Newton Public Schools, Massachusetts

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Newton School Department is a school district in Massachusetts.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Massachusetts school district websites


The good

  • The budget for FY12 is available on the school's website. [1]
  • Meeting minutes, agendas, and times are posted online. [2]
  • Contact information is available for school committee members. [3]
  • Contact information is available for the administrator and some administrative officials. [4]
  • Audit information for FY11 is available. [5]
  • Information about background checks is available in employee application forms.[6]

The bad

  • Local tax information is not listed.
  • Neither contract information nor bids over $10,000 are available online.
  • Public Records officer contact information is not available.
  • State or national academic performance scores are not available.

Leadership

The Newton School Department is lead by a 9-member school committee, which includes the mayor. In addition to this, a superintendent administrates the school system.

School Board

  • Geoff Epstein, Ward 1
  • Jonathan Yeo, Ward 2
  • Angela Pitter, Ward 3
  • Diana Fisher Gomberg, Ward 4
  • Steve Siegel, Ward 5
  • Claire Sokoloff, Ward 6, Chair
  • Matt Hills, Ward 7, Vice chair
  • Margie Ross Decter, Ward 8
  • Setti Warren, Mayor

Administrative Officials

The superintendent of schools is Dr. David A. Fleishman. He has been superintendent since July, 2010.

Unions

Educators in the Newton school district are lead by the Newton Teacher's Association. NTA is affiliated with the larger Massachusetts Teachers Association.

Officers

  • Cheryl Turgel, President
  • Jane Roderick, 1st Vice president
  • Sue Cohen, 2nd Vice president
  • Robert Kane, Treasurer
  • Cindi Daily-Smith, Assistant Treasurer
  • Diane Jaquith, Recording Secretary
  • Rachael Simkins, Makela, Corresponding Secretary
  • David Curnick, Representative-at-large
  • Ashley Adams, MTA consultant

Budget

Newton Public Schools published its annual budget on their district website.[7]

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 $142,306,418 82.8% $13,733,732 8% $10,035,979 5.8% $3,149,611 1.8% $2,609,819 1.5% $171,835,559
2012-2013 $147,763,411 82.7% $13,588,882 7.6% $8,980,305 5% $3,288,910 1.8% $5,159,737 2.9% $178,781,245
Averages: $145,034,914.5 83% $13,661,307 8% $9,508,142 5% $3,219,260.5 2% $3,884,778 2% $175,308,402

Academic performance

The state of Massachusetts has a statewide assessment program called the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. The following are Newton Public School's performance records for MCAS 2011.

Newton Public Schools 2011 MCAS Results [8]
Grade and Subject Proficient or Higher ' Advanced ' Proficient ' Needs Improvement ' Warning/ Failing ' Students Included CPI SGP Included in SGP
DISTRICT STATE DISTRICT STATE DISTRICT STATE DISTRICT STATE DISTRICT STATE
GRADE 03 - READING 78 61 21 11 57 50 18 30 4 9 1,008 92.7 N/A N/A
GRADE 03 - MATHEMATICS 84 66 28 14 56 52 12 25 5 10 1,012 94.1 N/A N/A
GRADE 04 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 74 53 25 10 49 43 21 35 5 12 932 90.0 67.0 865
GRADE 04 - MATHEMATICS 74 47 36 15 38 32 22 42 4 11 936 90.8 67.0 870
GRADE 05 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 88 67 41 17 47 50 10 24 3 9 964 95.7 59.0 898
GRADE 05 - MATHEMATICS 85 59 57 25 28 34 11 26 4 15 967 93.6 67.0 903
GRADE 05 - SCIENCE AND TECH/ENG 75 50 30 14 45 36 22 36 4 15 967 90.7 N/A N/A
GRADE 06 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 88 68 39 17 49 51 9 23 3 9 862 94.5 58.0 812
GRADE 06 - MATHEMATICS 81 58 51 26 30 32 13 25 7 16 865 91.0 55.0 813
GRADE 07 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 91 73 30 14 61 59 7 21 2 6 861 96.6 60.0 810
GRADE 07 - MATHEMATICS 75 51 42 19 33 32 17 27 8 22 868 87.4 55.0 811
GRADE 08 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 93 79 41 20 52 59 4 15 3 6 818 97.0 60.0 766
GRADE 08 - MATHEMATICS 80 52 52 23 28 29 12 27 8 21 818 89.9 65.0 764
GRADE 08 - SCIENCE AND TECH/ENG 57 39 8 4 49 35 36 42 7 19 818 81.7 N/A N/A
GRADE 10 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 93 84 58 33 35 51 6 13 1 3 868 97.6 56.0 739
GRADE 10 - MATHEMATICS 92 77 74 48 18 29 6 16 2 7 866 96.7 51.0 734
GRADE 10 - SCIENCE AND TECH/ENG 86 67 43 20 43 47 13 27 1 7 797 95.1 N/A N/A
ALL GRADES - ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 86 69 36 17 50 52 11 23 3 8 6,313 94.8 60.0 4,890
ALL GRADES - MATHEMATICS 82 58 48 24 34 34 13 27 5 15 6,332 92.0 61.0 4,895

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