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1 Galloway Township Public Schools “Where Children and Learning Come First”

2 Galloway Township covers approximately 90.36 square miles of Southern New Jersey and is estimated to have 29,099 residents as of the year 2000. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

3 The Galloway Township Public School District...  consists of 9 schools  serves children from pre-school through 8th grade  educates a total of 4,165 students  busses approximately 85% of its students  sends its graduating 8th graders to the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District for secondary education

4 Galloway Township Board of Education 2002-03 Mr. Ernest Huggard, President CPA, Banker Ms. Kathleen Huenke Physical Therapist, Special Services Mr. Robert Criss Retired Teacher Mr. Robert Iannacone Retired Construction Manager Mr. Richard Dase Furniture Installer Mr. John Knorr County School Business Adm. Ms. Vicki Hood Legal Secretary Mr. George Schwenger, Vice President Retired from Bell Atlantic PHOTO NOT AVAILABLE Mr. Richard Garbutt Union Carpenter

5 The Galloway Township Board of Education is a nine member group of volunteers working for the best educational experience for our young people. They meet on the third and fourth Monday of every month at 7:00pm in the Galloway Township Middle School cafetorium. Throughout the year, the Board conducts special meetings to set goals for the district that are in the best interest of children.

6 Belief Statements: We believe in high expectations for all students based on an individual student’s potential We believe our children will be provided with equal opportunity to learn in a safe environment where they feel they belong We believe the educational community and our schools will be dynamic, forward thinking and open-minded to explore new opportunities focused on keeping our schools on the cutting edge of education

7 We believe that the future success of our schools and the education of our children is a shared responsibility among the school, the home, and the entire community We believe our diversity must be embraced for the benefit of enriching our students’ experiences and the overall educational program We believe in the continuous improvement of our schools through high quality professional development opportunities for school staff

8 Galloway Township Public Schools Mission Statement: Galloway Township Public Schools, a diverse and progressive district, unifies educators, families, and community to provide a safe, challenging learning environment for all children to develop and succeed.

9 2002-2003 School Year District Goals Strengthen community involvement in support of and knowledge about the Galloway Township Schools Continue to identify and obtain land for future growth in Galloway Township Complete deregionalization study To expand the learning process through the use of technology

10 Arthur Rann Elementary School re-opened in September 2000 Principal: John Gibson Assistant Principal: Bonnie Graves Grades 1 - 6, 610 students

11 Cologne Elementary School built: 1930 Principal: Sharon Kurtz Grades 1 - 4, 158 students

12 Galloway Township Middle School built: 1999 Principal: Robin Moore Assistant Principals: Karen D’Avino and Fred Hair Grades 7 & 8, 983 students

13 Oceanville Kindergarten Center re-opened in September 2000 Principal: Nancy Kreischer 162 Kindergarten students

14 Pomona Kindergarten Center built: 1935 Principal: Nancy Kreischer 191 Kindergarten students

15 Reeds Road Elementary School built:1988 Principal: William B. Zipparo, Ed.D. Assistant Principal: Melissa Wilson Grades 1 - 6, 582 students

16 Roland Rogers School Elementary School built: 1991 Principal: Michele Lerman Assistant Principal: Linda Thomas Grades 1 - 6, 566 students

17 Smithville Elementary School built: 1991 Principal: Kathie Hathaway, Ed.D. Assistant Principal: Arthur Tubbs Grades 1 - 6, & pre-school, 649 students

18 South Egg Harbor Elementary School built: 1953 Principal: Sharon Kurtz Grades 1 - 4, 74 students

19 The Galloway Township Public School District is the largest K-8 school district in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties. Galloway Township is one of the fifteen largest K-8 districts in the entire state. Galloway Township is also one of the fastest growing school systems in the state with the potential to reach 5,000+ students within 5 years. DID YOU KNOW?...

20 Residential growth in Galloway Township is expected to continue to be much greater than experienced at the county level. By 2015, Galloway Township is projected to be the most populous municipality in Atlantic County.

