Stamford Public Schools, Connecticut

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Stamford Public Schools
Stamford, Connecticut
Stamford Public Schools Logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Winifred Hamilton
Graduation rate:85.3%
Number of schools:20
Budget: $245.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Geoff Alswanger
Board members:9
Term length:3
Stamford Public Schools is a school district in Connecticut that served 15,471 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] This district is the fifth largest by enrollment in the state of Connecticut.

About the district

Stamford Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Stamford Public Schools is located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. The population of Stamford was 122,643 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Stamford outperformed the rest of Connecticut based on median income and poverty levels but lags behind in higher education achievement in 2010. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Stamford was $78,201 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 11% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (43.9%) was higher than the state average (35.7%).[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Stamford (%) Connecticut (%)
White 65 77.6
Black or African American 13.9 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 7.9 3.8
Two or More Races 3.2 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 23.8 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 62.3 36.8
2008 64.1 35.3
2004 58.6 40.1
2000 62 34.3

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]


The current Superintendent of Stamford Public Schools is Winifred Hamilton. She has served in the position since her appointment in June 2012. Hamilton has worked as a teacher and administrator in the district for more than 40 years.[6]

School board

The Stamford Public Schools Board of Education consists of ten members elected at-large to three-year terms. The Mayor of Stamford serves as a non-voting member. Members of the Board of Education do not receive compensation for their service.[7]

Stamford Public Schools Board of Education
Member Party Term Ends
Geoff Alswanger Electiondot.png Democratic 2016
Lorraine Olson Ends.png Republican 2015
Julia Wade Electiondot.png Democratic 2017
John Leydon, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2016
Jackie Heftman Electiondot.png Democratic 2017
Betsy Allyn Electiondot.png Democratic 2017
Dolores Burgess Electiondot.png Democratic 2015
Jerry Pia Ends.png Republican 2015
Polly Rauh Electiondot.png Democratic 2015

School board elections

See also: Stamford Public Schools elections (2013) and Stamford Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election every year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November.

Public participation in board meetings

The Stamford Public Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[8]

Meetings of the Board of Education shall be conducted by the president of the Board of Education in a manner consistent with the adopted bylaws of the Board.

All Board meetings shall commence at the stated time and shall be guided by an agenda which will have been prepared and delivered in advance to all Board members and other designated persons.

The conduct of meetings shall, to the fullest possible extent, enable members of the Board (1) to consider problems to be solved, weigh evidence related thereto, and make wise decisions intended to solve the problems, and (2) to receive, consider and take any needed action with respect to reports of accomplishment both as to students and as to school system operations.

Provisions for permitting any individual or group to address the Board concerning any subject that lies within its jurisdiction shall be as follows:

1. At the beginning of each regular meeting, the Board may establish a time limit allowed to each speaker, with a maximum of 30 minutes per meeting being recommended for this portion of the agenda. The agenda of workshop sessions of the Board of Education may, but need not include a public participation session.

2. The Board of Education shall not permit any Board meeting conduct which disrupts or interrupts the orderly conduct of such meeting. A willful participant in such conduct may be removed from the meeting of the Board. The meeting room may be cleared, except for non-participating representatives of the press, in case of a disturbance.

3. The Board may, by a majority vote, decide to cancel or extend the public participation session.

4. Questions which can be answered during the hearing period may be answered at the option of the Board. Other inquiries which may require analysis/investigation will be answered as soon as possible.

