comments made in public session, they will consider such comments in policy deliberations and, where appropriate, will refer comments to school department personnel for review as part of their administrative functions.
  • No boisterous conduct shall be permitted at any Board of Education meeting. If such conduct continues the Chairperson may suspend that individual's speaking privilege.
  • Time limits may be strictly enforced.
  • No personal attacks on individuals.
  • No vulgar or indecent language.
  • No signs allowed inside the Board meeting room.
  • Speakers may not yield their time to another speaker.
  • A speaker must refrain from naming employees.
  • A person may address the Board no more than twice during a single meeting.[8]


The Hartford Public School District's budget is published on its website.[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 $148,509,085 52.5% $13,816,031 4.9% $71,515,601 25.3% $0 0% $49,167,470 17.4% $283,008,187
Averages: $148,509,085 52% $13,816,031 5% $71,515,601 25% $0 0% $49,167,470 17% $283,008,187

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Hartford 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 Hartford Federation of Teachers for 2013-2014:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 45,064 70,199
B.A. 15 45,064 73,896
MA 49,113 79,438
MA 15 51,392 82,207
MA 30 53,670 84,980
MA 45 55,188 86,828
MA 60 56,708 88,677
MA 75 58,226 90,523
Ph.D. 59,745 92,368


Teachers at Hartford Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Hartford Federation of Teachers (HFT). The current President of HFT is Andrea Johnson.[11]

Schools in Hartford Public Schools


The district served 20,853 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 6.3% decrease 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 22,267 -
2008 21,478 -3.5
2009 21,106 -1.7
2010 20,899 -0.9
2011 20,853 -0.2

District schools

Hartford Public Schools operates 52 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Hartford Public Schools
Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary School
Achievement First Hartford Academy Middle School
Achievement First Hartford High Academy
Achievement First Summit Middle School
Alfred E. Burr Elementary School
America's Choice at SAND
Asian Studies Academy at Bellizzi School
Breakthrough Magnet School
Betances STEM Magnet School
Breakthrough II Magnet School
Bulkeley High School
Burns Latino Studies Academy
Capital Preparatory Magnet School
Classical Magnet School
Culinary Arts Academy
Dr. Frank T. Simpson-Waverly
Dr. James H. Naylor/CCSU Leadership Academy
The Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy
Dr. Michael D. Fox School
E.B. Kennelly School
Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker
Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School
Fred D. Wish School
Global Communications Academy IB
Great Path Academy Middle College High School
Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy
HPHS Academy of Engineering & Green Technology
HPHS Law & Government Academy
Hartford Pre-K Magnet School
HPHS Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences
High School, Inc.: Hartford's Insurance & Finance Academy
John C. Clark, Jr. Elementary & Middle School
Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School
Jumoke Academy at Milner
L.W. Batchelder Elementary
Maria C. Colon Sanchez Elementary
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
McDonough Expeditionary Learning School
The Middle Grades Academy at West Middle
Montessori Magnet School at Annie Fisher
Montessori Magnet at Moylan School
Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School
OPPortunity High School
Parkville Elementary School
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design
Ramon E. Betances Early Reading Lab
R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts
Sarah J. Rawson Elementary School
STEM Magnet School at Annie Fisher
Sports and Medical Sciences Academy
University High School of Science and Engineering
West Middle Elementary School

Academic performance

The Connecticut State Department of Education published a Strategic District Profile about Hartford 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 Hartford Public Schools to state proficiency levels:[13]

CMT Results, 2011-2012
Grade Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Grade 3 Reading 33.6 59.2
Grade 3 Writing 39.0 62.7
Grade 3 Mathematics 32.0 66.5
Grade 4 Reading 33.4 64.1
Grade 4 Writing 34.3 65.3
Grade 4 Mathematics 33.4 68.0
Grade 5 Reading 36.4 67.6
Grade 5 Writing 42.1 68.1
Grade 5 Mathematics 36.3 71.6
Grade 5 Science 25.7 63.9
Grade 6 Reading 47.4 74.1
Grade 6 Writing 38.3 67.4
Grade 6 Mathematics 38.8 69.3
Grade 7 Reading 56.4 79.8
Grade 7 Writing 36.0 65.6
Grade 7 Mathematics 36.3 68.1
Grade 8 Reading 48.1 76.8
Grade 8 Writing 37.0 68.3
Grade 8 Mathematics 34.0 67.2
Grade 8 Science 25.9 61.9

CAPT Results, 2011-2012
Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Reading Across the Disciplines 19.0 47.5
Writing Across the Disciplines 32.6 63.0
Mathematics 19.7 49.2
Science 17.1 47.1

Contact information

Hartford Public Schools Logo.jpg
Hartford Public Schools Board of Education
960 Main Street, 8th Floor
Hartford,CT 06103
Phone: (860) 695-8870
Email: vdorfman@hartfordschools.org

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Last rated on October 29, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[14]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information on department pages.[15]
  • Elected Officials
    • School board members are listed with email addresses.[16]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes are available.[17][18]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[19]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance is noted in the 2011-2016 District Performance Targets.[20]
  • Background Checks
    • Background check policy is posted.[21]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Phone numbers are not provided.
  • Contracts
    • Contracts are not available.
  • Public Records
    • No information on how to request public records.
  • Taxes
    • Tax information is not posted.

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Connecticut State Department of Education, "Connecticut Education Data and Research," accessed January 8, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Hartford," accessed October 24, 2013
  3. Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 10, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. The Courant, "Hartford Board Rejects Contract Extension For Kishimoto," June 18, 2013
  6. Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be A School Board Member," accessed January 7, 2014
  7. Hartford Public Schools, "Board Policies & Plans," accessed January 9, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Hartford Public Schools, "General Budget," accessed December 9, 2013
  10. National Council on Teacher Quality, "Collective Bargaining Agreement," February 17, 2011
  11. Hartford Federation of Teachers, "Executive Board Members," accessed January 9, 2014
  12. Hartford Public Schools, "School Listing," accessed January 9, 2014
  13. Connecticut State Department of Education, "Strategic School Profile Reports," accessed January 7, 2014
  14. Hartford Public Schools, "Budget Document Library," accessed October 29, 2012
  15. Hartford Public Schools, "Central Office," accessed October 29, 2012
  16. Hartford Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed October 29, 2012
  17. Hartford Public Schools, "Meeting Dates & Agendas," accessed: October 29, 2012
  18. Hartford Public Schools, "Meeting Minutes Archives," accessed October 29, 2012
  19. Hartford Public Schools, "District Financial Reports," accessed October 29, 2012
  20. Hartford Public Schools, "District Performance Measures," accessed October 29, 2012
  21. Hartford Public Schools, "Personnel-Series 4000," accessed October 29, 2012