Springfield Public Schools, Massachusetts

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Springfield Public Schools
Springfield, Massachusetts
Springfield Public Schools seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Daniel J. Warwick
Enrollment:25,283 students
Graduation rate:52.1%
Number of schools:56
Budget: $448.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Domenic J. Sarno
Board members:7
Term length:4
Springfield Public Schools is a school district in Massachusetts that serves the city of Springfield. It is the second-largest school district in Massachusetts, serving 25,283 students in 56 schools.[1][2]

About the district

Springfield Public Schools is located in Hampden County, Massachusetts
Springfield Public Schools is located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Hampden County is Springfield. According to the 2010 US Census, Hampden County is home to 465,923 residents.[3]

Demographics

Hampden County under performed in comparison to the rest of Massachusetts in terms of median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Hampden County was $48,866 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Hampden County was 16.6% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 23.9% of Hampden County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Hampden County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 84.0 83.7
Black or African American 10.5 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.5
Asian 2.2 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 22.0 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 112,321 39.23
Republican 37,692 13.16
Green-Rainbow 338 0.12
Unaffiliated 134,536 46.99
Other 1,420 0.50


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]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools is Daniel J. Warwick, who was appointed on June 18, 2012 by the Springfield School Committee. Warwick earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from Westfield State University, an M.Ed. and a C.A.G.S. from American International College and fellowships for Advanced Educational Learning from American International College, Harvard University and the University of Pittsburgh. He began his career as a substitute teacher in Springfield Public Schools and continued on to serve as a teacher, master teacher for the Pupil Adjustment Program, supervisor of special education, assistant superintendent of schools and deputy superintendent. Superintendent Warwick has announced that this primary focuses are "improving student attendance, academic achievement and the district’s graduation rate."[6]

School board

Springfield Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board, six of whom are elected to four-year terms. Springfield's mayor formally serves as the seventh member and Chairman of the board.[7]

Springfield School Committee
Member District Term Ends
Domenic J. Sarno Mayor N/A
Denise M. Hurst At-large 2017
Calvin McFadden At-large 2017
Rosa Perez District 1 2017
Barbara Gresham District 2 2017
Christopher Collins District 3 2017
Peter M. Murphy District 4 2017

School board elections

See also: Springfield Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Springfield School Committee are elected to four-year terms. In 2007, local voters approved a change to the electoral system for the School Committee. Instead of electing all six board members at-large for staggered terms, only two board members are now elected at-large and the other four board members are elected by geographical districts. Board member terms are no longer staggered.[8] There was no primary election 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 2017.

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Springfield 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
2010-2011 $258,560,243 64.3% $26,313,020 6.5% $117,381,431 29.2% $0 0% $0 0% $402,254,694
2011-2012 $270,538,348 65.9% $25,599,757 6.2% $114,435,427 27.9% $0 0% $0 0% $410,573,532
2012-2013 $289,424,726 68.8% $26,089,236 6.2% $105,330,037 25% $0 0% $0 0% $420,843,999
2013-2014 $301,387,776 68.9% $27,406,882 6.3% $108,693,430 24.8% $0 0% $0 0% $437,488,088
2014-2015 $260,676,603 58.1% $7,403,924 1.7% $58,880,230 13.1% $0 0% $128,954,942 28.8% $448,511,775
Averages: $276,117,539.2 65% $22,562,563.8 5% $100,944,111 24% $0 0% $25,790,988.4 6% $423,934,417.6

Teacher salaries

Springfield Public Schools employed approximately 2,119 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[10] In the current contract between the school district and the Springfield Education Association, teachers are placed into salary categories based on qualifications and experience. During the 2013-14 school year, the minimum pay for teachers is $39,291, and the maximum pay is $68,418. During the 2014-15 school year, the minimum pay for teachers will be $40,076 and the maximum pay will be $69,786. During the final year of the contract in the 2015-16 school year, the minimum pay for teachers will be $40,878, and the maximum pay will be $71,182.[11]

