Waterbury Public Schools, Connecticut
|Waterbury Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||26|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Charles L. Stango|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Waterbury Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtNew Haven County in southern Connecticut. The population of Waterbury was 110,189 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Waterbury lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The city had a poverty rate of 20.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.5%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Waterbury's median income at $41,499 while the state median income was $69,243. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (17.2%) was below 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.
The current Superintendent of Waterbury Public Schools is Dr. Kathleen Ouellette. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2011. Ouelette previously served as the Superintendent of Manchester Public Schools from 2004 to 2011.
The Waterbury Public Schools Board of Education consists of ten members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. The Mayor of Waterbury serves as the Board Chair. Members of the Board of Education do not receive compensation for their service.
|Waterbury Public Schools Board of Education|
|Member||Party||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Charles L. Stango||Republican||2013||2017|
|Jason Van Stone||Republican||2011||2015|
|Elizabeth C. Brown||Democratic||2011||2015|
|Patrick J. Hayes, Jr.||Democratic||2011||2015|
|Catherine N. Awwad||Republican||2013||2015|
|Karen E. Harvey||Democratic||2013||2017|
|Bryan E. McEntee||Republican||2013||2015|
|Thomas Van Stone, Sr.||Republican||2013||2017|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and five seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Waterbury Public Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
|“||a) All meetings of the Board of Education shall be open to the public with the exception of executive sessions (cf. 9320-Meetings)
b) All meetings of the Board shall be held at its office or at any other place designated by a majority vote of the Board.
c) The Board shall hold its regular meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month, except in July and August, when meetings shall be held only on the first Thursday. The President of the Board shall have the discretion to reschedule meetings which under the above formula would otherwise fall on a holiday.
d) All meetings shall be held at 6:30pm or at any other time designated by the majority vote of the Board. Committee meetings shall be held at 5:30pm, unless otherwise designated by the Chairman.
e) Special meetings may be called and held whenever requested in writing by any three members. The written request shall contain a description of the matters to be considered, and shall be sent to the President of the Board with a copy to the Clerk of the Board. No business shall be transacted at such special meeting other than that specified in the call.
f) Citizens are encouraged to submit prepared written statements to the Commissioners. Comments by an individual shall be limited to a maximum of three minutes. Commissioners believe that this will permit wider participation while also expediting the business of the meeting.
g) Commissioners may respond to the concerns and/or comments of public speakers only with the permission of the Chair and without debate.
|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 Waterbury 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 Waterbury Teachers Association for 2013-2014:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|6th Year + 15||49,944||82,431|
Teachers at Waterbury Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Waterbury Teachers Association (WTA). The current President of WTA is Kevin Egan.
Schools in Waterbury Public Schools
The district served 17,814 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 1.2% decrease in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Waterbury Public Schools operates 26 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Waterbury Public Schools|
|Bucks Hill Elementary School|
|Bunker Hill Elementary School|
|B.W. Tinker Elementary School|
|Carrington Elementary School|
|Chase Elementary School|
|Crosby High School|
|Driggs Elementary School|
|Duggan Elementary School|
|F.J. Kingsbury Elementary School|
|Generali Elementary School|
|John G. Gilmartin Elementary School|
|Hopeville Elementary School|
|Kennedy High School|
|Maloney Magnet School|
|North End Middle School|
|Reed Elementary School|
|Regan Elementary School|
|Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School|
|Sprague Elementary School|
|Wallace Middle School|
|Walsh Elementary School|
|Waterbury Arts Magnet School|
|Waterbury Career Academy High School|
|Wendell Cross Elementary School|
|West Side Middle School|
|Wilby High School|
The Connecticut State Department of Education published a Strategic District Profile about Waterbury 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 Waterbury 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||18.2||47.5|
|Writing Across the Disciplines||34.8||63.0|
- Main article: Evaluation of Connecticut school district websites
Last rated on October 29, 2012.
|Transparency grading process|
- Administrative Officials
- Officials are listed with phone numbers.
- Elected Officials
- Board of education members are listed with contact information.
- Meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes are provided.
- Union contracts are posted.
- Academic performance is noted in the annual reports.
- Budgets are not posted.
- Administrative Officials
- Email addresses are not provided.
- Audits are not posted.
- Vendor contracts are not available.
- Public Records
- No information on how to request public records.
- Tax information is not provided.
- Background Checks
- Background check policy is not available.
- District page
- Connecticut State Department of Education
- City of Waterbury
- Connecticut Association of Boards of Education
- Waterbury Teachers Association
- Connecticut State Department of Education, "Connecticut Education Data and Research," accessed January 7, 2014
- City of Waterbury, "United States Census Data," accessed October 8, 2013
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 8, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Waterbury Observer, "Waterbury Board Of Education Selects New School Chief - Dr. Kathleen Ouellette," August 8, 2011
- Manchester Patch, "Ouellette's Departure Leaves Plenty of Questions," August 9, 2011
- Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be A School Board Member," accessed January 7, 2014
- Waterbury Public Schools, "Board of Education Policies," accessed January 7, 2014 (dead link)
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Waterbury Public Schools, "School Business Office," accessed November 26, 2013 (dead link)
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
- Waterbury Teachers Association, "Contracts/Downloads," accessed January 7, 2014
- Waterbury Teachers Association, "Executive Board Members," accessed January 7, 2014
- Waterbury Public Schools, "School Information 2013-2014," accessed January 7, 2014
- Connecticut State Department of Education, "Strategic School Profile Reports," accessed January 7, 2014
- Waterbury Public Schools, "Staff Directory," accessed January 7, 2014
- Waterbury Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed January 7, 2014 (dead link)
- Waterbury Public Schools, "Human Resources," accessed January 7, 2014
- Waterbury Public Schools, "Office of the Superintendent," accessed January 7, 2014 (dead link)