Springfield Public Schools, Massachusetts
|Springfield Public Schools|
|Superintendent:||Daniel J. Warwick|
|Number of schools:||56|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Domenic J. Sarno|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Springfield
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the districtHampden County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Hampden County is Springfield. According to the 2010 US Census, Hampden County is home to 465,923 residents.
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.
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.
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."
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.
|Springfield School Committee|
|Domenic J. Sarno||Mayor||N/A|
|Denise M. Hurst||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
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. 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.
Springfield Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|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|
Springfield Public Schools employed approximately 2,119 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. 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.
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.
Schools in Springfield
Springfield Public Schools serves 25,283 students in 56 schools. Springfield Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.
Springfield Public Schools operates 56 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Springfield Public Schools|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|White Street School|
|William N. DeBerry School|
|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|
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."
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.
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.
Last rated on November 12, 2012.
|Transparency grading process|
- Budget documents, including revenue information, are posted.
- School committee members are listed; direct contact information is provided for only some members.
- Meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes.
- Administrators are listed with department contact information.
- Collective bargaining agreements are posted.
- Criminal record check requirements are noted in the application packet for employment.
- Academic performance results are posted. Testing information is also provided.
- 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.
- School board elections portal
- Springfield Public Schools elections (2013)
- Massachusetts school districts
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- Hampden County, Massachusetts ballot measures
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- Springfield Public Schools
- Springfield Education Association
- Springfield, Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Massachusetts Association of School Committees
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed September 23, 2013
- Springfield Public Schools, "Schools in Our District," accessed September 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Hampden County, Massachusetts," accessed September 23, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed September 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Springfield Public Schools, "Biography of Mr. Daniel J. Warwick," accessed September 23, 2013
- Springfield Public Schools, "School Committee - Springfield, MA," accessed September 23, 2013
- Springfield, Massachusetts, "The Change To A Mixed Method Of Representation," accessed September 23, 2013
- Springfield Public Schools, "Fiscal Year 2014: Springfield Public Schools Operating Budget," accessed September 23, 2013
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Teacher Data (2012-13)," accessed September 23, 2013
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- Springfield Education Association, "Home," accessed September 23, 2013
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2013," accessed September 23, 2013
- Elizabeth Roman, The Republican, "Stay in School initiative promotes daily attendance in Springfield public schools," March 25, 2013
- ABC 40, "Springfield Teams Up with Harvard to Improve Schools," January 10, 2013
- Sify News, "Massachusetts teachers must give back $1.2M," March 5, 2011
- Springfield Public Schools, "Business and Financial Services Department," accessed September 23, 2013
- Springfield Public Schools, "SPS Departments, Programs & Organizations," accessed September 23, 2013
- Springfield Public Schools, "Human Resources," accessed September 23, 2013
- Springfield Public Schools, "District Report Cards," accessed September 23, 2013