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Newton Public Schools, Massachusetts

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Newton Public Schools
Newton, Massachusetts
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. David A. Fleishman
Enrollment:12,335 students
Graduation rate:96.7%[1]
Number of schools:22
Budget: $178.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Matt Hills
Board members:9
Term length:2
Newton Public Schools is a school district in Massachusetts that served 12,335 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2] This district is the ninth-largest by enrollment in the state of Massachusetts.

About the district

Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Middlesex County are Lowell and Cambridge. Middlesex County is home to 1,537,215 residents, according to the 2010 United States Census.[3]

Demographics

Middlesex County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 50.2% of Middlesex County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 39.0% for Massachusetts as a whole. The median household income in Middlesex County was $81,420 compared to $66,658 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Middlesex County was 7.9% compared to 11.0% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Middlesex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 82.3 83.7
Black or African American 5.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 10.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 10.1

2012 Party Affiliation, Middlesex County[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 342,112 36.90
Republican 96,970 10.46
Green-Rainbow 1,134 0.12
Unaffiliated 483,119 52.11
Other 3,854 0.42

Superintendent

The superintendent of Newton Public Schools is Dr. David A. Fleishman.[5] Fleishman was formally appointed to the position by the School Committee on July 1, 2010. He earned his B.A. degree in Government from Connecticut College, his Master's degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Teacher College, Columbia University. Fleishman worked for both the government and for several non-profit organizations before teaching social studies in the New York City school system. He served as an assistant superintendent in two school districts and as the superintendent of a New York school district for five years before joining Newton Public Schools.[6]

School board

Newton Public Schools are overseen by a nine-member board, eight of whom are elected to two-year terms.[7] Newton's mayor formally serves as the ninth member of the board.

Newton School Committee[8]
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Setti Warren Mayor 2009 N/A
Ellen P. Gibson Ward 1 2013 2015
Margaret L. Albright Ward 2 2013 2015
Angela Pitter-Wright Ward 3 2011 2015
Diana Fisher Gomberg Ward 4 2011 2015
Steven Siegel Ward 5 2011 2015
Ruth E. Goldman Ward 6 2013 2015
Matt Hills Ward 7 2009 2015
Margie Ross Decter Ward 8 2009 2015

School board elections

See also: Newton Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Newton School Committee are elected to two-year terms. Eight seats were up for election in 2013 and eight seats will be up for election in 2015.[9]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Newton Public Schools:[10]

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
2011-2012 $142,306,418 82.8% $13,733,732 8% $10,035,979 5.8% $3,149,611 1.8% $2,609,819 1.5% $171,835,559
2012-2013 $147,763,411 82.7% $13,588,882 7.6% $8,980,305 5% $3,288,910 1.8% $5,159,737 2.9% $178,781,245
Averages: $145,034,914.5 83% $13,661,307 8% $9,508,142 5% $3,219,260.5 2% $3,884,778 2% $175,308,402

Teacher salaries

Newton Public Schools employed 952 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[11] Teacher salaries 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 courses. 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 Newton Teachers Association for 2013-2014:[12][13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 43,958 78,793
MA 47,820 85,644
MA + 30 51,395 92,377
MA + 45 52,898 94,361
MA + 60 or Ph.D. 54,692 98,273

Unions

Teachers and other employees in Newton are represented by the Newton Teachers Association, which is a part of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association.[14]

Schools in Newton Public Schools

Enrollment

Newton Public Schools serves 12,335 students. Newton Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.[2]

District schools

Newton Public Schools operates 22 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Newton Public Schools
School Name
Angier Elementary School
Bigelow Middle School
Bowen Elementary School
Brown Middle School
Burr Elementary School
Cabot Elementary School
Countryside Elementary School
F.A. Day Middle School
Franklin Elementary School
Horace Mann Elementary School
Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School
Mason-Rice Elementary School
Memorial Spaulding Elementary School
Newton Central High School
Newton North High School
Newton South High School
Oak Hill Middle School
Peirce Elementary School
Underwood Elementary School
Ward Elementary School
Williams Elementary School
Zervas Elementary School

