Toms River Regional Schools, New Jersey

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Toms River Regional Schools
Ocean County, New Jersey
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District Profile
Superintendent:Tom Gialanella (Interim)
Enrollment:16,574 students
Graduation rate:89.7%
Number of schools:18
Budget: $221.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Joseph Torrone
Board members:9
Term length:3
Toms River Regional Schools is a school district in New Jersey that serves Ocean County. It is the 5th-largest school district in New Jersey, serving 16,574 students in 18 schools with an operating budget of $221.8 million.[1]

About the district

Toms River Regional Schools is located in Ocean County, New Jersey
Toms River Regional Schools serves Ocean County communities including Toms River, South Toms River, Pine Beach and Beachwood. The population of Ocean County was 576,565 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]

Demographics

Ocean County lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The county had a poverty rate of 9.5% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Ocean County's median income at $60,712 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of county residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (24.5%) was below the state average (35%).[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Ocean County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 93.1 73.8
Black or African American 3.4 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.6
Asian 1.9 9
Two or More Races 1.2 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 8.7 18.5

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 - -
2008 40.1 58.4
2004 38.9 60.1
2000 47.1 48.8

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.[4]

Superintendent

The current superintendent of Toms River Regional Schools is Tom Gialanella, who is serving as interim until a new appointment is made. Gialanella recently retired from Jackson School District where he served as superintendent for 11 years.[5]

School board

The Toms River Regional School Board has nine members that are elected by district to three-year terms. Six are elected from Toms River Township, and one each from the Boroughs of Pine Beach, Beachwood, and South Toms River.[6]

Toms River Regional School Board
Member Role District Term Ends
Joseph Torrone President Toms River District 2015
Ginny Rhine Vice President Toms River District 2015
Gigi Esparza Member South Toms River District 2015
Ben Giovine Member Toms River District 2014
Gloria McCormack Member Beachwood District 2016
Alex Pavliv Member Toms River District 2014
Walt Ramsay Member Pine Beach District 2016
James Sigurdson Member Toms River District 2016
Loreen Torrone Member Toms River District 2014

School board elections

See also: Toms River Regional Schools elections (2013)

Three seats on the Toms River Regional School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. Three seats will be up for election in 2014 and three seats will be up in 2015.

Budget

Toms River Regional Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[1]

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 $140,704,591 63.7% $0 0% $65,241,215 29.5% $6,768,462 3.1% $8,440,884 3.8% $221,012,452
2013-2014 $144,537,807 65.2% $0 0% $63,849,241 28.8% $6,682,098 3% $6,749,573 3% $221,782,219
Averages: $142,621,199 64% $0 0% $64,545,228 29% $6,725,280 3% $7,595,228.5 3% $221,397,335.5

Teacher salaries

Toms River Regional School District does not publish its teacher salary schedule on its website.

Schools in Toms River Regional Schools

Enrollment

Toms River Regional Schools serves 16,574 students, as of 2012-2013 enrollment data. The district experienced a 3.5% decrease in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:[7]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 17,168 -
2009 17,102 -0.4
2010 16,955 -0.9
2011 16,777 -1.0
2012 16,574 -1.2

District schools

Toms River Regional Schools operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[8]

Toms River Regional Schools
School Name
Beachwood Elementary School
Cedar Grove Elementary School
Citta Elementary School
East Dover Elementary School
High School East
High School North
High School South
Hooper Avenue Elementary School
Intermediate East
Intermediate North
Intermediate South
North Dover Elementary School
Pine Beach Elementary School
Silver Bay Elementary School
South Toms River Elementary School
Walnut Street Elementary School
Washington Street Elementary School
West Dover Elementary School

Issues

Corruption charges and financial mismanagement

A 250 page report, found here, said that the insurance broker for the district operated without contract and had few checks and balances. This made it difficult to trace the use of taxpayer money.[9]

Former Superintendent, Jerome Ballarotto, is facing corruption charges from the FBI.[10]

Another former Superintendent Michael J. Ritacco is also facing corruption charges and the school district has decided to withhold Ritacco's sick/leave pay of $53,149 until the trial is completed.[11] The school board approved a name change to the arena that bore Ritacco's name to Pine Belt Arena. Pine Belt Auto Group will pay $100,000 a year for 5 years for the naming.[12]

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Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of New Jersey school district websites


The good

  • Contact information for administrative officials is posted.[13]
  • Meeting minutes and agendas are posted.[14]
  • Elected officials are posted, but their contact information is not available.[15]
  • It has a public records request form here.
  • Budget is posted, but was hard to find. It was found in the news section when it was released.

The bad

  • Contact and term information for elected officials is not available.
  • Website does not have a search function.
  • Audits are not available.
  • Information regarding background checks is not posted.
  • Academic Performance is not noted.

Contact information

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Toms River Regional School Board
1144 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, New Jersey 08753
Phone: (732) 505-5500

See also

External links

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