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Bayonne Board of Education


Bayonne Board of Education


Bayonne Board of Education is a comprehensive public school district serving students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from Bayonne in Hudson County, New Jersey.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 12 schools had an enrollment of 9,418 students and 646.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.58.

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "CD", the sixth-highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.

After the state rejected a budget plan that would have cut 85 positions and raised taxes by almost 4%, the board of education voted in April 2017 to cut a total of 300 positions, including 260 non-tenured teachers, to achieve $6 million in savings from the earlier proposed $133 million budget.

Awards and recognition

During the 2008-09 school year, Public School #14 Gifted & Talented was recognized with the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive. In 2009-2010, Washington Community School was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award.

For the 2004-05 school year, Mary J. Donohoe No. 4 School was named a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve. It is the fourth school in Bayonne to receive this honor. The other three are Bayonne High School in 1995-96, Midtown Community School in 1996-97 and P.S. #14 in the 1998-99 school year.

During the 2008-2009 school year, Washington Community School was awarded the ASCA Honor Council Excellence Award, which is given to school's Student Councils who have met the requirements and completed projects in the areas of in leadership, citizenship, and community service.

Schools

Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are:

Elementary schools
  • Henry E. Harris No. 1 (grades PreK-8; 636 students)
    • Maria Kazmir, Principal
      • Karen Fiermonte, Assistant Principal
  • Phillip G. Vroom No. 2 (PreK-8; 421)
    • Stacey Janeczko, Assistant Principal
      • Alana Ryan, Assistant Principal
  • Dr. Walter F. Robinson No. 3 (PreK-8; 788)- It was originally opened in 1910 as Bayonne High School, and changed to an elementary school in the late 1930s when the present Bayonne High School was completed. In 1977, it was renamed after a prominent history teacher who became school principal and Assistant Superintendent of Schools and authored a history of the city of Bayonne.
    • Maryann Connelly, Principal
      • Areta Costello, Assistant Principal
  • Mary J. Donohoe No. 4 (PreK-8; 485)
    • Philip Baccarella, Jr, Principal
      • Areta Costello, Assistant Principal
  • Lincoln Community School No. 5 (PreK-8; 444)
    • Keith Makowski, Principal
      • Alana Ryan, Assistant Principal
  • Horace Mann No. 6 (PreK-8; 599)
    • Kathy Quinn, Principal
      • Karen Fiermonte, Assistant Principal
  • Midtown Community School No. 8 (PreK-8; 1,087)
    • Christina Mercun, Principal
      • Patricia Dziubek, Assistant Principal
  • George Washington Community School No. 9 (PreK-8; 663)
    • George Becker, Principal
  • Woodrow Wilson School No. 10 (PreK-8; 617)
    • Maureen Brown, Principal
      • Lisa Wasielewski, Assistant Principal
  • John M. Bailey School No. 12 (PreK-8; 637)
    • Al McCormick, Principal
  • Nicholas Oresko School No. 14 (PreK-8; 444) an advanced school for gifted and talented students in academics, the arts, and physical education
    • Charles Costello, Principal
      • Lisa Wasielewski, Assistant Principal
High school
  • Bayonne High School (9-12; 2,597).
    • Richard Baccarella, Principal
      • Kathleen Bingham, Assistant Principal
      • Robert Pierce, Assistant Principal
      • John Rickard, Assistant Principal
      • Eric Ryan, Assistant Principal

Dress code

The Bayonne Board of Education has implemented a dress code that took effect in the 2006-2007 school year for students in Pre-K through 8th grade. The plan was intended to "increase student identification with their schools and the district, Eliminate many of the distractions associated with differences in social or economic status, Allow the children, their teachers and the Board of Education to concentrate on shared pursuit of educational excellence and Instill a sense of belonging and school pride". A heated battle was fought between enraged parents and grandparents and the Board, with parents and grandparents upset at the manner in which the policy was imposed, the cost of the uniforms, the loss of freedom of expression to students in choosing the clothing they wear and issues regarding the manner in which the contract was awarded.

Administration

Core members of the district's administration are:

  • Dr. Michael A. Wanko, Interim Superintendent
  • Thomas Fogu, Acting Business Administrator
  • Dr. Gary Maita, Board Secretary

References

External links

  • Bayonne Board of Education
  • Bayonne Board of Education's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
  • School Data for the Bayonne Board of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

Bayonne Board of Education


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