Fall River Public Schools, Massachusetts
|Fall River Public Schools|
|Fall River, Massachusetts|
|Number of schools:||15|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||William Flanagan|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Fall River Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtBristol County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Bristol County is Taunton. Bristol County is home to 551,082 residents, according to the 2010 United States Census.
Bristol County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Massachusetts in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.2% of Bristol County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 39.0% for Massachusetts as a whole. The median household income in Bristol County was $55,995 compared to $66,658 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Bristol County was 12.0% compared to 11.0% for the entire state.
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 superintendent of Fall River Public Schools is Meg Mayo-Brown. Mayo-Brown first served as the interim superintendent following former Superintendent Nicholas A. Fischer's resignation in December 2008. She was formally appointed to the position by the School Committee in May 2009.
Fall River Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board, six of whom are elected to two-year terms. Fall River's mayor formally serves as the seventh member and Chairman of the board.
|Fall River School Committee|
|Member||District||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Melissa Karam Panchley||At-large||2013||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Fall River School Committee are elected to two-year terms. Six seats were up for election in 2013 and six seats will be up for election in 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Fall River School Committee maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
|“||All regular and special meetings of the School Committee shall be open to the public. Executive sessions will be held only as prescribed by the Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The School Committee desires citizens of the District to attend its meetings so that they may become better acquainted with the operations and the programs of our local public schools. In addition, the Committee would like the opportunity to hear the wishes and ideas of the public.
In order that all citizens who wish to be heard before the Committee have a chance and to ensure the ability of the Committee to conduct the District's business in an orderly manner, the following rules and procedures are adopted:
1. At the start of each regularly scheduled School Committee meeting, individuals or group representatives will be invited to address the Committee. The Chairperson shall determine the length of the public participation segment.
2. Speakers will be allowed three (3) minutes to present their material. The presiding Chairperson may permit extension of this time limit.
3. Topics for discussion must be limited to direct school-related issues and not be in conflict with procedure #6.
4. Improper conduct and remarks will not be allowed. Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order. If a speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks, the Chairperson may terminate that individual’s privilege of address.
5. All remarks will be addressed through the Chairperson of the meeting.
6. Speakers may offer such objective criticisms of the school operations and programs as concern them, but in public session the Committee will not hear personal complaints of school personnel nor against any member of the school community. Under most circumstances, administrative channels are the proper means for disposition of legitimate complaints involving staff members.
7. Written comments longer than three (3) minutes may be presented to the Committee before or after the meeting for the Committee members’ review and consideration at an appropriate time.
The table below displays the budget for Fall River Public Schools:
|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|
Fall River Public Schools employed 735 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries 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 courses with raises at 15-credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The current salary schedule is not available, but the following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Fall River Educators' Association for 2012-2013:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 15||38,397||65,200|
|B.A. + 30||38,935||66,089|
|B.A. + 45||39,480||66,974|
|B.A. + 60 or MA||39,988||67,480|
|MA + 15||40,260||67,921|
|MA + 30||40,532||68,362|
|MA + 45||40,802||68,806|
|MA + 60||41,349||69,689|
Teachers and other employees in Fall River are represented by the Fall River Educators' Association, which is a part of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association.
Schools in Fall River Public Schools
Fall River Public Schools serves 10,138 students. Fall River Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.
