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Passaic Public Schools
Passaic County, New Jersey
Passaic Public Schools seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Pablo Muñoz
Enrollment:13,136 students
Graduation rate:71.3%[1]
Number of schools:16
Budget: $256.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Byron Bustos
Board members:9
Term length:3
Passaic Public Schools is a school district in New Jersey that served 13,136 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the eighth-largest by enrollment in the state of New Jersey.

About the district

Passaic Public Schools is located in Passaic County, New Jersey
Passaic Public Schools is located in Passaic County, New Jersey. The county seat of Passaic County is Paterson. Passaic County is home to 502,885 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Passaic County outperformed the rest of New Jersey in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.8% of Passaic County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 35.4% for New Jersey as a whole. The median household income in Passaic County was $57,540 compared to $71,637 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Passaic County was 15.8% compared to 9.9% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Passaic County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 75.9 73.8
Black or African American 14.7 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.5 0.6
Asian 5.5 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 38.3 18.5

2013 Party Affiliation, Passaic County[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 97,693 33.08
Republican 52,360 17.73
Libertarian 75 0.03
Green 25 0.01
Other 38 0.01
Unaffiliated 145,114 49.14

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.[5]


The superintendent of Passaic Public Schools is Pablo Muñoz, whom the school board appointed to the position beginning on October 23, 2013.[6] During each year of the five-year contract, Muñoz will earn a minimum of $200,000 with the opportunity for performance bonuses. Before taking the position, he served as the superintendent of Elizabeth Public Schools from 2006 to 2013. In the Elizabeth school district, Muñoz split the high school into six specialized schools, increased the number of credits necessary for students to graduate and became the target of multiple lawsuits from district employees. The lawsuits alleged that the superintendent and the school board leadership were pressuring district employees to make political contributions, along with denying promotions to certain employees for political reasons.[7]

School board

Passaic Public Schools is overseen by a nine-member board, all of whom are elected at-large to three-year terms.[8]

Passaic Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Byron Bustos 2015
Richard Diaz 2017
Peter Rosario 2016
Maryann Capursi 2016
Kenia Flores 2017
Salim Patel 2015
Craig Miller 2016
Ronald Van Rensalier 2015
Horacio "Ray" Carrera 2017

School board elections

See also: Passaic Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Passaic Board of Education are elected to three-year terms. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Passaic Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:

The Board of Education recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on school matters of community interest.

In order to permit the fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board shall set aside a portion of every Board meeting, the length of the portion to be determined by the Board, for public comment on any school or school district issue that a member of the public feels may be of concern to the residents of the school district.

Public participation shall be governed by the following rules:

1. A participant must be recognized by the presiding officer and must preface comments by an announcement of his/her name, place of residence, and group affiliation, if appropriate;

2. Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to five minutes’ duration;

3. No participant may speak more than once on the same topic until all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard;

4. All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no participant may address or question Board members individually;

5. The presiding officer may:

a. Interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant;

b. Request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum;

c. Request the assistance of law enforcement officers in the removal of a disorderly person when that person's conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting;

d. Call for a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum so interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to warrant such action; and

e. Waive these rules when necessary for the protection of privacy or the efficient administration of the Board's business.[9]

—Passaic Public Schools website, (2014), [10]


The table below displays the budget for Passaic Public Schools:[11]

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 $196,287,839 76.4% $14,485,525 5.6% $14,311,681 5.6% $779,871 0.3% $30,904,391 12% $256,769,307
Averages: $196,287,839 76% $14,485,525 6% $14,311,681 6% $779,871 0% $30,904,391 12% $256,769,307

Teacher salaries

Passaic Public Schools employed 1,055 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[12] Passaic Public Schools does not publicly release the salary schedule of its teachers.

Schools in Passaic Public Schools


Passaic Public Schools served 13,136 students during the 2011-2012 school year. Passaic Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Passaic Public Schools operates 16 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Passaic Public Schools
School Name
Casimir Pulaski No. 8
Daniel Ryan No. 19
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School No. 6
Etta Gero No. 9
Lincoln Middle School
Mario Drago No. 3
Passaic High School
School No. 5
School No. 16
School No. 17
Theodore Roosevelt School No. 10
Thomas Jefferson No. 1
Ulysses Grant School No. 7
Vincent Capuana No. 15
Washington School No. 2
William B. Cruise Memorial School No. 11

Academic performance

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 Passaic Public Schools:[14]

Student proficiency, 2012-2013
Grade level Subject Partially Proficient (%) Proficient (%) Advanced Proficient (%)
3 English Language Arts 56.1 43.7 0.2
3 Math 39.3 39.3 21.4
4 English Language Arts 70.3 29.3 0.4
4 Math 36.9 44.7 18.4
5 English Language Arts 64.5 34.6 0.9
5 Math 35.4 40.2 24.3
6 English Language Arts 65.8 34.1 0.1
6 Math 44.4 48.6 6.9
7 English Language Arts 70.4 28.8 0.8
7 Math 64.6 29.9 5.5
8 English Language Arts 41.5 56.7 1.8
8 Math 55.3 32.3 12.3
11 English Language Arts 31.5 65.0 3.5
11 Math 46.8 47.8 5.4

Contact information

Passaic Public Schools seal.png
Passaic Public Schools
101 Passaic Avenue
Passaic, NJ 07055
Phone: 973-470-8984

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