Jersey City Public Schools, New Jersey
|Jersey City Public Schools|
|Jersey City, New Jersey|
|Number of schools:||38|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Sangeeta Ranade|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Jersey City Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtHudson County, New Jersey. The county seat of Hudson County is Jersey City. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Hudson County is home to 652,302 residents.
Hudson County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in terms of median household income according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in Hudson County was $57,660 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Hudson County was 15.1% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.3% of Hudson County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The superintendent of Jersey City Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year was Marcia Lyles. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2012. Lyles worked for three decades as a teacher and administrator for the New York City Department of Education. She later served as the superintendent of Christina School District in Delaware from 2009 to 2012. Lyles receives $231,000 per year in salary as part of a contract running through the 2015-2016 school year.
The Jersey City Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. Board members receive no compensation for their service.
|Jersey City Board of Education|
|Bertram C. Okpokwasili||2014|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Three 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 regarding public participation at board meetings:
|“||In accordance with the Jersey City Board of Education’s by-laws, those who would like to speak at a Board meeting must notify the Board, in advance, of their intent to speak. Members of the public wishing to address the Board of Education must state their name and address and are requested to limit their comments to five (5) minutes.
With regard to agenda items requiring a vote, notification may be any time up to the start of the meeting. Once the meeting commences, no further speakers will be permitted to participate.
With regard to general comment items, notification must be 24 hours or more, prior to the start of the meeting.
All requests to speak at a board meeting must be made by either calling in your request to Anna Marie Carpenito, 201.915.6074, or by sending an email to her business email address of ACarpenito@jcboe.org, during the time frames set forth above.
The Jersey City Board of Education encourages comment and opinion with regard to the conduct of our schools and consistent with the rules set forth in our policies, invites you to attend and speak during the public comment portion of our Board meetings.
Prior to speaking, we request that you identify the topic and agenda on which you are commenting. Please remember that all comments, even those made within the general comment section, must be related to the conduct of the schools. While comments may, of course, be critical in nature, they may not be, in any way, disrespectful, vulgar, or threatening toward any board member, the superintendent or school staff. Your comments may not be so hostile such that they have the potential to incite violence.
Again, we welcome public opinion, comment, input, and yes, criticism, but this is not a forum to advance one’s own personal agenda. Further, it is incumbent upon us as a Board to advise the public that comments asserted that are stated in such a way as to convey to the listener that they are factual and true, when in fact, may just be the speaker’s opinion, may be considered slanderous and present the risk of liability to the speaker as well as to the Board.
If any comments made by a member of the public violate the policy as explained above, the Board, and/or its counsel, will intervene and request that you refrain from further comment and that you take your seat.
The table below displays the budget for Jersey City Public Schools:
|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|
Teacher salaries at Jersey City 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 teachers for 2012-2013:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers in Jersey City Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Jersey City Education Association (JCEA). The president of JCEA during the 2013-2014 school year was Ronald Greco, Jr.
Schools in Jersey City Public Schools
The district served 27,028 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 2.8% decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Jersey City Public Schools operates 38 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Jersey City Public Schools|
|Academy I Middle School|
|Bright Street High School|
|Dickinson High School|
|Ferris High School|
|Liberty High School|
|Lincoln High School|
|McNair High School|
|Regional Day Elementary School|
|Snyder High School|
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 Jersey City Public Schools:
|Student proficiency, 2012-2013|
|Grade level||Subject||Partially Proficient (%)||Proficient (%)||Advanced Proficient (%)|
|3||English Language Arts||46.7||51.6||1.7|
|4||English Language Arts||59.0||37.5||3.5|
|5||English Language Arts||56.0||40.3||3.7|
|6||English Language Arts||52.6||45.1||2.3|
|7||English Language Arts||52.6||42.6||4.9|
|8||English Language Arts||36.0||61.3||2.7|
|11||English Language Arts||19.5||66.7||13.8|
|Transparency grading process|
- Board of Education members are listed, but individual contact information is not provided.
- Meeting schedule is posted. Agendas are also available, but minutes are not.
- Administrators are listed with contact information in a searchable directory.
- Request for Public Records form is posted.
- RFPs and bids are posted; awarded bids and active contracts are not available.
- Testing information and academic performance results are posted.
- Current budget, including revenue information and salary information, is not posted.
- Background check procedures are not posted.
- Audits and local tax information are not posted.
- Union contracts are not posted.
- New Jersey
- List of school districts in New Jersey
- Jersey City Public Schools elections (2013)
- School Board Elections portal
- Jersey City Public Schools
- Jersey City, New Jersey
- New Jersey Department of Education
- New Jersey School Boards Association
- Jersey City Education Association
- State of New Jersey Department of Education, "Fall Enrollment Charts," accessed January 28, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Hudson County, New Jersey," accessed October 28, 2013
- State of New Jersey Department of State, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," accessed October 27, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Terrence T. McDonald, NJ.com, "Jersey City school board appoints new superintendent after raucous three-hour hearing," August 30, 2012
- New York City Department of Education, "Deputy Chancellor Marcia Lyles Leaving to Become Superintendent of Delaware's Christina School District," May 20, 2009
- Jersey City Public Schools, "Board Docs," accessed January 30, 2014
- Jersey City Public Schools, "Public Comments," accessed January 30, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Jersey City Public Schools, "Business & Finance," accessed December 12, 2014
- NJ.com, "JCEA Contract," May 10, 2010
- Jersey City Education Association, "Leadersip," accessed January 30, 2014
- Jersey City Public Schools, "JCPS Schools," accessed January 29, 2014
- New Jersey Department of Education, "Assessment," accessed January 30, 2014
- Jersey City Public Schools, "Board Members," accessed January 29, 2014
- Jersey City Public Schools, "Board Meetings," accessed January 29, 2014
- Jersey City Public Schools, "Public Board Docs," accessed January 29, 2014
- Jersey City Public Schools, "Online Directory," accessed January 29, 2014
- Jersey City Public Schools, "Request for Public Records," accessed January 29, 2014
- Jersey City Public Schools, "Forms," accessed January 29, 2014
- Jersey City Public Schools, "Assessment & Testing," accessed January 29, 2014