Fall River Public Schools operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Fall River Public Schools|
|B.M.C. Durfee High School|
|Carlton Viveiros Elementary School|
|Frank M. Silvia Elementary School|
|James Tansey Elementary School|
|John J. Doran Elementary School|
|Matthew J. Kuss Middle School|
|Morton Middle School|
|Mary L. Fonseca Elementary School|
|Resiliency Preparatory School|
|Samuel Watson Elementary School|
|Spencer Borden Elementary School|
|Stone Therapeutic Day Middle School|
|Talbot Innovation Middle School|
|William S. Greene Elementary School|
|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||29||45||47||36||19||8||864||72.8||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 03 - Mathematics||44||66||13||31||32||36||32||22||23||11||859||72.0||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 04 - English language arts||36||53||8||10||28||43||38||33||26||13||827||67.6||49.0||729|
|Grade 04 - Mathematics||30||52||8||18||22||34||51||38||19||10||828||68.6||57.0||733|
|Grade 05 - English language arts||47||66||10||18||37||47||32||24||21||10||788||74.1||52.0||687|
|Grade 05 - Mathematics||43||61||16||28||27||33||28||25||29||14||783||68.7||52.0||686|
|Grade 05 - Science and Tech/Eng||28||51||8||20||20||31||45||36||27||12||782||63.9||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 06 - English language arts||42||67||4||16||38||51||38||23||20||10||758||71.4||44.0||680|
|Grade 06 - Mathematics||34||61||9||25||25||35||34||24||32||15||757||63.6||43.5||676|
|Grade 07 - English language arts||51||72||5||12||46||59||33||22||16||7||803||78.1||51.0||692|
|Grade 07 - Mathematics||27||52||8||19||19||33||31||27||42||21||811||57.3||44.0||698|
|Grade 08 - English language arts||54||78||7||20||46||58||31||15||15||7||788||78.2||42.0||690|
|Grade 08 - Mathematics||32||55||10||22||22||32||31||25||37||20||779||60.2||35.0||694|
|Grade 08 - Science and Tech/Eng||19||39||1||4||19||35||44||43||37||18||778||54.9||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 10 - English language arts||80||91||29||45||50||46||15||7||5||2||543||92.0||55.0||406|
|Grade 10 - Mathematics||57||80||31||55||26||25||25||13||18||7||555||77.8||30.0||416|
|Grade 10 - Science and Tech/Eng||53||71||12||26||41||45||35||24||12||5||497||77.9||N/A||N/A|
|All Grades - English language arts||47||69||9||19||39||50||34||23||18||8||5,371||75.5||49.0||3,884|
|All Grades - Mathematics||37||61||13||28||25||33||34||25||29||14||5,372||66.5||45.0||3,903|
|All Grades - Science and Tech/Eng||31||53||6||16||25||37||42||35||27||12||2,057||63.9||N/A||N/A|
Last rated on November 12, 2012.
|Transparency grading process|
- The school's budget is posted and available online.
- School Committee meetings are published on the district's website.
- Emails and direct contact information for the school committee and superintendent are available.
- Though construction bids and contracts over $10,000 are not available, the school district site hosts the contracts for all positions in the school.
- Contact information for the public records officer is available.
- Required background checks are elucidated in the application form for the school.
- Local tax information is unavailable.
- Audit information is not posted.
- Test scores for the state assessment system are not listed.
- Massachusetts school districts
- List of school districts in Massachusetts
- Fall River Public Schools elections (2013)
- School board elections portal
- Fall River Public Schools
- Fall River Educators' Association
- Fall River, Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Massachusetts Association of School Committees
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Cohort 2013 Graduation Rates," accessed January 28, 2014
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed January 28, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Bristol County, Massachusetts," accessed January 28, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed November 18, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Fall River Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed January 28, 2014
- Will Richmond, The Herald News, "Fall River to renew Meg Mayo-Brown's superintendent contract," November 30, 2011
- Fall River Public Schools, "School Committee Members," accessed January 28, 2014
- Will Richmond, The Herald News, "Fall River City Council sets 2013 municipal election calendar," January 23, 2013
- Fall River Public Schools, "Section A: Foundations and Basic Committments," accessed January 28, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Fall River Public Schools, "FY14 Proposed Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Teacher Data (2012-13)," accessed January 28, 2014
- Fall River Public Schools, "Agreement Between the Fall River, Massachusetts School Committee and the Fall River, Massachusetts Educators' Association," accessed January 28, 2014
- Fall River Educators' Association, "Home," accessed January 28, 2014
- Fall River Public Schools, "Our Schools," accessed January 28, 2014
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2013," accessed January 28, 2014
- Fall River Public Schools, "FRPS Current Contracts," accessed November 12, 2012
- Fall River Public Schools, "Special Education and Student Services," accessed November 12, 2012
- Fall River Public Schools, "CORI Request Form," accessed November 12, 2012