Stamford Public Schools, Connecticut

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Stamford Public Schools
Stamford, Connecticut
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District Profile
Superintendent:Winifred Hamilton
Graduation rate:85.3%
Number of schools:20
Budget: $245.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Geoff Alswanger
Board members:9
Term length:3
Stamford Public Schools is a school district in Connecticut that served 15,471 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] This district is the fifth largest by enrollment in the state of Connecticut.

About the district

Stamford Public Schools is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Stamford Public Schools is located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut. The population of Stamford was 122,643 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Stamford outperformed the rest of Connecticut based on median income and poverty levels but lags behind in higher education achievement in 2010. The 2010 U.S. Census found the median income in Stamford was $78,201 while the state median income was $69,243. The city's poverty rate was 11% compared to the state's 9.5% poverty rate. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (43.9%) was higher than the state average (35.7%).[2]


The current Superintendent of Stamford Public Schools is Winifred Hamilton. She has served in the position since her appointment in June 2012. Hamilton has worked as a teacher and administrator in the district for more than 40 years.[4]

School board

The Stamford Public Schools Board of Education consists of ten members elected at-large to three-year terms. The Mayor of Stamford serves as a non-voting member. Members of the Board of Education do not receive compensation for their service.[5]

Stamford Public Schools Board of Education
Member Party Term Ends
Geoff Alswanger Electiondot.png Democratic 2016
Lorraine Olson Ends.png Republican 2015
Julia Wade Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
John Leydon, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2016
Jackie Heftman Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Gary Klein Electiondot.png Democratic 2014
Richard Lyons, II Electiondot.png Democratic 2016
Jerry Pia Ends.png Republican 2015
Polly Rauh Electiondot.png Democratic 2015

School board elections

See also: Stamford Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election every year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November.

Public participation in board meetings

The Stamford Public Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:


Stamford Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[6]

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 $191,626,908 81% $0 0% $44,972,835 19% $0 0% $117,415 0% $236,717,158
2013-2014 $198,722,020 81.1% $0 0% $46,231,524 18.9% $0 0% $119,415 0% $245,072,959
Averages: $195,174,464 81% $0 0% $45,602,179.5 19% $0 0% $118,415 0% $240,895,058.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Stamford 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 Stamford Education Association for 2013-2014:[7]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 48,333 75,030
BA 15 48,842 75,686
MA 53,065 90,547
MA 15 54,334 91,865
6th Year 55,574 101,084
Ph.D. 59,572 104,834


Teachers at Stamford Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Stamford Education Association (SEA). The current President of SEA is Michael Arcano.[8]

Schools in Stamford Public Schools


The district served 15,471 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 3.9% increase 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 14,881 -
2008 14,861 -0.1
2009 15,036 1.1
2010 15,281 1.6
2011 15,471 1.2

District schools

Stamford Public Schools operates 20 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Academic performance

The Connecticut State Department of Education published a Strategic District Profile about Stamford 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 Stamford Public Schools to state proficiency levels:[10]

CMT Results, 2011-2012
Grade Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Grade 3 Reading 55.6 59.2
Grade 3 Writing 56.8 62.7
Grade 3 Mathematics 61.8 66.5
Grade 4 Reading 58.5 64.1
Grade 4 Writing 61.6 65.3
Grade 4 Mathematics 64.6 68.0
Grade 5 Reading 61.6 67.6
Grade 5 Writing 63.4 68.1
Grade 5 Mathematics 69.3 71.6
Grade 5 Science 57.5 63.9
Grade 6 Reading 64.5 74.1
Grade 6 Writing 57.4 67.4
Grade 6 Mathematics 65.6 69.3
Grade 7 Reading 73.8 79.8
Grade 7 Writing 57.6 65.6
Grade 7 Mathematics 64.3 68.1
Grade 8 Reading 68.5 76.8
Grade 8 Writing 62.5 68.3
Grade 8 Mathematics 55.4 67.2
Grade 8 Science 54.5 61.9

CAPT Results, 2011-2012
Subject Area District Students Meeting Goal (%) State Students Meeting Goal (%)
Reading Across the Disciplines 33.2 47.5
Writing Across the Disciplines 51.7 63.0
Mathematics 38.2 49.2
Science 33.3 47.1

Contact information

Stamford Public Schools Logo.png
Stamford Public Schools Board of Education
Government Center
888 Washington Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: (203) 977-4098

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Connecticut school district websites

Last rated on October 29, 2012.

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Elected Officials
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Audits N
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Background Checks

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[11]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[12]
  • Elected Officials
    • Board of education members are listed with contact information.[13]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedule, agendas, minutes, and videos are posted.[14]
  • Contracts
    • Union contracts, bids, and RFPs are posted.[15][16]
  • Background Checks
    • Background check policy is posted in the board policies.[17]

The bad

  • Audits
    • Audits are not provided.
  • Contracts
    • Current contracts are not posted.
  • Public Records
    • No information regarding public records requests.
  • Taxes
    • Tax information is not provided.
  • Academics
    • Academic performance is not noted.

See also

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