| pre-K to 12|
Dr. Alvin Freeman
Former Abbott district
| Dr. Michael Salvatore|
Peter E. Genovese, III
5,396 (as of 2011-12)
Long Branch Public Schools is a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade in the city of Long Branch, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The district is one of 31 former Abbott districts statewide, which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.
As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's ten schools had an enrollment of 5,396 students and 505.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.67:1.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "B", the second lowest 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.
Long Branch Public Schools Wikipedia
Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are:Early childhood learning centers (PreK and K)
Lenna W. Conrow School (369 students)
Joseph Ferraina Early Childhood Learning Center (343)
Morris Avenue School (was PreK-2; 433)
Primary schools (grades 1-5)
Amerigo A. Anastasia School (was PreK-5; 749)
George L. Catrambone Elementary School (new for 2014-15)
Gregory School (was PreK-5; 804)
West End School (defunct - was K-5; 301)
Long Branch Middle School (6-8; 943)
Long Branch High School (9-12; 1,113)
The Academy of Alternative Programs, an alternative education program (was 3-5; 341 as Audrey W. Clark School)
George L. Catrambone Elementary School was constructed at a total cost over $40 million for a facility that was designed to house 800 students in a facility covering 109,000 square feet (10,100 m2) for which construction began in 2012. With the start of the 2014-15 school year, a realignment of the district closed West End School, converted Morris Avenue School for early childhood use and repurposed Audrey W. Clark School for alternative education.
In March 2006, the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation issued a report to Governor Jon Corzine specifically and to the public in general that addressed "Questionable and Hidden Compensation for Public School Administrators". The report disclosed that the Long Branch school district had reported to the New Jersey Department of Education that Superintendent of Schools Joseph Ferraina (who retired in 2011) was receiving a base salary of $193,149 when, as the Commission of Investigation stated, he was actually receiving a total compensation of $305,099, some 58% higher than the amount reported to the State. By 2011, Ferraina was earning a base salary of $242,550.
After three years as Chief School Administrator, Michael Salvatore accepted a contract in August 2014 under which he will earn less in base pay due to the state's superintendent salary cap. The school board approved a $165,000 annual base salary for Salvatore in a contract that expires in June 2019, which is a $10,000 reduction from his previous salary with the district. However, Salvatore's newest endeavor will supplement the contract with $10,000, which entails governing the Deal School District as a shared service Superintendent.
Core members of the district's administration are:Dr. Michael Salvatore, Superintendent
Peter E. Genovese, III, Business Administrator / Board Secretary