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Stamford Public Schools, Connecticut
|Stamford Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||20|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Geoff Alswanger|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Stamford Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtFairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. The population of Stamford was 122,643 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
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%).
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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.
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.
|Stamford Public Schools Board of Education|
|John Leydon, Jr.||Republican||2016|
School board elections
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:
|“||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.
The table below displays the budget for Stamford Public Schools:
|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|
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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers at Stamford Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Stamford Education Association (SEA). The current President of SEA is Michael Arcano.
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Stamford Public Schools operates 20 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|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|
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:
|CMT Results, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Subject Area||District Students Meeting Goal (%)||State Students Meeting Goal (%)|
|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|
- Stamford Public Schools elections (2013)
- Stamford Public Schools elections (2014)
- List of school districts in Connecticut
- School Board Elections portal
- Stamford Public Schools
- City of Stamford
- Connecticut State Department of Education
- Connecticut Association of Boards of Education
- Stamford Education Association
- Connecticut State Department of Education, "Connecticut Education Data and Research," accessed January 9, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Stamford," accessed October 24, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Stamford Advocate, "Hamilton named superintendent," June 19, 2012
- Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be A School Board Member," accessed January 10, 2014
- Stamford Public Schools, "Policy Handbook," accessed January 10, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Stamford Public Schools, "Current Year Approved Final Budget," accessed November 26, 2013
- Stamford Education Association, "2013-2014 Effective Salary Schedule," accessed January 10, 2014
- Stamford Education Association, "Executive Board 2013-2016," accessed January 10, 2014
- Stamford Public Schools, "Our Schools," January 10, 2014
- Connecticut State Department of Education, "Strategic School Profile Reports," accessed January 10, 2014