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Syracuse City School District, New York
|Syracuse City School District|
|Syracuse, New York|
|Number of schools:||30|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Patricia Body|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salary
- 6 Schools in district
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the district
Syracuse lags behind state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (25.9%) exceeds the state average (32.5%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Syracuse's median income at $31,689 while the state median income was $56,951. Syracuse had a poverty rate of 32.3% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 14.5%.
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 Syracuse City School District is Sharon Contreras. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2011 to replace Dan Lowengard. Contreras previously served as Chief Academic Officer at Clayton County Public Schools in Georgia and Providence Public Schools in Rhode Island. She earned an annual salary of $204,000 in 2011-2012 with potential bonuses up to $10,000 in the first year and $15,000 in each of the last two years of her contract.
The Syracuse Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. Each member of the board receives an annual stipend of $7,500 as well as compensation for expenses accrued during district business.
|Syracuse Board of Education|
|Derrick L. Dorsey||2017|
School board elections
Members of the Syracuse Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were on the ballot on November 5, 2013 and four seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
The Syracuse City School District's budget is published on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
The Syracuse City School District employed 1,594 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year. The salary schedule for district teachers determines annual pay based on "steps" or years of experience and educational achievement. Teachers can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate credits with pay increases provided at five-credit intervals. The following excerpts the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Syracuse Teachers Association valid through June 30, 2014
|Step||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in district
The district served 19,713 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 1.8% decrease in enrollment between 2009 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2011:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Syracuse City School District operates 30 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Syracuse City School District|
|Bellevue Elementary School|
|Clary Middle School|
|Corcoran High School|
|Danforth Middle School|
|Delaware Elementary School|
|Dr. King Elementary School|
|Dr. Weeks Elementary School|
|Ed Smith K-8 School|
|Expeditionary Learning Middle School|
|Fowler High School|
|Franklin Elementary School|
|Frazer K-8 School|
|Grant Middle School|
|Henninger High School|
|Hughes Elementary School|
|Huntington K-8 School|
|HW Smith K-8 School|
|Institute of Technology at Central|
|LeMoyne Elementary School|
|Lincoln Middle School|
|McKinley-Brighton Elementary School|
|Meachem Elementary School|
|Nottingham High School|
|Porter Elementary School|
|Roberts Pre-K-8 School|
|Salem Hyde Elementary School|
|Seymour Dual Language Academy|
|Van Duyn Elementary School|
|Webster Elementary School|
|Westside Academy at Blodgett|
The New York State Education Department facilitates assessment of student performance throughout the state in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These annual evaluations determine where students fit into the State Testing Program's standards for grades 3 through 8 and high school. The following tables detail how Syracuse City School District compared to state averages across grade cohorts in both categories with percentages indicating students who reached Level 2 or higher on state tests:
|Student Proficiency Levels, English Language Arts, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Syracuse (%)||New York (%)|
|Student Proficiency Levels, Mathematics, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Syracuse (%)||New York (%)|
Defining performance indicators
The New York State Testing Program assesses student performance based on a four-point scale for each test category:
- Level 1: Below Standard: Student performance does not demonstrate an understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.
- Level 2: Meets Basic Standard: Student performance demonstrates a partial understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.
- Level 3: Meets Proficiency Standard: Student performance demonstrates an understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.
- Level 4: Exceeds Proficiency Standard: Student performance demonstrates a thorough understanding of the academic discipline for a particular grade level.
Lawsuit by former employee
Pearlene Amica, a former vice principal at Lincoln Middle School, sued the Board of Education and district officials for wrongful termination in May 2013. The district fired Amica after investigating four occasions of alleged incompetence including a strip search of a student suspected of carrying drugs and a mishandling of several confrontations in the school. New York Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood issued a decision in August 2013 that supported the district's decision, citing a thorough three-day hearing into the allegations against Amica.
|Transparency grading process|
- Board of Education committee meeting schedules and minutes are available.
- An employee directory provides position and contact information for all District administrative employees.
- The website includes bargaining unit employee contracts.
- Background check information is provided on available employment applications.
- Local tax information is not available.
- District budgets are not posted online.
- Bids, RFPs, and current contracts are not available.
- District audits are not posted.
- There is no information on requesting public records.
- Academic performance information is not available.
- New York State Education Department, "State Report Card," accessed September 5, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Syracuse," accessed September 5, 2013
- New York State Board of Elections, "Voter Enrollment by County," accessed September 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Syracuse City School District, "Superintendent's Biography Accessed September 5, 2013
- Syracuse.com, "Syracuse school board votes unanimously to appoint Sharon Contreras as next superintendent," March 16, 2011
- Syracuse City School District, "Board Policies," accessed September 5, 2013
- Syracuse City School District, "2014-15 Budget Information," accessed December 12, 2014
- Syracuse City School District, "Unit 1 Contract," accessed September 5, 2013
- Syracuse City School Districst, "Home," accessed September 5, 2013
- Syracuse.com, "Judge upholds termination of Syracuse City School District vice principal who strip-searched 12-year-old," August 8, 2013
- Syracuse City School District, "Staff Directory," accessed September 5, 2013