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Jackson School District, New Jersey

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Jackson School District
Jackson, New Jersey
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District Profile
Superintendent:Lu Ann Meinders
Graduation rate:95.5%
Number of schools:10
Budget: $144.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Barbara Fiero
Board members:7
Term length:3
Jackson School District is a school district in New Jersey that served 9,134 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 21st-largest by enrollment in New Jersey.

About the district

Jackson School District is located in Ocean County, New Jersey
Jackson School District is located in Ocean County, New Jersey. The county seat of Ocean County is Toms River. According to the 2010 US Census, Ocean County was home to 580,470 residents.[1]


Ocean County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in median household income according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Ocean County was $60,712 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Ocean County was 9.5% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 24.5% of Ocean 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 Ocean County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 93.1 73.8
Black or African American 3.4 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.6
Asian 1.9 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.2 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 8.7 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Ocean County Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 108,575 28.65
Democratic 73,922 19.50
Libertarian 127 0.01
Green 78 0.01
Other 81 0.01
Unaffiliated 196,246 51.82

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.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Jackson School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Lu Ann Meinders. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2013. Meinders has worked for the district as a teacher, grant coordinator and deputy superintendent since 1988.[4]

School board

The Jackson Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. Board members receive no compensation for their service.[5]

Jackson Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Theresa Schiazza 2015
Marvin Krakower 2015
Adam Silvan 2015
Thomas Colucci 2016
Sharon E. Dey 2016
Michael R. Hanlon 2017
Barbara Fiero 2017

School board elections

See also: Jackson School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Two seats were up for election on November 4, 2014, and three seats will be on the ballot in November 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy on public participation at board meetings last updated in 2013:[6]

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 set aside a portion of every Board meeting, the length of the portion to be determined by the Board, for public comment on any school or school district issue that a member of the public feels may be of concern to the residents of the school district.

Public participation shall be governed by the following rules:

  • 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;
  • Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to five (5) minutes' duration.
  • No participant may speak more than once on the same topic until all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard;
  • All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no participant may address or question Board members individually.
  • The presiding officer may:
    • Interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, abusive, obscene, or irrelvant;
    • 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 of privacy or the efficient administration of the Board's business.[7]


The table below displays the budget for Jackson School District.[8][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
2009-2010 $117,893,809 89.3% $4,142,399 3.1% $760,183 0.6% $8,915,487 6.8% $286,634 0.2% $131,998,512
2010-2011 $122,545,850 89.1% $4,650,600 3.4% $922,701 0.7% $9,171,107 6.7% $232,050 0.2% $137,522,308
2013-2014 $52,721,150 36.7% $0.00 0% $11,798,614 8.2% $8,358,062 5.8% $70,745,377 49.3% $143,623,203
2014-2015 $53,309,341 36.9% $0.00 0% $11,447,584 7.9% $9,201,427 6.4% $70,383,380 48.8% $144,341,732
Averages: $86,617,537.5 62% $2,198,249.75 2% $6,232,270.5 4% $8,911,520.75 6% $35,411,860.25 25% $139,371,438.75

Teacher salaries

Jackson School District does not publish salary schedules for district teachers.

Schools in Jackson School District


The district served 9,134 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 5.3% decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 9,653 -
2009 9,578 -0.7
2010 9,584 -
2011 9,391 -2.0
2012 9,134 -2.7

District schools

Jackson School District operates 10 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Jackson School District
Crawford-Rodriguez Elementary School
Elms Elementary School
Goetz Middle School
Holman Elementary School
Jackson Liberty High School
Jackson Memorial High School
Johnson Elementary School
McAuliffe Middle School
Rosenauer Elementary School
Switlik 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 Jackson School District:[12]

Student proficiency, 2012-2013
Grade level Subject Partially Proficient (%) Proficient (%) Advanced Proficient (%)
3 English Language Arts 25.6 73.1 1.4
3 Math 14.2 35.1 50.7
4 English Language Arts 31.1 61.5 7.5
4 Math 9.2 44.3 46.5
5 English Language Arts 33.3 59.5 7.1
5 Math 9.9 38.5 51.6
6 English Language Arts 27.0 72.2 0.8
6 Math 12.7 54.7 32.6
7 English Language Arts 35.0 55.6 9.4
7 Math 28.1 42.2 29.6
8 English Language Arts 14.7 76.8 8.5
8 Math 23.7 39.1 37.3
11 English Language Arts 6.2 69.6 24.2
11 Math 15.4 58.3 26.3

Contact information

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Jackson School District
151 Don Connor Blvd.
Jackson, NJ 08527
Phone: (732) 833-4600

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