Unions

Teachers and other employees in Springfield are represented by the Springfield Education Association, which is a part of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association.[12]

Schools in Springfield

Enrollment

Springfield Public Schools serves 25,283 students in 56 schools. Springfield Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.[1]

District schools

Springfield Public Schools operates 56 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[2]

Springfield Public Schools
School Name
Adult Education Center G.E.D. Program
Alfred G. Zanetti Montessori Magnet School
Alfred M. Glickman School
Alice B. Beal School
Arthur T. Talmadge School
Balliet Middle School
Brightwood School
Chestnut Accelerated Middle School
Daniel B. Brunton School
Early College High School @ HCC
Elias Brookings School
Edward P. Boland School
Forest Park Middle School
Frank H. Freedman School
Frederick Harris School
Gateway to College @ HCC
Gateway to College @ STCC
German Gerena Community School
Glenwood School
High School of Commerce
Hiram L. Dorman School
Homer Street School
Indian Orchard Elementary School
John F. Kennedy Middle School
John J. Duggan Middle School
Kensington International School
Liberty Preparatory Academy
Liberty School
Lincoln School
M. Marcus Kiley Middle School
Margaret C. Ells School
Mary A. Dryden Veterans Memorial School
Mary M. Lynch School
Mary M. Walsh School
Mary O. Pottenger School
Milton Bradley School
Rebecca Johnson School
Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy
Samuel Bowles School
South End Middle School
Springfield Central High School
Springfield High School
Springfield High School of Science & Technology
Springfield Public Day Elementary School
Springfield Public Day High School
Springfield Public Day Middle School
Springfield Renaissance School
STEM Middle Academy
Student Attendance Resource Center
Sumner Avenue School
Thomas M. Balliet School
Van Sickle Middle School
Warner School
Washington School
White Street School
William N. DeBerry School

Academic performance

MCAS Results for Springfield Public Schools, Spring 2013[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 35 57 4 12 31 45 50 36 15 8 1,913 72.7 N/A N/A
Grade 03 - Mathematics 52 66 19 31 33 36 29 22 19 11 1,912 76.1 N/A N/A
Grade 04 - English language arts 31 53 2 10 29 43 43 33 26 13 1,861 66.2 39.0 1,547
Grade 04 - Mathematics 33 52 8 18 26 34 49 38 18 10 1,868 70.0 49.0 1,551
Grade 05 - English language arts 42 66 7 18 36 47 37 24 21 10 1,765 72.2 50.0 1,491
Grade 05 - Mathematics 41 61 15 28 27 33 31 25 28 14 1,773 67.8 53.0 1,499
Grade 05 - Science and Tech/Eng 33 51 8 20 25 31 44 36 23 12 1,773 67.1 N/A N/A
Grade 06 - English language arts 28 67 2 16 27 51 40 23 32 10 1,808 61.3 26.5 1,500
Grade 06 - Mathematics 23 61 5 25 18 35 29 24 48 15 1,807 52.4 22.0 1,495
Grade 07 - English language arts 33 72 2 12 31 59 43 22 23 7 1,806 68.1 38.0 1,492
Grade 07 - Mathematics 13 52 3 19 10 33 25 27 63 21 1,839 42.9 24.0 1,519
Grade 08 - English language arts 46 78 4 20 42 58 28 15 26 7 1,759 71.2 42.0 1,452
Grade 08 - Mathematics 28 17 55 4 22 14 32 25 58 20 1,746 46.0 39.0 1,458
Grade 08 - Science and Tech/Eng 8 39 1 4 8 35 36 43 55 18 1,735 43.1 N/A N/A
Grade 10 - English language arts 74 91 15 45 59 46 19 7 7 2 1,489 90.5 48.0 1,040
Grade 10 - Mathematics 45 80 21 55 24 25 27 13 28 7 1,495 69.7 37.0 1,047
Grade 10 - Science and Tech/Eng 29 71 5 26 24 45 50 24 21 5 1,343 65.5 N/A N/A
All Grades - English language arts 40 69 5 19 36 50 38 23 22 8 12,401 71.3 40.5 8,522
All Grades - Mathematics 32 61 10 28 22 33 31 25 37 14 12,440 60.7 36.0 8,569
All Grades - Science and Tech/Eng 23 53 4 16 19 37 43 35 34 12 4,851 58.1 N/A N/A