21 Actual and Estimated Populations for Galloway Township from 1970 - 2025 Source: Statistical Forecasting, Inc.: March 2001

22 STUDENT ENROLLMENT WATCH US GROW! Source: Statistical Forecasting, Inc.: March 2001

23 TAX LEVY & CORRESPONDING ENROLLMENT Total tax increase over a seven year period in Galloway is 6.2 cents OR 5.5% Enrollment over that same period increased by 27%

24 Our school district’s major EDUCATIONAL PRIORITY is to Continually Improve Student Achievement & Performance through: Ongoing review of curriculum, materials, and programs Continually identifying “best practices” / research based instructional strategies Offering early intervention programs, particularly in reading Providing district, school, and teacher based staff development Increasing technology integration as a teaching & learning tool Maintaining a reasonable class size throughout the district

25 Elementary School Proficiency Assessment (ESPA) 2000 – 2002 Language Arts Literacy YearAdvanced Proficient ProficientPartial ProficientProficiency TotalThree-year Total Average 20024.585.210.389.7 82.8 20015.886.97.392.7 20003.762.533.866.2 Mathematics Year Advanced Proficient ProficientPartial ProficientProficiency TotalThree-year Total Average 200222.655.322.177.9 73.7 200130.950.318.881.2 200017.951.330.862.2

26 Galloway Township Public Schools Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA) Language Arts Literacy Advance Proficient ProficientPartial ProficientProficiency TotalThree-year Proficiency Average 20027.980.911.288.8 89.1 20016.284.79.190.9 20006.581.312.287.8 Mathematics Advance Proficient ProficientPartial ProficientProficiency TotalThree-year Proficiency Average 200217.453.529.170.9 71.3 200121.252.126.773.3 200018.551.330.269.2 Science Advance Proficient ProficientPartial ProficientProficiency TotalThree-year Proficiency Average 200217.768.913.486.5 82.6 200111.471.417.182.8 200012.566.121.478.6

27 Meeting the Standard of Excellence NJSSI Partnership with Rowan in Mathematics and Science Balanced Literacy/Reading and Writing Workshop approaches Enrichment & Intervention Programs Increased articulation – within and among district schools; with Absegami & GEHRSD/constituents; with Stockton & other county schools

28 English isn’t the only language that our students speak... Cantonese Spanish French Vietnamese Arabic Creole Japanese Greek Korean Gujarati Hindi Albanian Italian Urdu Turkish Yiddish Our students speak approximately 32 languages at home

29 Staff Development Staff development days aligned with district goals and individual teacher professional improvement plans Novice Teacher Training Program Teacher Evaluation Review & Planning Committee

30 Special Education Educate 515 students through various full and part time programs and related services Programs now include Auditorily Impaired class and Extended School Year Program Work under NJ Administrative Code for special education Completed an extensive monitoring process through the state department during 2001- 02 school year Received approval from the county office for our corrective action plan.

31 Technology Integration Expansion and upgrading of computers across the district Total 1400 units in operation; 1250 have Internet access; 18 file servers in operation Grades 4-8 classrooms have an average of 5-6 computers, plus a teacher workstation Grade 3 averages 2 units plus a teacher workstation Grades K-2 have a teacher workstation Distance learning in use at GTMS; Roland and Reeds have capabilities and beginning use; services are being expanded to all district schools Sixth grade Technology Initiative District-wide eBoards pilot project to enhance home-school communication

32 Galloway General Fund Budget = $37,306,034

33 Understanding the Budget Process  Curriculum and Instruction  Personnel  Facilities  Transportation Schools and staff members submit budget requests THEN... Administration prepares a draft budget presentation for the Board of Education Board of Education conducts budget workshop meetings with public input in the following areas:

34 Board of Education approves budget for submission to the County Superintendent County Superintendent reviews for statutory compliance and educational adequacy Board of Education conducts formal budget hearing School Board Elections and Budget voted on in April

