Lawrence Public Schools, Massachusetts

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Lawrence Public Schools
Lawrence, Massachusetts
Lawrence Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Jeffrey C. Riley
Enrollment:13,145 students
Graduation rate:63.8%
Number of schools:34
Budget: $159.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:William Lantigua
Board members:7
Term length:2
Lawrence Public Schools is a school district in Massachusetts that serves the city of Lawrence. It is the seventh-largest school district in Massachusetts, serving 13,145 students in 34 schools.[1][2][3]

About the district

Lawrence Public Schools is located in Essex County, Massachusetts
Lawrence Public Schools is located in Essex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Essex County are Lawrence and Salem. According to the 2010 US Census, Essex County is home to 755,618 residents.[4]

Demographics

Essex County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate but under performed with regard to median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Essex County was $65,785 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Essex County was 10.6% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 36.4% of Essex County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Essex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 87.7 83.7
Black or African American 5.7 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.5
Asian 3.5 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.1 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 17.4 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 154,655 32.45
Republican 57,470 12.06
Green-Rainbow 439 0.09
Unaffiliated 261,832 54.93
Other 2,266 0.48

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.[6]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools is Jeffrey C. Riley, who was appointed by Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester on January 11, 2012.[7] Riley earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Pomona College, an M.S. in Counseling and School Guidance from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.[7] In his career, Riley has served as a Teach for America corps member, teacher, administrator and principal.[7] Prior to joining Lawrence Public Schools, Riley served as the Academic Superintendent for the Middle and K-8 Network and eventually the Chief Innovation Officer for Boston Public Schools.[7]

School board

Lawrence Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board, six of whom are elected to two-year terms. Lawrence's mayor formally serves as the seventh member and Chairperson of the board.[8]

Lawrence School Committee
Member District Term Ends
William Lantigua Mayor N/A
Myra Ortiz District A 2015
Milquicided Santos District B 2015
Pavel M. Payano District C 2015
Jeovanny Rodriguez District D 2015
Patricia Mariano District E 2015
James R. Blatchford District F 2015

School board elections

See also: Lawrence Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Lawrence School Committee are elected to two-year terms. The primary election was held on September 17, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Six seats were up for election in 2013 and these six seats are up for election again in 2015.

Budget

Lawrence Public Schools publishes its annual budget 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
2010-2011 $4,670,000 69.6% $126,000 1.9% $1,477,000 22% $441,000 6.6% $0 0% $6,714,000
Averages: $4,670,000 70% $126,000 2% $1,477,000 22% $441,000 7% $0 0% $6,714,000

Teacher salaries

Lawrence Public Schools does not publicly release the salary schedule of its teachers.

Unions

Educators and other school employees of the Lawrence Public School District are represented by the Lawrence Teachers' Union, which is part of the American Federation of Teachers.[10]

Schools in Lawrence

Enrollment

Lawrence Public Schools serves 13,145 students in 34 schools. Lawrence Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.[1][2]

District schools

Lawrence Public Schools operates 34 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Lawrence Public Schools
School Name
Adult Learning Center
Arlington Middle School
Breen School
Bruce School
Business Management & Finance High School
Community Day Arlington
Frost Elementary School
Frost Middle School
Guilmette Elementary School
Guilmette Middle School
Health & Human Services High School
Hennessey School
High School Learning Center
Humanities & Leadership Development High School
International High School
Lawlor School
Lawrence High School Campus
Leahy School
Math, Science & Technology High School
Oliver Middle 7/8
Oliver Partnership School
Parthum Elementary School
Parthum Middle School
Performing & Fine Arts High School
Phoenix Academy
Rollins School
School for Exceptional Studies
South Lawrence East Elementary School
South Lawrence East Middle School
Spark Academy
Tarbox School
Up Academy Leonard School
Up Academy Oliver 6th Grade School
Wetherbee School

