Worcester Public Schools, Massachusetts

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Worcester Public Schools
Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester Public Schools seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Melinda Boone
Enrollment:24,740 students
Graduation rate:74.3%
Number of schools:52
Budget: $354.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Joseph M. Petty
Board members:7
Term length:2
Worcester Public Schools is a school district in Massachusetts that serves the city of Worcester. It is the third-largest school district in Massachusetts, serving 24,740 students in 52 schools.[1][2]

About the district

Worcester Public Schools is located in Worcester County, Massachusetts
Worcester Public Schools is located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Worcester County is Worcester. According to the 2010 US Census, Worcester County is home to 806,163 residents.[3]

Demographics

Worcester County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of poverty rates but under performed in terms of median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Worcester County was $65,772 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Worcester County was 9.9% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 33.3% of Worcester County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Worcester County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 88.4 83.7
Black or African American 5.0 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 4.3 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 9.8 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 145,412 29.28
Republican 63,915 12.87
Green-Rainbow 610 0.12
Unaffiliated 283,943 57.18
Other 2,686 0.54


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.[5]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools is Dr. Melinda Boone, who was appointed on July 1, 2009 by the Worcester School Committee. Dr. Boone earned her Bachelor's degree from the Hampton Institute and her Master's degree in Audiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. She continued on to receive her C.A.G.S. from Old Dominion University and her Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary.[6] Dr. Boone receives a salary of $180,000 per year.[7] She has set the following goals for the school district:[8]

  • 100 percent of students will be guaranteed a rigorous core curriculum resulting in measurable gains in student learning
  • A 50 percent reduction in the proficiency gap in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science & Technology/Engineering by 2016-17
    • In ELA, a CPI of 88.1 by 2016-17
    • In Mathematics, a CPI of 83.7 by 2016-17
    • In Science & Technology/Engineering, a CPI of 80.8 by 2016-17
  • Increase the WPS graduation rate to 90 percent over 4 years or 95 percent over 5 years by 2016-17
  • A 50 percent reduction in the annual dropout rate to 1.9 percent by 2016-17
  • 100 percent of graduates will successfully complete high school coursework that prepares them for both college and career

School board

Worcester Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board, six of whom are elected to two-year terms.[9] Worcester's mayor formally serves as the seventh member and Chairman of the board.

Worcester School Committee[10]
Member District Term Ends
Joseph M. Petty Mayor N/A
Dianna Biancheria At-large 2015
Hilda Ramirez At-large 2015
John L. Foley At-large 2015
John F. Monfredo At-large 2015
Tracy A. O'Connell Novick At-large 2015
Brian A. O'Connell At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Worcester Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Worcester School Committee are elected to two-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Six seats were up for election in 2013 and six seats will be up for election in 2015.[11]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Worcester Public Schools:[12]

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 $202,313,010 59.9% $32,305,599 9.6% $85,572,416 25.3% $0 0% $17,750,825 5.3% $337,941,850
2013-2014 $208,149,597 59.8% $33,401,509 9.6% $88,911,418 25.5% $0 0% $17,750,802 5.1% $348,213,326
2014-2015 $208,560,235 58.8% $36,718,959 10.4% $22,880,928 6.5% $0 0% $86,259,511 24.3% $354,419,633
Averages: $206,340,947.33 59% $34,142,022.33 10% $65,788,254 19% $0 0% $40,587,046 12% $346,858,269.67

Teacher salaries

Worcester Public Schools employed approximately 1,581 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[13] Neither the school district nor the Educational Association of Worcester have publicly released the current contract, but the 2011-2012 contract placed teachers into salary categories based on qualifications and experience. During the 2011-2012 school year, the minimum pay for teachers was $41,628, and the maximum pay was $81,373.[13]

Unions

Teachers and other employees in Worcester are represented by the Educational Association of Worcester, which is a part of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association.[14]

Schools in Worcester

Enrollment

Worcester Public Schools serves 24,740 students in 52 schools. Worcester Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.[1]

District schools

Worcester Public Schools operates 52 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[2]

Worcester Public Schools
School Name
ACT Program at Chandler Magnet
Alternative School at St. Casimir's
Belmont Street Community School
Burncoat High School
Burncoat Middle School
Burncoat Street Preparatory School
Canterbury Magnet Computer-Based School
Chandler Elementary Community School
Chandler Magnet School
City View Discovery School
Claremont Academy
Clark Street Developmental Learning School
Columbus Park Preparatory Academy
Doherty Memorial High School
Dr. Arthur F. Sullivan Middle School
Dr. James A. Caradonio New Citizens Center
Elm Park Community School
Flagg Street School
Forest Grove Middle School
Francis J. McGrath Elementary School
Gates Lane School of International Studies
Gerald Creamer Center
Goddard School of Science and Technology
Grafton Street School
Hartwell Learning Center
Heard Street Discovery Academy
Jacob Hiatt Magnet School
James L. Garvey Parent Information Center
Lake View School
Lincoln Street School
May Street School
Midland Street School
Nelson Place School
Norrback Avenue School
North High School
Quinsigamond School
Rice Square School
Robert H. Goddard Academy
Roosevelt School
South High Community School
Tatnuck Magnet School
Thorndyke Road School
Union Hill School
University Park Campus School
Vernon Hill School
Wawecus Road School
West Tatnuck School
Woodland Academy
Woodward Day School
Worcester Arts Magnet School
Worcester East Middle School
Worcester Technical High School

