Lynn Public Schools, Massachusetts

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Lynn Public Schools
Lynn Public Schools, Massachusetts
Lynn Public Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Catherine Latham
Enrollment:14,139 students
Graduation rate:77.8%
Number of schools:25
Budget: $118.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Judith Flanagan Kennedy
Board members:7
Term length:2
Lynn Public Schools is a school district in Massachusetts that serves the city of Lynn. It is the fifth-largest school district in Massachusetts, serving 14,139 students in 25 schools.[1][2]

About the district

Lynn Public Schools is located in Essex County, Massachusetts
Lynn 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.[3]

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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
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[4]
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]


Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Lynn Public Schools is Dr. Catherine C. Latham, who was appointed by the School Committee in 2009. Latham graduated from Lynn English High School, which is a part of Lynn Public Schools. She earned a B.A. and an M.S. in Mathematics from Salem State College before receiving her doctorate with a concentration in Leadership in Urban Schools from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Latham spent more than two decades as an educator in both Peabody and Lynn Public Schools before taking an administrative position in the latter district as School Support Coordinator in 2002. She was promoted to Deputy Superintendent in 2005, and received the appointment to Superintendent of Lynn Public Schools in 2009. Dr. Latham also sits on the Board of Directors for the Northshore Education Consortium and the Lynn Business Education Foundation.[6]

School board

Lynn Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board, six of whom are elected to two-year terms. Lynn's mayor formally serves as the seventh member and Chairman of the board. Board members are not compensated for their services.[7]

Lynn School Committee[8]
Member District Term Ends
Judith Flanagan Kennedy Mayor N/A
Patricia M. Capano At-large 2015
Donna M. Coppola At-large 2015
Maria O. Carrasco At-large 2015
John E. Ford, Jr. At-large 2015
Charlie N. Gallo At-large 2015
Richard B. Starbard At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Lynn Public Schools elections (2013)

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

Budget

Lynn 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
2013-2014 $95,035,896 80% $15,571,033 13.1% $8,253,615 6.9% $0 0% $0 0% $118,860,544
Averages: $95,035,896 80% $15,571,033 13% $8,253,615 7% $0 0% $0 0% $118,860,544

Teacher salaries

Lynn Public Schools employed approximately 983 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[10] The current contract between the school district and the Lynn Teachers Union is not publicly available, but in the previous contract that expired after the 2012-2013 school year, teachers were placed into salary categories based on qualifications and experience. During that school year, the minimum pay for teachers was $40,181, and the maximum pay was $69,383, with the ability to surpass those amounts through supervising extracurricular activities.[11]

Unions

Teachers and other school district employees in Lynn, Massachusetts are represented by the Lynn Teachers Union, which is chapter 1037 of the American Federation of Teachers and a member of the AFL-CIO. It also affiliates with the North Shore Labor Council.[12]

Schools in Lynn

Enrollment

Lynn Public Schools serves 14,139 students in 25 schools. Lynn Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.[1]

District schools

Lynn Public Schools operates 25 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[2]

Lynn Public Schools
School Name
Aborn Elementary
Breed Middle School
Brickett Elementary
Classical High School
Cobbet Elementary
Drewicz Elementary
Edward A. Sisson Elementary
E.J. Harrington Elementary
Fallon Elementary
Fecteau- Leary Junior/Senior High School
Hood Elementary
Ingalls Elementary
Julia F. Callahan Elementary
Lincoln-Thomson Elementary
Lynn English High School
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
Lynn Woods Elementary
Pickering Middle School
Robert L. Ford Elementary
Sewell-Anderson Elementary
Shoemaker Elementary School
Thurgood Marshall Middle School
Tracy Elementary
Washington S.T.E.M
William P. Connery Elementary