Issues

Student attendance initiative

In March 2013, Springfield Public Schools launched the "Stay in School" campaign to promote greater and more consistent student attendance at district schools. Superintendent Warwick emphasized the importance of community efforts to increase attendance, stating, "Our parents pushed us to go to school every day and do the right thing and the community pushed us to succeed. We understood the value of education. ...We not only want to graduate our kids but we want them to get to college. We need to do more and it's up to the staff, parents and the community to make that difference."[14]

Partnership with Harvard

During the 2013-2014 school year, Springfield Public Schools began partnering with the Education Innovation Laboratory of Harvard University in order to reduce the achievement gap in five struggling district schools. These schools are Chestnut, Kennedy and Kiley Middle Schools, the High School of Commerce and DeBerry Elementary School. Harvard researchers are evaluating their resources and developing new practices and a comprehensive curriculum for these schools.[15]

Payroll error

In 2011, more than 1,400 teachers in the school district were overpaid by a combined $1.2 million. District administration argued that the mistake began with the payroll department, and that the problem was caused by teachers who were eligible for a salary increase receiving an additional step raise as well. The school district set up repayment plans for those teachers who were overpaid, which was not agreed to by the Springfield Education Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association.[16]

Contact information

Springfield Public Schools seal.png

School Committee
Springfield Public Schools
1550 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: 413-787-7100

Website evaluation

Last rated on November 12, 2012.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget documents, including revenue information, are posted.[17]
  • School committee members are listed; direct contact information is provided for only some members.[7]
  • Meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes.[7]
  • Administrators are listed with department contact information.[18][6]
  • Collective bargaining agreements are posted.[19]
  • Criminal record check requirements are noted in the application packet for employment.[19]
  • Academic performance results are posted. Testing information is also provided.[20]

The bad

  • Local tax information is not provided.
  • Vendor information, including contract and bidding opportunities, is not provided.
  • Public records request information is not disclosed.
  • Audit documents are not posted.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed September 23, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Springfield Public Schools, "Schools in Our District," accessed September 23, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hampden County, Massachusetts," accessed September 23, 2013
  4. Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed September 23, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Springfield Public Schools, "Biography of Mr. Daniel J. Warwick," accessed September 23, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Springfield Public Schools, "School Committee - Springfield, MA," accessed September 23, 2013
  8. Springfield, Massachusetts, "The Change To A Mixed Method Of Representation," accessed September 23, 2013
  9. Springfield Public Schools, "Business and Finance Department," accessed December 12, 2014
  10. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Teacher Data (2012-13)," accessed September 23, 2013
  11. Springfield Public Schools, "Tentative Agreement Between Springfield School Committee and Springfield Education Association," accessed September 23, 2013
  12. Springfield Education Association, "Home," accessed September 23, 2013
  13. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2013," accessed September 23, 2013
  14. Elizabeth Roman, The Republican, "Stay in School initiative promotes daily attendance in Springfield public schools," March 25, 2013
  15. ABC 40, "Springfield Teams Up with Harvard to Improve Schools," January 10, 2013
  16. Sify News, "Massachusetts teachers must give back $1.2M," March 5, 2011
  17. Springfield Public Schools, "Business and Financial Services Department," accessed September 23, 2013
  18. Springfield Public Schools, "SPS Departments, Programs & Organizations," accessed September 23, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 Springfield Public Schools, "Human Resources," accessed September 23, 2013
  20. Springfield Public Schools, "District Report Cards," accessed September 23, 2013