Academic performance

MCAS Results for Newton Public Schools, Spring 2013[16]
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 79 57 21 12 59 45 19 36 2 8 979 93.3 N/A N/A
Grade 03 - Mathematics 85 66 52 31 33 36 11 22 4 11 981 93.7 N/A N/A
Grade 04 - English language arts 77 53 25 10 51 43 17 33 6 13 929 90.4 65.0 860
Grade 04 - Mathematics 75 52 42 18 33 34 21 38 4 10 934 91.0 71.0 864
Grade 05 - English language arts 85 66 41 18 44 47 11 24 5 10 1,022 94.2 66.0 957
Grade 05 - Mathematics 83 61 56 28 27 33 11 25 6 14 1,026 92.6 65.0 957
Grade 05 - Science and Tech/Eng 72 51 39 20 34 31 22 36 6 12 1,025 89.6 N/A N/A
Grade 06 - English language arts 85 67 33 16 52 51 10 23 5 10 905 94.3 58.0 829
Grade 06 - Mathematics 81 61 49 25 32 35 11 24 8 15 906 91.4 48.5 832
Grade 07 - English language arts 88 72 27 12 61 59 9 22 3 7 922 96.0 46.0 865
Grade 07 - Mathematics 80 52 49 19 30 33 14 27 6 21 931 90.9 58.0 877
Grade 08 - English language arts 92 78 43 20 49 58 5 15 3 7 894 96.5 59.0 839
Grade 08 - Mathematics 79 55 47 22 32 32 15 25 6 20 895 90.2 54.0 836
Grade 08 - Science and Tech/Eng 64 39 12 4 52 35 29 43 7 18 893 84.9 N/A N/A
Grade 10 - English language arts 97 91 70 45 27 46 2 7 1 2 894 99.0 59.0 742
Grade 10 - Mathematics 92 80 76 55 16 25 5 13 3 7 897 96.9 50.0 742
Grade 10 - Science and Tech/Eng 87 71 49 26 38 45 11 24 2 5 848 95.5 N/A N/A
All Grades - English language arts 86 69 37 19 49 50 11 23 3 8 6,545 94.8 59.0 5,092
All Grades - Mathematics 82 61 53 28 29 33 12 25 5 14 6,570 92.4 58.0 5,108
All Grades - Science and Tech/Eng 74 53 33 16 41 37 21 35 5 12 2,766 89.9 N/A N/A

Contact information

Newton Public Schools
100 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02460
Phone: 617-559-6000

Website evaluation

Last rated on January 29, 2013.

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The good

  • The budget for fiscal year 2013 is available on the school's website.[10]
  • Meeting minutes, agendas and times are posted online.[7]
  • Contact information is available for school committee members.[7]
  • Contact information is available for the administrator and some administrative officials.[5]
  • Audit information for fiscal year 2011 is available.[17]
  • Information about background checks is available in employee application forms.[18]

The bad

  • Local tax information is not listed.
  • Bids over $10,000 are not available online.
  • Public Records officer contact information is not available.
  • State or national academic performance scores are not available.

See also

External links

References

  1. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Cohort 2013 Graduation Rates," accessed January 28, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed January 28, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Middlesex County, Massachusetts," accessed September 10, 2013
  4. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed September 10, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Newton Public Schools, "Central Administration," accessed January 28, 2014
  6. Newton Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed January 28, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Newton Public Schools, "About School Committee," accessed January 28, 2014
  8. Newton Public Schools, "Current Members," accessed January 28, 2014
  9. Evan Allen, Boston Globe, "Mayoral field takes shape as cutoff looms," July 28, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Newton Public Schools, "Newton Public Schools FISCAL YEAR: 2011-12," accessed December 5, 2013
  11. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Teacher Data (2012-13)," accessed January 28, 2014
  12. Newton Public Schools, "Unit A: Memorandum of Agreement," October 28, 2011
  13. Newton Teachers Association, "Appendex A-1," accessed January 28, 2014
  14. Newton Teachers Association, "Home," accessed January 28, 2014
  15. Newton Public Schools, "Our Schools," accessed January 28, 2014
  16. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2013," accessed January 28, 2014
  17. Newton Public Schools, "FY11 Final Fiscal and Operational Report," September 12, 2011
  18. Newton Public Schools, "Note to Volunteers: Why CORI Reports?," September 12, 2011