New Britain Public Schools, Connecticut

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New Britain Public Schools
New Britain, Connecticut
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District Profile
Superintendent:Kelt Cooper
Enrollment:10,044
Graduation rate:51.3%
Number of schools:16
Budget: $146.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Sharon Beloin-Saavedra
Board members:9
Term length:4
New Britain School District is a school district in Connecticut that served 10,044 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] This district is the 11th largest by enrollment in the state of Connecticut.

About the district

New Britain Public Schools is located in Hartford County, Connecticut
New Britain Public Schools is located in Hartford County in central Connecticut. The population of New Britain was 73,206 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]

Demographics

New Britain 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 New Britain was $39,838 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 20.9% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (17.5%) was lower than the state average (35.7%).[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race New Britain (%) Connecticut (%)
White 63.6 77.6
Black or African American 13 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 24 3.8
Two or More Races 4.2 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 36.8 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 76.3 22.7
2008 74.5 24.2
2004 67 31.1
2000 69.5 25.3

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.[4]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of New Britain Public Schools is Kelt Cooper. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Cooper previously served as the Superintendent of San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District in Texas.[5]

School board

The New Britain Public Schools Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to four-year terms. Members of the Board of Education do not receive compensation for their service.[6]

New Britain Public Schools Board of Education
Member Party Assumed Office Term Ends
Sharon Beloin-Saavedra Electiondot.png Democratic 2005 2017
Aram Ayalon Electiondot.png Democratic 2007 2015
Daniel Davis Ends.png Republican 2013 2017
Judy Greco Electiondot.png Democratic 2009 2017
Nick Mercier Ends.png Republican 2013 2017
Carlos Pina Electiondot.png Democratic 2011 2015
Nicole Rodriguez Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2015
Daisy Sanchez Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017
James Sanders, Sr. Ends.png Republican 1983 2015

School board elections

See also: New Britain Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and four seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

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

SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

The public is invited to attend Board Meetings and will be given limited time to voice opinions or problems at the beginning of the regular meeting. The time to be allotted for public presentation to the Board will be at the discretion of the Board Chair.

SCHOOL BOARD HEARINGS
In order to consider the views of the public on major policy matters such as curriculum changes, school closings and the school budget, or any other pertinent matters impacting the school system, the Board may schedule special public hearings. The purpose of such hearings will not be for the discussion by Board Members of pending issues but to allow for the presentation of points of view by members of the public. Such public hearings may be scheduled immediately before or after a Board meeting or may be scheduled for a time unrelated to any Board meeting.

SCHOOL BOARD PUBLIC FORUMS
The Board may periodically schedule public forums. The purpose is to allow members of the public to engage in an interchange of ideas and views with the Board in an interactive, open forum.

INFORMATION REGARDING SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS AND HEARINGS
Individuals wishing to be heard at a Board meeting or Board hearing shall advise the President of the Board in advance by signing in on the public speaker sign-in sheet and be recognized by the President at the designated time. The person shall then identify himself/herself and proceed with brief comments. The President shall rule on such matters as the time allotment, appropriateness of the subject being presented and the suitability of the time for such presentation.[8]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for New Britain Public Schools.[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
2012-2013 $110,949,809 75.8% $12,550,000 8.6% $5,158,200 3.5% $0.00 0% $17,729,038 12.1% $146,387,047
Averages: $110,949,809 76% $12,550,000 9% $5,158,200 4% $0 0% $17,729,038 12% $146,387,047

Teacher salaries

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

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS/BA 43,272 75,201
BS/BA 30 46,343 81,622
MS 47,590 84,070
MS 30 50,785 90,191
MS 6/Ph.D. 54,597 95,392

Schools in New Britain Public Schools

Enrollment

The district served 10,044 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 5.3% 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 10,615 -
2008 10,407 -1.9
2009 10,155 -2.4
2010 10,054 -0.9
2011 10,044 -0.1

District schools

New Britain Public Schools operates 16 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

New Britain Public Schools
Alternative Center
Chamberlain Primary School
DiLoreto Magnet Elementary School
Gaffney Elementary School
HALS Academy
Holmes Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
New Britain High School
Northend Elementary School
Pulaski Middle School
Roosevelt Middle School
Louis P. Slade Middle School
Smalley Academy
Smith Elementary School
Vance Village Elementary School

Academic performance

The Connecticut State Department of Education published a Strategic District Profile about New Britain 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 New Britain Public Schools to state proficiency levels:[12]

CMT Results, 2011-2012
Grade Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Grade 3 Reading 23.1 59.2
Grade 3 Writing 29.0 62.7
Grade 3 Mathematics 25.0 66.5
Grade 4 Reading 30.3 64.1
Grade 4 Writing 29.6 65.3
Grade 4 Mathematics 24.3 68.0
Grade 5 Reading 27.7 67.6
Grade 5 Writing 29.3 68.1
Grade 5 Mathematics 26.6 71.6
Grade 5 Science 22.6 63.9
Grade 6 Reading 30.1 74.1
Grade 6 Writing 21.2 67.4
Grade 6 Mathematics 20.1 69.3
Grade 7 Reading 39.7 79.8
Grade 7 Writing 22.9 65.6
Grade 7 Mathematics 23.1 68.1
Grade 8 Reading 34.7 76.8
Grade 8 Writing 25.7 68.3
Grade 8 Mathematics 21.2 67.2
Grade 8 Science 15.1 61.9


CAPT Results, 2011-2012
Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Reading Across the Disciplines 18.0 47.5
Writing Across the Disciplines 28.4 63.0
Mathematics 14.5 49.2
Science 11.5 47.1

Contact information

New Britain Public Schools Logo.jpg
New Britain Public Schools Board of Education
272 Main Street
New Britain, CT 06050-1960
Phone: (860) 827-2200

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Last rated on October 29, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • 2012-2013 budget is posted.[13]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Officials are listed with contact information on department pages.
  • Elected Officials
    • Board of education members are listed with email addresses.[14]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes are posted.[15]
  • Academics
    • Academic test results are provided.[16]
  • Background Checks
    • Background check policy is posted.[17]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Previous budgets are not available.
  • Elected Officials
    • Phone numbers are not provided.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not posted.
  • Contracts
    • Contacts are not available.
  • Public Records
    • No information regarding public records requests.
  • Taxes
    • Tax information is not available.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Connecticut State Department of Education, "Connecticut Education Data and Research," accessed January 9, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: New Britain," accessed October 24, 2013
  3. Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 8, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. New Britain City Journal, "Kelt Cooper New Superintendent," February 29, 2012
  6. Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be A School Board Member," accessed January 9, 2014
  7. New Britain Public Schools, "Board of Education Policies," accessed January 9, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. New Britain Public Schools, "2013-2014 Adopted Budget," accessed December 11, 2013
  10. New Britain Federation of Teachers, "Salary Schedule 2012-2015," August 16, 2011
  11. New Britain Public Schools, "New Students," accessed January 9, 2014
  12. Connecticut State Department of Education, "Strategic School Profile Reports," accessed January 9, 2014
  13. New Britain School District, "2012-2013 Budget," accessed October 29, 2012
  14. New Britain School District, "Committee Assignments," accessed October 29, 2012
  15. New Britain School District, "Meeting Agendas & Minutes," accessed October 29, 2012
  16. New Britain School District, "Spring 2012 CMPT and CAPT Results," accessed October 29, 2012
  17. New Britain School District, "Security Check/Fingerprinting," accessed October 29, 2012