35 Galloway Township School District spends well within the state recommended range for per pupil expenditures for K-8 school district

36 What is a “CAP”?  State sets a “CAP”, or limit, on how much a school district can increase its budget from one school year to the next  Spending to CAP is permitted under the CEIFA funding law  The CAP can be expanded due to the following circumstances: 4unusual enrollment growth 4increased transportation costs 4capital outlay projects 4extraordinary special education costs  The CAP serves as a means to protect local taxpayers Based on “CAP”, our district’s budget was permitted to grow to: $37,166,034, which includes special purpose Federal Funds UNDERSTANDING YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL BUDGET 2002 - 2003 School Year

37 The New Jersey Saver program helps offset the school taxes homeowners pay on the first $45,000 of assessed value on their homes - providing, in effect, an average discount of one-third. Average homeowners receive $600 every year

38 We are proud of our many programs, events, “best practices” and successes around the district…

39 Project M.O.T.I.O.N. (Moving Our Technology Into Our Neighborhoods), provides basic computer training for a nominal fee for Galloway residents, and is free of charge to residents 55 and older. Lessons include File Management, Microsoft Word, Excel, and E-mail and Internet search techniques.

40 Galloway Township Middle School principal Annette Giaquinto is honored by the State Department of Education with the 2001 New Jersey Principal of the Year “Award for Visionary Leadership”.

41 Reeds Road Elementary School was named a New Jersey Star School of Excellence by the State Department of Education

42 The Pre-school Inclusion Program, housed at the Smithville Elementary School, combines disabled children with non-disabled children to provide a comfortable classroom environment.

43 We honored South Egg Harbor teacher Missy Moore at the October 21, 2002 Board of Education meeting for her selection as Atlantic County Teacher of the Year 2002

44 At Arthur Rann, new playground equipment was installed thanks to the hard work of the PTA and a donation from Tropicana. On the right, Glen Eric, a former Arthur Rann student, came back to the school to play some favorite tunes with his band.

45 Cologne remembered the events of September 11 with a moment of silence for our fallen heroes, and the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of the National Anthem with the entire school. During the month of December, the staff and students will be collecting money for “Coins from the Heart”—a donation for needy families in the school during the holidays.

46 Our middle school students collected over 400 cans, boxes and bags of food and over 50 turkeys to donate to the Food Bank of South Jersey during the month of November. Here, Officer Huenke is surrounded by students from Mr. Evans’ class. Officer Huenke is part of the School Resource Officer Program at GTMS.

47 Students from Oceanville Kindergarten Center spent a day in October visiting, singing, and playing games with residents of Senior Care in Galloway Township.

48 Students from Pomona Kindergarten Center participated in the “Harvest Festival” that the teachers prepared. Staff members were dressed as Native Americans and Pilgrims, and treated students to stories and songs, and taught students how to make cornbread and butter to go along with it.

49 Students and staff from Reeds Road Elementary School collected games, small toys, candy, food and other “comfort items” for the troops stationed overseas. Representatives from the Red Cross picked up the donation and shipped it to the soldiers along with letters and poems that the students had written.

50 Roland Rogers students were visited by a Coast Guard helicopter in October. Pilots and rescuers answered questions about their jobs and showed students the equipment they use to make rescues. Here, Dave Evans dons his “Deputy Mayor” hat to speak to Roland’s fourth grade unit about local government. This was a culmination of the unit’s study of local, state and federal government in the U.S.

51 After studying the Old West era of American History, third grade students from Smithville Elementary School participated in “Westward Ho!”, where they could apply what they learned. They made toys, panned for gold, played games and heard stories about heroes of the time.

52 Students from South Egg Harbor signed their names to postcards stating that they were “Younger But Wiser”, and vowed to stay drug and alcohol-free. These cards were then sent to middle school students during Red Ribbon Week (Red Ribbon Week is part of a nation-wide program to Keep Kids Off Drugs)

53 A Moving School District Galloway Township... “Where Children & Learning Come First”


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