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Perth Amboy Public Schools, New Jersey

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Perth Amboy Public Schools
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
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District Profile
Superintendent:Vivian Rodriguez
Graduation rate:58.9%
Number of schools:8
Budget: $224.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Obdulia Gonzalez
Board members:9
Term length:3
Perth Amboy Public Schools is a school district in New Jersey that served 10,278 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 15th-largest by enrollment in New Jersey.

About the district

Perth Amboy Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Perth Amboy is located along the Raritan River in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The population of Perth Amboy was 50,814 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


Perth Amboy lagged behind the state poverty rate based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The city had a poverty rate of 19.9% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Perth Amboy's median income at $45,369 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (15%) was below the state average (35%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Perth Amboy (%) New Jersey (%)
White 50.3 68.6
Black or African American 10.5 13.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 0.3
Asian 1.7 8.3
Two or More Races 5.6 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 78.1 17.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 82.5 16.9
2008 86.9 12.3
2004 - -
2000 - -


The interim superintendent of Perth Amboy Public Schools as of January 29, 2014 was Vivian Rodriguez. She was promoted from her position as assistant superintendent in January 2014 to replace Janine Caffrey. Caffrey was suspended by the school board in October 2013 and lost her appeal to an administrative judge.[3]

School board

The Perth Amboy Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected at-large to three-year terms.[4]

Perth Amboy Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Obdulia Gonzalez 2015
Israel Varela 2016
Dianne Roman 2014
Kenneth Puccio 2015
Milady Tejeda 2014
Maria Garcia 2014
Anthony Bermudez 2016
Samuel Lebreault 2016
William Ortiz 2015

School board elections

See also: Perth Amboy Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Three seats will be up for election in November 2014 and three seats will be on the ballot in November 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education does not maintain published guidelines for public participation in board meetings.


Perth Amboy Public Schools publishes annual budgets on its website.[5]

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 $64,751,340 28.6% $24,548,643 10.8% $35,595,195 15.7% $5,315,550 2.3% $96,486,866 42.6% $226,517,594
2012-2013 $67,238,265 29.9% $27,520,089 12.2% $25,051,000 11.1% $5,283,275 2.3% $99,824,395 44.4% $224,872,024
Averages: $65,994,802.5 29% $26,034,366 12% $30,323,097.5 13% $5,299,412.5 2% $98,155,630.5 43% $225,694,809

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Perth Amboy 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 teachers for 2013-2014:[6]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 48,000 86,700
MA 53,500 92,200
Ph.D. 55,200 93,900


Teachers in Perth Amboy Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Perth Amboy Federation (PAF-AFT). The president of PAF-AFT during the 2013-2014 school year was Diane Crawford.[7]

Schools in Perth Amboy Public Schools


The district served 10,278 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 6.7% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[8]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 9,630 -
2009 9,977 3.6
2010 10,473 4.9
2011 10,258 -2.0
2012 10,278 0.1

District schools

Perth Amboy Public Schools operates eight K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Perth Amboy Public Schools
Anthony V. Ceres Elementary School
James J. Flynn Elementary School
Edward J. Patten Elementary School
Dr. Herbert N. Richardson 21st Century Elementary School
Perth Amboy High School
Robert N. Wilentz Elementary School
Samuel E. Shull Middle School
William C. McGinnis Middle School

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 Perth Amboy Public Schools:[10]

Student proficiency, 2012-2013
Grade level Subject Partially Proficient (%) Proficient (%) Advanced Proficient (%)
3 English Language Arts 44.7 54.7 0.6
3 Math 35.0 42.1 22.9
4 English Language Arts 62.7 36.5 0.8
4 Math 41.2 42.5 16.3
5 English Language Arts 66.8 31.1 2.1
5 Math 42.7 39.1 18.1
6 English Language Arts 66.5 33.4 0.1
6 Math 45.0 44.7 10.3
7 English Language Arts 66.6 32.3 1.1
7 Math 69.8 23.2 7.0
8 English Language Arts 42.3 56.1 1.5
8 Math 65.4 27.2 7.3
11 English Language Arts 34.6 59.3 6.2
11 Math 38.7 52.0 9.4

Contact information

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Perth Amboy Public Schools
178 Barracks St.
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Phone: (732) 376-6200

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