Waterbury Public Schools, Connecticut

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Waterbury Public Schools
Waterbury, Connecticut
Waterbury Public Schools Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Kathleen Ouellette
Enrollment:17,814
Graduation rate:65.7%
Number of schools:26
Budget: $353.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Charles L. Stango
Board members:10
Term length:4
Waterbury Public Schools is a school district in Connecticut that served 17,814 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] This district is the fourth largest by enrollment in the state of Connecticut.

About the district

Waterbury Public Schools is located in New Haven County, Connecticut
Waterbury Public Schools is located along the Naugatuck River in New Haven County in southern Connecticut. The population of Waterbury was 110,189 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]

Demographics

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%).[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Waterbury (%) Connecticut (%)
White 58.8 77.6
Black or African American 20.1 10.1
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.3
Asian 1.8 3.8
Two or More Races 4.6 2.6
Hispanic or Latino 31.2 13.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 64.9 34.3
2008 62.9 35.7
2004 49.2 48.7
2000 56.1 38.5

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.[4]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Waterbury Public Schools is Dr. Kathleen Ouellette. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2011.[5] Ouelette previously served as the Superintendent of Manchester Public Schools from 2004 to 2011.[6]

School board

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.[7]

Waterbury Public Schools Board of Education
Member Party Assumed Office Term Ends
Charles L. Stango Ends.png Republican 2013 2017
Jason Van Stone Ends.png Republican 2011 2015
Elizabeth C. Brown Electiondot.png Democratic 2011 2015
Patrick J. Hayes, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2011 2015
Catherine N. Awwad Ends.png Republican 2013 2015
Karen E. Harvey Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017
Juanita Hernandez Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017
Felix Rodriguez Electiondot.png Democratic 2013 2017
Bryan E. McEntee Ends.png Republican 2013 2015
Thomas Van Stone, Sr. Ends.png Republican 2013 2017

School board elections

See also: Waterbury Public Schools elections (2013)

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:[8]

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.[9]

Budget

Waterbury Public Schools does not publish its annual budget on its website.[10][11]

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
2010-2011 $257,476,000 72.8% $13,416,000 3.8% $81,583,000 23.1% $568,000 0.2% $682,000 0.2% $353,725,000
Averages: $257,476,000 73% $13,416,000 4% $81,583,000 23% $568,000 0% $682,000 0% $353,725,000

Teacher salaries

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:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 42,300 70,307
B.A. 15 43,755 72,747
MA 45,241 75,135
MA 15 46,872 77,605
6th Year 48,464 79,990
6th Year + 15 49,944 82,431
Ph.D. 51,504 84,843

Unions

Teachers at Waterbury Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Waterbury Teachers Association (WTA). The current President of WTA is Kevin Egan.[13]

Schools in Waterbury Public Schools

Enrollment

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:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007 18,033 -
2008 18,057 0.1
2009 17,884 -0.9
2010 17,902 0.1
2011 17,814 -0.4

District schools

Waterbury Public Schools operates 26 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

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

Academic performance

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:[15]

CMT Results, 2011-2012
Grade Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Grade 3 Reading 34.9 59.2
Grade 3 Writing 47.2 62.7
Grade 3 Mathematics 46.7 66.5
Grade 4 Reading 41.0 64.1
Grade 4 Writing 46.7 65.3
Grade 4 Mathematics 47.4 68.0
Grade 5 Reading 41.0 67.6
Grade 5 Writing 41.5 68.1
Grade 5 Mathematics 46.3 71.6
Grade 5 Science 29.1 63.9
Grade 6 Reading 47.2 74.1
Grade 6 Writing 39.4 67.4
Grade 6 Mathematics 35.6 69.3
Grade 7 Reading 60.4 79.8
Grade 7 Writing 39.9 65.6
Grade 7 Mathematics 36.0 68.1
Grade 8 Reading 53.0 76.8
Grade 8 Writing 43.8 68.3
Grade 8 Mathematics 30.4 67.2
Grade 8 Science 24.8 61.9


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
Mathematics 11.7 49.2
Science 9.7 47.1

Contact information

Waterbury Public Schools Logo.jpg
Waterbury Board of Education
236 Grand Street
Waterbury, CT 06702-1973
Phone: (203) 574-8009
Email: cswain@waterbury.k12.ct.us

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Connecticut school district websites

Last rated on October 29, 2012.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Administrative Officials
    • Officials are listed with phone numbers.[16]
  • Elected Officials
    • Board of education members are listed with contact information.[17]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes are provided.[17]
  • Contracts
    • Union contracts are posted.[18]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance is noted in the annual reports.[19]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budgets are not posted.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Email addresses are not provided.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not posted.
  • Contracts
    • Vendor contracts are not available.
  • Public Records
    • No information on how to request public records.
  • Taxes
    • Tax information is not provided.
  • Background Checks
    • Background check policy is not available.

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Connecticut State Department of Education, "Connecticut Education Data and Research," accessed January 7, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 City of Waterbury, "United States Census Data," accessed October 8, 2013
  3. Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 8, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Waterbury Observer, "Waterbury Board Of Education Selects New School Chief - Dr. Kathleen Ouellette," August 8, 2011
  6. Manchester Patch, "Ouellette's Departure Leaves Plenty of Questions," August 9, 2011
  7. Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be A School Board Member," accessed January 7, 2014
  8. Waterbury Public Schools, "Board of Education Policies," accessed January 7, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Waterbury Public Schools, "School Business Office," accessed November 26, 2013
  11. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  12. Waterbury Teachers Association, "Contracts/Downloads," accessed January 7, 2014
  13. Waterbury Teachers Association, "Executive Board Members," accessed January 7, 2014
  14. Waterbury Public Schools, "School Information 2013-2014," accessed January 7, 2014
  15. Connecticut State Department of Education, "Strategic School Profile Reports," accessed January 7, 2014
  16. Waterbury Public Schools, "Staff Directory," accessed January 7, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 Waterbury Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed January 7, 2014
  18. Waterbury Public Schools, "Human Resources," accessed January 7, 2014
  19. Waterbury Public Schools, "Office of the Superintendent," accessed January 7, 2014