The Board may adjourn any regular or special meeting to a specified time and place. If there is less than a quorum, the meeting may also be adjourned. A copy of the notice of adjournment shall be conspicuously displayed near the meeting room door within twenty-four hours of adjournment.[9]


The table below displays the budget for Stamford 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
2012-2013 $191,626,908 81% $0 0% $44,972,835 19% $0 0% $117,415 0% $236,717,158
2013-2014 $198,722,020 81.1% $0 0% $46,231,524 18.9% $0 0% $119,415 0% $245,072,959
Averages: $195,174,464 81% $0 0% $45,602,179.5 19% $0 0% $118,415 0% $240,895,058.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Stamford 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 the Stamford Education Association for 2013-2014:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 48,333 75,030
B.A. 15 48,842 75,686
MA 53,065 90,547
MA 15 54,334 91,865
6th Year 55,574 101,084
Ph.D. 59,572 104,834


Teachers at Stamford Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Stamford Education Association (SEA). The current President of SEA is Michael Arcano.[12]

Schools in Stamford Public Schools


The district served 15,471 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 3.9% increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007 14,881 -
2008 14,861 -0.1
2009 15,036 1.1
2010 15,281 1.6
2011 15,471 1.2

District schools

Stamford Public Schools operates 20 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Stamford Public Schools
AITE High School
Cloonan Middle School
Davenport Ridge Elementary School
Dolan Middle School
Hart Magnet School
Julia A. Stark Elementary School
K.T. Murphy Elementary School
Newfield Elementary School
Northeast Elementary School
Rippowam Middle School
Rogers International School
Roxbury Elementary School
Scofield Magnet School
Springdale Elementary School
Stamford High School
Stillmeadow Elementary School
Toquam Magnet School
Turn of River Middle School
Westhill High School
Westover Magnet School

Academic performance

The Connecticut State Department of Education published a Strategic District Profile about Stamford Public Schools after the 2011-2012 school year. This profile includes the results of standardized tests used to meet requirements set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) assesses reading, writing and mathematics proficiency levels among students in grades three through eight. The Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) measures proficiency levels in reading, writing, mathematics and science among tenth graders. The following tables compare CMT and CAPT results from Stamford Public Schools to state proficiency levels:[14]

CMT Results, 2011-2012
Grade Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Grade 3 Reading 55.6 59.2
Grade 3 Writing 56.8 62.7
Grade 3 Mathematics 61.8 66.5
Grade 4 Reading 58.5 64.1
Grade 4 Writing 61.6 65.3
Grade 4 Mathematics 64.6 68.0
Grade 5 Reading 61.6 67.6
Grade 5 Writing 63.4 68.1
Grade 5 Mathematics 69.3 71.6
Grade 5 Science 57.5 63.9
Grade 6 Reading 64.5 74.1
Grade 6 Writing 57.4 67.4
Grade 6 Mathematics 65.6 69.3
Grade 7 Reading 73.8 79.8
Grade 7 Writing 57.6 65.6
Grade 7 Mathematics 64.3 68.1
Grade 8 Reading 68.5 76.8
Grade 8 Writing 62.5 68.3
Grade 8 Mathematics 55.4 67.2
Grade 8 Science 54.5 61.9

CAPT Results, 2011-2012
Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Reading Across the Disciplines 33.2 47.5
Writing Across the Disciplines 51.7 63.0
Mathematics 38.2 49.2
Science 33.3 47.1

Contact information

Stamford Public Schools Logo.png
Stamford Public Schools Board of Education
Government Center
888 Washington Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: (203) 977-4098

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Connecticut State Department of Education, "Connecticut Education Data and Research," accessed January 9, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Stamford," accessed October 24, 2013
  3. Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 10, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  6. Stamford Advocate, "Hamilton named superintendent," June 19, 2012
  7. Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be A School Board Member," accessed January 10, 2014
  8. Stamford Public Schools, "Policy Handbook," accessed January 10, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Stamford Public Schools, "Current Year Approved Final Budget," accessed November 26, 2013
  11. Stamford Education Association, "2013-2014 Effective Salary Schedule," accessed January 10, 2014
  12. Stamford Education Association, "Executive Board 2013-2016," accessed January 10, 2014
  13. Stamford Public Schools, "Our Schools," January 10, 2014
  14. Connecticut State Department of Education, "Strategic School Profile Reports," accessed January 10, 2014