Toms River Regional Schools

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Toms River Regional Schools
Address
1144 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753

United States
Coordinates 39°58′36″N74°11′00″W / 39.976587°N 74.183212°W / 39.976587; -74.183212 Coordinates: 39°58′36″N74°11′00″W / 39.976587°N 74.183212°W / 39.976587; -74.183212
District information
Grades K-12
SuperintendentThomas Gialanella
Business administratorWilliam J. Doering
Schools18
Students and staff
Enrollment15,472 (as of 2018–19) [1]
Faculty1,171.6 FTEs [1]
Student–teacher ratio13.2:1 [1]
Other information
District Factor Group DE
Website District website
Ind.Per pupilDistrict
spending
Rank
(*)
K-12
average
%± vs.
average
1ATotal Spending$14,5492$18,891−23.0%
1Budgetary Cost11,626514,783−21.4%
2Classroom Instruction7,12048,763−18.7%
6Support Services1,47972,392−38.2%
8Administrative Cost1,05131,485−29.2%
10Operations & Maintenance1,354191,783−24.1%
13Extracurricular Activities3358726825.0%
16Median Teacher Salary58,0001664,043
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending. [2]
*Of K-12 districts with more than 3,500 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=103

Toms River Regional Schools is a comprehensive regional public school district primarily located in the quickly growing coastal community of Toms River, located in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, along the state's Jersey Shore. The district includes Toms River and the adjoining boroughs of Beachwood, Pine Beach and South Toms River. [3] It is the largest suburban school district in the state, and the fourth largest school district in New Jersey (after Newark, Jersey City and Paterson). [4] It is also the largest school district in the state that is not an Abbott District.

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As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprising 18 schools, had an enrollment of 15,472 students and 1,171.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.2:1. [1]

The district has three high schools -- Toms River High School South, Toms River High School North, and Toms River High School East—as well as three middle schools—Toms River Intermediate School East, Toms River Intermediate School North (formerly Intermediate West), and Toms River Intermediate School South. With the opening of Intermediate South in 2005, all sixth grade classes were shifted from the district's 12 elementary schools to the three middle schools in order to alleviate overcrowding. Also at that time, Intermediate West was renamed Intermediate North. Intermediate East and Intermediate North are currently the two most populous middle schools in New Jersey.

To raise money for the schools, the district created Toms River Fest, a major festival held during the summer in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "DE", the fifth-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. [5]

After the Seaside Park School District closed in 2010, a sending / receiving relationship was established to allow students in grades K-6 from Seaside Park to attend the Toms River Schools. In 2017, the Appellate Division affirmed a decision by the New Jersey Department of Education allowing students from Seaside Park the option of attending school for grades K-6 in either Toms River or in the Lavallette School District, under the terms of a dual sending/receiving relationship. The Lavallette district had actively supported the proposal when the original petition was submitted in 2015 and the Appellate Division rejected the objections raised by the Toms River district, noting that no protest had been made when Seaside Park had submitted its original petition. [6] [7] [8]

Toms River Regional Schools has denied continued community requests for racially insensitive mascots depicting Native Americans to be retired, [9] including the Toms River High School South Indians, Toms River Intermediate South Seminoles, and Washington Street Elementary School Warriors.

Awards and recognition

Schools

Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics [12] ) are: [13] [14]

Elementary schools
Intermediate schools
High schools

Administration

Frank J. Roselli assumed the role of interim superintendent of schools on October 21, 2010, [33] following the sudden retirement of longtime superintendent Michael J. Ritacco, who earlier that day surrendered to the FBI and was charged in an 18-count fraud indictment. Ritacco was accused and ultimately convicted of accepting between one and two million dollars in bribes from the school district's insurance broker. Roselli was appointed superintendent on January 18, 2011.

In the spring of 2013, after suffering a heart attack, Roselli announced his retirement. [34] Thomas Gialanella was appointed interim superintendent, effective July 1, 2013, and Dr. Marianne Gaffney was appointed interim assistant superintendent, replacing Joseph Pizza as of August 1, 2013. [35] Subsequently, due to Gialanella's inability to start on July 1, James Hauenstein was named Interim Superintendent for the month of July 2013.

David Healy took over as permanent superintendent on July 1, 2014, after being named by the board on March 11, 2014. Healy had been superintendent in the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District. [36]

Core members of the district's administration are: [37] [38]

Board of education

The district's board of education, with nine members, sets policy and oversees the fiscal and educational operation of the district through its administration. As a Type II school district, the board's trustees are elected directly by voters to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with three seats up for election each year held (since 2012) as part of the November general election. The board appoints a superintendent to oversee the day-to-day operation of the district. [39] Seats on the district's board of education are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with six seats assigned to Toms River and the other three municipalities—Beachwood, Pine Beach and South Toms River—each assigned one seat. [40] [41]

Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex

The Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex is an air-supported structure that provides an indoor venue for athletics to the Toms River Regional Schools. It is part of the Bennett Complex, which also features outdoor facilities. The Bennett Complex is located between Hooper Elementary and Toms River Intermediate East at 1519 Hooper Avenue in Toms River. It is named after long time Superintendent John Bennett, who served the district from 1960-1977. Amongst other events, the Bennett Complex has hosted the track meet component of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (for indoor athletics only), 2013, and 2014. The Indoor Athletic Complex is also known as The Bubble, and is home to many New Jersey State indoor athletic meets (including state championships). The Indoor Complex features a 200-meter six-lane track with and eight-lane straightaway, a Finish Lynx electronic timing system, and accommodates field events such as shot put, high jump, pole vault, long jump, and triple jump. The Indoor Complex was first installed for the 2005-2006 school year. The Indoor Complex was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, but was repaired and reopened in January 2013. [42]

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