Academic performance

MCAS Results for Lawrence School District, 2011
Grade and Subject Proficient or Higher ' Advanced ' Proficient ' Needs Improvement ' Warning/ Failing ' Students Included CPI SGP Included in SGP
District State District State District State District State District State
Grade 03 - Reading 36 61 6 15 30 46 45 30 20 9 980 70.5 N/A N/A
Grade 03 - Mathematics 39 61 13 27 26 34 34 25 27 14 979 68.4 N/A N/A
Grade 04 - English language arts 34 57 4 13 30 44 39 30 27 14 976 66.4 46.0 812
Grade 04 - Mathematics 31 51 7 16 24 35 45 36 24 12 981 66.9 48.0 818
Grade 05 - English language arts 33 61 5 17 28 44 41 28 27 11 950 66.0 35.0 793
Grade 05 - Mathematics 27 57 6 25 21 32 35 26 38 17 956 59.3 30.0 790
Grade 05 - Science and Tech/Eng 19 52 4 22 15 30 49 34 32 14 956 58.3 N/A N/A
Grade 06 - English language arts 33 66 4 18 29 48 38 22 29 11 956 65.4 38.0 787
Grade 06 - Mathematics 28 60 8 27 20 33 32 24 39 16 952 59.0 40.0 788
Grade 07 - English language arts 45 71 3 15 42 56 35 21 21 7 982 73.8 52.0 813
Grade 07 - Mathematics 20 51 7 20 13 31 35 30 45 18 990 52.4 47.0 819
Grade 08 - English language arts 54 81 3 18 51 63 31 14 15 6 986 79.8 48.0 811
Grade 08 - Mathematics 19 52 5 22 14 30 30 28 51 19 987 51.3 42.0 816
Grade 08 - Science and Tech/Eng 11 43 0 5 11 38 35 38 53 20 983 47.1 N/A N/A
Grade 10 - English language arts 55 88 6 37 49 51 32 9 13 3 814 79.2 41.0 443
Grade 10 - Mathematics 34 78 11 50 23 28 29 15 36 7 823 60.9 34.0 445
Grade 10 - Science and Tech/Eng 22 69 2 24 20 45 58 25 20 6 645 61.6 N/A N/A
All Grades - English language arts 41 69 4 19 37 50 37 22 22 9 6,644 71.4 43.0 4,459
All Grades - Mathematics 28 59 8 27 20 32 35 26 37 15 6,668 59.7 40.0 4,476
All Grades - Science and Tech/Eng 17 54 2 17 15 37 46 32 37 13 2,584 54.9 N/A N/A

Issues

State takeover

On November 29, 2011, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 10-1 to label Lawrence Public Schools a "chronically under performing" district, which allowed Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester to take over the district and to install a new Superintendent/Receiver.[12][7] This decision came in response to the fact that, "District-wide performance in ELA and math is among the bottom one percent of all the state's school districts; Lawrence has the third lowest math Composite Performance Index (CPI) and fourth lowest ELA CPI in the Commonwealth. Less than one-half of Lawrence's students graduate from high school within 4 years, which is the lowest graduation rate of any (non-charter) district in the state."[12]

Lawrence Mayor and School Committee Chair William Lantigua personally requested the state's intervention, as did the Lawrence Teachers' Union.[13] At the time, Lantigua was fighting recall efforts, and the previous superintendent was ousted and formally charged with fraud and embezzlement.[14]

Board member James R. Blatchford opposed the takeover, insisting that, "We are not the bottom of the barrel."[13] Chester appointed current Superintendent/Receiver Jeffrey C. Riley to his position on January 11, 2012.[7] As a result of the takeover, the Lawrence School Committee lost its formal powers and became a purely advisory board for Riley, which has reduced electoral interest in the board.[15] While in power, Riley has consolidated and reduced the size of the district administration, replaced principals and hired 160 new teachers.[16]

Contact information

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Joan I. Milone
Secretary to the School Committee
255 Essex Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: 978-975-5900 ext. 25616
Fax: 978-975-5904 ext. 25616
E-mail: jmilone@lawrence.k12.ma.us

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The good

  • Budget information is available on the website.[17]
  • Meeting schedules, agendas, are available online.[18]
  • Elected Officials names and contact information are accessible online.[18]
  • The name and contact information for the superintendent are available online.[18]
  • The school district lists academic performance records on their website.[19]

The bad

  • No local tax information was available
  • Contracts and bids over $10,000 were unavailable
  • Financial reports or audits were not available.
  • Contact records for the public information officer was not available.
  • Criminal background check information is not published on the website.
  • Explanations of the state tests are available on the website, but not scores for accountability.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed August 7, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Lawrence - Enrollment Data," accessed August 7, 2013
  3. Lawrence Public Schools, "Performance Data," accessed August 7, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Essex County, Massachusetts," accessed August 7, 2013
  5. Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed August 7, 2013
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "Education Commissioner Chester Appoints Jeffrey C. Riley as Receiver for the Lawrence Public Schools," January 11, 2013
  8. Lawrence Public Schools, "School Committee," accessed August 7, 2013
  9. U.S. Census, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  10. Lawrence Teachers' Union, LTU 1019 "Home," accessed August 7, 2013
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Budget
  12. 12.0 12.1 Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Declares Lawrence Public Schools as "Chronically Underperforming,"" November 29, 2011
  13. 13.0 13.1 Monica Brady-Myerov, 90.9 wbur, "Lawrence Public Schools Face Possible State Takeover," November 29, 2011
  14. Jess Bidgood, The New York Times, "Massachusetts: State Takes Over Lawrence Schools," November 30, 2011
  15. The Eagle-Tribune, "Editorial: Time to reinvent the Lawrence School Committee," May 12, 2013
  16. Mark E. Vogler, The Eagle-Tribune, "Riley cuts 25 office jobs," May 26, 2013
  17. Lawrence Public Schools, "Budget," accessed August 8, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Lawrence Public Schools, "School Committee," accessed August 8, 2013
  19. Lawrence Public Schools, "Assessment," accessed August 8, 2013