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1 Paterson Public Schools “State of the District” A presentation to the Collaborative Community Groups Dr. Michael E. Glascoe State District Superintendent March 12, 2007

2 Agenda A snapshot of Paterson Public Schools Our academic priorities Student assessment & achievement District initiatives Increasing accountability Goals going forward

3 District Snapshot We are the third largest, most diverse district in New Jersey with: 30,000 students, preschool to grade 12 7,000 employees 52 schools and 39 add’l preschool centers 37 languages spoken in our schools 10,000 students (39 percent) speak a primary language other than English

4 24,563 24,628 25,443 26,193 26,447 26,256 25,207 23,500 24,000 24,500 25,000 25,500 26,000 26,500 27, School Year Number of Students District Profile: K-12 Enrollment

5 Top Languages Spoken As Primary, Besides English Arabic, 4.2% Bengali, 4.6% Turkish, 1.2% Spanish, 88.7% ArabicBengaliTurkishSpanish

6 Student Assessments Annual assessments occur in every grade & school Test scores help identify student progress, student needs; program successes and program needs New Data Quality Initiative will work to improve use of data at every level, my office to the classroom Our administrators have recently traveled to districts in New Haven, Baltimore to access success and procedures





11 Ten schools narrowly missed AYP -- by 1 or 2 points School 3 School 6 School 9 School 12 School 14 School 15 (Middle Grades Only) School 18 (Middle Grades Only) School 20 (Middle Grades Only) School 25 (Middle Grades Only, Met AYP in Elementary) School 27 (Middle Grades Only, Met AYP in Elementary)

12 Five Schools met AYP in all areas School 1 School 29 Roberto Clemente Norman S. Weir Rosa Parks High School

13 Seven schools are on hold – good news (These schools made AYP for one year) School 6 School 7 School 11 School 16 School 19 School 25 Alexander Hamilton Academy

14 Curriculum & Instruction A new, cohesive Curriculum & Instruction department was established last year.

15 Staff development based on State Standards and “best practices” Assistance to support instruction Direct support to High Priority Schools Curriculum & Instruction Provides:

16 Differentiated instruction for unique needs, including English language learners and special education students Curriculum development in 15 focus areas, from mathematics to health Curriculum & Instruction Provides:

17 New Initiatives in Curriculum & Instruction Greater Presence in Schools Visitation Logs Uninterrupted learning blocks Direct support to priority schools Extensive staff development, training

18 The Secondary Education Initiative (SEI)

19 Secondary Education Initiatives Small Learning Communities Within comprehensive high schools and also off-site, such as Garrett Morgan Academic Rigor Additional AP and Honors classes Personalization of academic experience

20 Community Engagement

21 Community Engagement Focus on school-community partnerships 3 Advisory Groups – collaborating monthly Regular parent-staff meetings Six Zone meetings attended by 800 people Community participation District decisions such as principal selections and uniforms

22 Improved Communications  District Newsletter  Translated into Spanish  District HiLites  Weekly, via  New Website  Improved programming – Channel 76  Connect-Ed Messages- over 600 last yr.

23 Community Engagement Looking Ahead Pro-active registration for students Fall & Spring forums at every school Informal meetings with Superintendent Student, staff, teacher discussions Accessibility and response “Town Meetings” on hot topics: uniforms, GPA requirements for athletes, etc.

24 Facilities Issues of age and overcrowding impact every aspect of Paterson student achievement. Poorly equipped classrooms - inadequate, antiquated facilities Heating, plumbing issues Crowded rooms affecting learning and instruction at the secondary level

25 Facilities In Paterson, Children Attend: 7 Schools Over 100 Years Old 24 Schools Over 75 Years Old 34 Schools Over 50 Years Old To properly educate our students, we need 1,700 new or refurbished classrooms

26 Current Construction Projects International High School, by 12/08 Marshall-Hazel School & Bridge School 24 renovation School 25 renovation New Roberto Clemente K-Center

27 High priority, SCC-approved projects 1 of 2 PS 25 Addition and Modernization, (Included in the original 59 schools). Marshall Hazel Street Elementary School, (included in the original 59 schools). New Roberto Clemente Kindergarten Center, (included in the original 59 schools). Boris Kroll new third High School, land acquisition required. (Overcrowding, ESHS Health and Safety dependency). A&P, District office administrative center. (New ECC and SPED). Savio Hall, renovations at Don Bosco. (Overcrowding, swing space 300 students). PS 20 new school on existing property. (ECC, overcrowding, swing space). PS 16, in concept design, site identified, land acquisition required. (ECC, overcrowding).

28 High priority, SCC-approved projects PS 3, in concept design, site identified, land acquisition required. (ECC, overcrowding). ESHS, Academies, (modernizing and new HVAC plant, Overcrowding, Health and Safety, dependant on new and swing space). HARP, site identified, land acquisition required, (Overcrowding, Swing, HS cohort Retention) PS 19 conversion to ECC. (a new PS19 is required for the existing population). PS 5, construction documents completed, (Reconfigure for ECC and Kindergartens, swing space required). PS 6A, campus concept, new elementary and middle school, land acquisition required. Hinchliffe Stadium, Sports Business Academy, (Overcrowding and required playgrounds for downtown schools).

29 Primary Functions in this area are: Accounting – managing $509 million budget Payroll – 14,000 paychecks monthly Facilities maintenance Construction management Business Operations

30 Business Operations New operating procedures have led to $20.6 million savings within: Labor Relations Human Resources Legal Services Risk Management AND other sources, such as recouping funds from outstanding lawsuits

31 Business Operations: looking ahead Working to direct all available funds to learning and instruction by: Improving processes Upgrading audits Emphasizing fiscal accountability “Children First”

32 Human Resources Increasing accountability for all 7,000 employees through: Clear, standard operating procedures Modernized attendance “ID” system New policies in risk management 50 percent decrease in claims 66 percent decrease in absences due to injury

33 Violence and Vandalism Five Year Comparison ViolenceVandalismWeaponsTOTAL

34 Our Goals Improved academic performance Increased parent, community involvement Standard Operating Procedures in place and fully utilized Strategic Plan approved and implemented Additional cost-savings, allowing us to direct every available dollar to student achievement A new culture of accountability

35 Thank you “State of the District” Dr. Michael E. Glascoe State District Superintendent

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