Fall River Public Schools, Massachusetts

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Fall River Public Schools
Fall River, Massachusetts
Fall River Public Schools seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Meg Mayo-Brown
Enrollment:10,138 students
Graduation rate:75.5%[1]
Number of schools:15
Budget: $91.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:William Flanagan
Board members:7
Term length:2
Fall River Public Schools is a school district in Massachusetts that served 10,138 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2] This district is the 10th-largest by enrollment in the state of Massachusetts.

About the district

Fall River Public Schools is located in Bristol County, Massachusetts
Fall River Public Schools is located in Bristol 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.[3]

Demographics

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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Bristol County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 91.1 83.7
Black or African American 4.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 2.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 6.4 10.1

2012 Party Affiliation, Bristol County[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 123,044 36.43
Republican 34,914 10.34
Green-Rainbow 320 0.09
Unaffiliated 177,632 52.60
Other 1,800 0.53

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Fall River Public Schools is Meg Mayo-Brown.[6] 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.[7]

School board

Fall River Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board, six of whom are elected to two-year terms.[8] Fall River's mayor formally serves as the seventh member and Chairman of the board.

Fall River School Committee[8]
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
William Flanagan Mayor 2009 N/A
Mark Costa At-large 2005 2015
Joseph Martins At-large 2007 2015
Robert Maynard At-large 2009 2015
Paul Hart At-large 2011 2015
Gabriel Andrade At-large 2013 2015
Melissa Karam Panchley At-large 2013 2015

School board elections

See also: Fall River Public Schools elections (2013)

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.[9]

Public participation in board meetings

The Fall River School Committee maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[10]

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.[11]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Fall River 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
2011-2012 $65,128,002 78.2% $1,253,413 1.5% $15,848,261 19% $0 0% $1,007,706 1.2% $83,237,382
2012-2013 $69,095,930 78.4% $1,299,491 1.5% $16,702,063 19% $0 0% $1,030,745 1.2% $88,128,229
2013-2014 $71,062,277 78.1% $1,349,491 1.5% $17,509,347 19.2% $0 0% $1,078,885 1.2% $91,000,000
Averages: $68,428,736.33 78% $1,300,798.33 1% $16,686,557 19% $0 0% $1,039,112 1% $87,455,203.67

Teacher salaries

Fall River Public Schools employed 735 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[13] 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:[14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 37,860 64,316
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
Ph.D. 41,856 70,195

Unions

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.[15]

Schools in Fall River Public Schools

Enrollment

Fall River Public Schools serves 10,138 students. Fall River Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.[2]

District schools

Fall River Public Schools operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[16]

Fall River Public Schools
School Name
B.M.C. Durfee High School
Carlton Viveiros Elementary School
Frank M. Silvia Elementary School
James Tansey Elementary School
John J. Doran Elementary School
Letourneau Elementary
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

Academic performance

MCAS Results for Fall River Public Schools, Spring 2013[17]
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

Contact information

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Fall River Public Schools
417 Rock Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Phone: 508-675-8420

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • The school's budget is posted and available online.[12]
  • School Committee meetings are published on the district's website.[8]
  • Emails and direct contact information for the school committee and superintendent are available.[8][6]
  • Though construction bids and contracts over $10,000 are not available, the school district site hosts the contracts for all positions in the school.[18]
  • Contact information for the public records officer is available.[19]
  • Required background checks are elucidated in the application form for the school.[20]

The bad

  • Local tax information is unavailable.
  • Audit information is not posted.
  • Test scores for the state assessment system are not listed.

See also

External links

References

  1. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Cohort 2013 Graduation Rates," accessed January 28, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed January 28, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Bristol County, Massachusetts," accessed January 28, 2014
  4. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed November 18, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fall River Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed January 28, 2014
  7. Will Richmond, The Herald News, "Fall River to renew Meg Mayo-Brown's superintendent contract," November 30, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Fall River Public Schools, "School Committee Members," accessed January 28, 2014
  9. Will Richmond, The Herald News, "Fall River City Council sets 2013 municipal election calendar," January 23, 2013
  10. Fall River Public Schools, "Section A: Foundations and Basic Committments," accessed January 28, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fall River Public Schools, "FY14 Proposed Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
  13. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Teacher Data (2012-13)," accessed January 28, 2014
  14. Fall River Public Schools, "Agreement Between the Fall River, Massachusetts School Committee and the Fall River, Massachusetts Educators' Association," accessed January 28, 2014
  15. Fall River Educators' Association, "Home," accessed January 28, 2014
  16. Fall River Public Schools, "Our Schools," accessed January 28, 2014
  17. Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2013," accessed January 28, 2014
  18. Fall River Public Schools, "FRPS Current Contracts," accessed November 12, 2012
  19. Fall River Public Schools, "Special Education and Student Services," accessed November 12, 2012
  20. Fall River Public Schools, "CORI Request Form," accessed November 12, 2012