Academic performance

MCAS Results for Worcester Public Schools, Spring 2013[15]
Grade and Subject ' Proficient or Higher ' Advanced ' Proficient ' Needs Improvement ' Warning/ Failing Students Included CPI SGP Included in SGP
Grade and subject District State District State District State District State District State
Grade 03 - Reading 34 57 5 12 28 45 51 36 16 8 1,787 71.7 N/A N/A
Grade 03 - Mathematics 43 66 14 31 29 36 30 22 26 11 1,788 70.3 N/A N/A
Grade 04 - English language arts 35 53 5 10 30 43 39 33 25 13 1,767 67.2 48.0 1,531
Grade 04 - Mathematics 31 52 9 18 22 34 47 38 22 10 1,765 67.7 50.0 1,530
Grade 05 - English language arts 50 66 12 18 39 47 30 24 20 10 1,756 75.2 57.0 1,540
Grade 05 - Mathematics 43 61 16 28 27 33 30 25 27 14 1,755 67.8 53.0 1,553
Grade 05 - Science and Tech/Eng 29 51 9 20 21 31 45 36 26 12 1,751 64.2 N/A N/A
Grade 06 - English language arts 52 67 7 16 45 51 31 23 17 10 1,665 76.9 56.0 1,466
Grade 06 - Mathematics 45 61 15 25 29 35 28 24 27 15 1,676 69.8 57.0 1,475
Grade 07 - English language arts 53 72 6 12 47 59 32 22 14 7 1,683 78.9 49.0 1,453
Grade 07 - Mathematics 34 52 11 19 23 33 28 27 38 21 1,700 60.9 41.0 1,467
Grade 08 - English language arts 59 78 9 20 49 58 25 15 16 7 1,589 79.5 45.0 1,352
Grade 08 - Mathematics 33 55 11 22 22 32 26 25 41 20 1,590 59.7 42.0 1,367
Grade 08 - Science and Tech/Eng 21 39 2 4 20 35 41 43 38 18 1,587 54.8 N/A N/A
Grade 10 - English language arts 80 91 27 45 53 46 15 7 5 2 1,585 92.1 57.0 1,171
Grade 10 - Mathematics 62 80 37 55 25 25 22 13 16 7 1,589 80.1 49.0 1,182
Grade 10 - Science and Tech/Eng 46 71 9 26 36 45 44 24 10 5 1,455 76.3 N/A N/A
All Grades - English language arts 51 69 10 19 41 50 32 23 16 8 11,832 77.1 51.0 8,513
All Grades - Mathematics 41 61 16 28 26 33 31 25 28 14 11,863 68.0 49.0 8,574
All Grades - Science and Tech/Eng 32 53 6 16 25 37 43 35 25 12 4,793 64.8 N/A N/A

Issues

National award for principal

On September 10, 2013, Worcester Technical High School principal Sheila M. Harrity won the National Association of Secondary School Principals' "High School Principal of the Year" award. Jacqueline Reis of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette noted that, "Worcester Tech's academic credentials have improved dramatically since [Harrity's] arrival. The percent of students scoring proficient or above on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams in English language arts rose from 27 to 88, and the percent of those scoring proficient or above on math went from 35 to 78. The school began offering Advanced Placement courses in 2008. The school's graduation rate, 96.4 percent, is the best in the district." Harrity responded by praising the students at her school and insisting to them that, "..the galaxy is the limit."[16]

Academic dishonesty

In January 2011, student results in English language arts, mathematics and science and technology in grades three through six were invalidated due to evidence of cheating. Proctors of the 2010 MCAS test coached students and wrote answers or portions of answers on behalf of their students. This academic dishonesty was discovered at the Goddard School of Science and Technology, where most of its students had performed below the proficiency benchmark in the previous year. District administration did not undertake disciplinary actions for any of the teachers involved.[17]

Contact information

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School Committee
Worcester Public Schools
20 Irving Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: 508-799-3032

Website evaluation

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The good

  • Current and archived budget documents, including revenue information, are posted.[12]
  • School board members are listed with contact information.[10]
  • Meeting schedule is posted, along with current and archived agendas. Action sheets for each meeting are also posted.[10]
  • Administrators are listed with contact information.[18]
  • Teacher salary, benefits, mileage and employment information is posted.[19]
  • Academic performance information is posted.[20]

The bad

  • Local tax information is not provided.
  • Teacher and vendor contracts are not posted.
  • Audit reports are not posted.
  • Background check requirements for employees are not disclosed.
  • Public records information and request procedures are not provided.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed September 25, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Worcester Public Schools, "Schools Directory," accessed September 25, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Worcester County, Massachusetts," accessed September 25, 2013
  4. Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed September 25, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Worcester Women's Oral History Project, "Transcript," February 28, 2013
  7. Amy Carboneau, EnterpriseNews.com, "Superintendent shortage has schools paying top dollar," May 19, 2013
  8. Worcester Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. Worcester Public Schools, "Rules of the School Committee of the City of Worcester," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Worcester Public Schools, "School Committee," accessed September 25, 2013
  11. Worcester, Massachusetts, "Election Calendar," accessed September 25, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Worcester Public Schools, "Chief Financial and Operations Officer," accessed December 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Teacher Data (2012-13)," accessed September 25, 2013
  14. Educational Association of Worcester, "About Us," accessed September 25, 2013
  15. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2013," accessed September 25, 2013
  16. Jacqueline Reis, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "Worcester Tech Principal Sheila Harrity gets national honor," September 10, 2013
  17. Linda Bock, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "MCAS test results invalidated at Worcester elementary school," January 21, 2011
  18. Worcester Public Schools, "District Administration," accessed September 25, 2013
  19. Worcester Public Schools, "Human Resources," accessed September 25, 2013
  20. Worcester Public Schools, "NCLB School Report Cards Information," accessed September 25, 2013