Academic performance

MCAS Results for Lynn Public Schools, Spring 2012[13]
Grade and Subject ' Proficient or Higher ' Advanced ' Proficient ' Needs Improvement ' Warning/ Failing Students Included CPI SGP Included in SGP
Grade and subject District State District State District State District State District State
Grade 03 - Reading 41 61 6 15 35 46 45 30 14 9 1,049 77.5 N/A N/A
Grade 03 - Mathematics 46 61 13 27 33 34 35 25 19 14 1,052 75.4 N/A N/A
Grade 04 - English language arts 38 57 4 13 34 44 40 30 22 14 1,001 71.4 40.0 883
Grade 04 - Mathematics 36 51 6 16 30 35 47 36 17 12 1,003 73.7 40.0 887
Grade 05 - English language arts 48 61 9 17 39 44 34 28 18 11 928 78.1 59.0 789
Grade 05 - Mathematics 41 57 13 25 28 32 33 26 26 17 927 71.8 53.0 790
Grade 05 - Science and Tech/Eng 32 52 10 22 22 30 40 34 27 14 927 68.0 N/A N/A
Grade 06 - English language arts 39 66 5 18 34 48 36 22 25 11 959 70.4 32.0 810
Grade 06 - Mathematics 39 60 9 27 30 33 34 24 26 16 962 70.2 40.0 816
Grade 07 - English language arts 50 71 4 15 46 56 33 21 18 7 935 77.6 47.0 786
Grade 07 - Mathematics 21 51 5 20 16 31 38 30 40 18 943 55.6 35.0 794
Grade 08 - English language arts 59 81 5 18 54 63 25 14 16 6 961 80.6 47.0 816
Grade 08 - Mathematics 28 52 6 22 22 30 30 28 42 19 970 57.4 38.0 823
Grade 08 - Science and Tech/Eng 17 43 0 5 17 38 39 38 44 20 969 52.3 N/A N/A
Grade 10 - English language arts 80 88 21 37 59 51 14 9 6 3 877 92.3 53.0 654
Grade 10 - Mathematics 67 78 33 50 34 28 20 15 13 7 885 83.2 53.0 663
Grade 10 - Science and Tech/Eng 55 69 10 24 45 45 32 25 12 6 841 80.5 N/A N/A
All Grades - English language arts 50 69 7 19 43 50 33 22 17 9 6,710 78.1 46.0 4,738
All Grades - Mathematics 40 59 12 27 28 32 34 26 26 15 6,742 69.6 43.0 4,773
All Grades - Science and Tech/Eng 34 54 7 17 27 37 38 32 28 13 2,737 66.3 N/A N/A

Issues

New middle school

Since 2009, Superintendent Latham has promoted the construction of a new middle school building in the district to replace the aging Thurgood Marshall Middle School building. If constructed, the city government would be reimbursed for 80% of the construction costs by the state of Massachusetts. A ballot question will appear on the September 17 primary ballot asking voters to allow the city government to raise up to $92 million to cover the remaining 20% of the construction costs for the middle school.[14] The editorial staff of the local newspaper, the Lynn Journal, has expressed support for the ballot measure.[15]

Contact information

Lynn Public Schools seal.jpg

School Committee
Lynn Public Schools
90 Commercial Street
Lynn, MA 01905
Phone: 781-593-1680

Website evaluation

Last rated on November 12, 2012.

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The good

  • The budget for FY 2014 is posted online.[16]
  • Meeting minutes and agendas are available.[17]
  • Information on background checks for teachers are included on the site's employment page.[18]
  • Phone numbers are included for the school committee members and administrators.[8][19]

The bad

  • No information is available on contracts or bids over $10,000.
  • Audit information is unavailable.
  • Contact information for the information officer is unavailable.
  • Information on MCAS or NCLB scores is not hosted on the website.
  • Local tax information is not provided.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed September 17, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lynn Public Schools, "Our Schools," accessed September 17, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Essex County, Massachusetts," accessed August 7, 2013
  4. Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed August 7, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Lynn Public Schools, "A Brief Profile of Doctor Latham," accessed September 17, 2013
  7. Lynn Public Schools, "Section B | Board Governance and Operations," accessed September 17, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Lynn Public Schools, "Lynn School Committee," accessed September 17, 2013
  9. Lynn Public Schools, "FY14 Approved School Budget," August 8, 2013
  10. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Teacher Data (2012-13)," accessed September 17, 2013
  11. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Agreement between the School Committee, city of Lynn and the Lynn Teachers Union Local 1037, AFT, AFL-CIO," accessed September 17, 2013
  12. Lynn Teachers Union, "Home," accessed September 17, 2013
  13. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2012," accessed September 17, 2013
  14. Lynn Journal, "The Marshall Plan: Fate of the Marshall Middle School Project in Hands of the Voters," September 17, 2013
  15. Lynn Journal, "New Marshall Middle School: Project Deserves the City’s Support," September 17, 2013
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  17. Lynn Public Schools, "2013 School Committee Meeting Notices, Minutes and Video," accessed September 17, 2013
  18. Lynn Public Schools, "Welcome to the Human Resources Department," accessed September 17, 2013
  19. Lynn Public Schools, "Our Office Information," accessed September 17, 2013