Township of Bloomfield, NJ

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1 Municipal Plaza
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Phone: (973) 680-4000

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As Mayor, let me personally welcome you to the Township of Bloomfield!

Bloomfield is a socially growing diverse hub of Essex County offering a wide range of amenities and services to its residents.  We are experiencing a historic growth in retail, residential and entertainment venues aimed to cater to persons of all ages, and family dynamics.

Local government

Bloomfield operates under a Special Charter granted under an Act of the New Jersey Legislature. The township is governed by a mayor and a six member Township Council. The mayor and three council members are elected at-large, and three members are elected from each of three wards, with all positions chosen on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. Council members are elected to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with the three at-large seats (and the mayoral seat) up for election together and the three ward seat coming up for election two years later.Bloomfield's charter retains most of the characteristics of the Town form, with additional powers delegated to an administrator.

As of 2014, the Mayor of Bloomfield is Democrat Michael J. Venezia, whose term of office ends December 31, 2016. Members of the Bloomfield Township Council are Carlos Bernard (D, 2014; Third Ward), OPEN (D, 2014; First Ward), Wartyna "Nina" Davis (D, 2016; at-large), Nicholas Joanow (D, 2014; Second Ward), Ted Gamble (D, 2016; at-large) and Carlos Pomares (D, 2016; at-large).

Emergency services

The township maintains its own police department.

The town is protected by a fire department consisting of 78 active professional firefighters who operate out of four stations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is also a squad of volunteers. In 2009, the department received international accreditation. The Fire Prevention Bureau is operated by the department and consists of two inspectors and two civilians. The department apparatus consist of four engines, one Truck/Ladder, a rescue and three reserve apparatus.

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

The Bloomfield Public Schools serve students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's 11 schools had an enrollment of 6,059 students and 503.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.03:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are eight elementary schools serving Kindergarten through sixth grade — Berkeley School(402 students) Brookdale School (NA), Carteret School (428), Demarest School (484), Fairview School (520), Franklin School (396), Oak View School (357), Watsessing School (311) — Bloomfield Middle School for grades 7 and 8 (917), and Bloomfield High School for grades 9-12 (1,852), while Bridges Academy at Forest Glen provides individualized programs and services to special needs students in grades 7-12 (37 students).

As of the 2012-13 school year, the Bloomfield Public Schools had an actual Budgetary Per Pupil Cost of $11,848 (which is 16.4% below the statewide group average was $14,173), while Total Spending Per Pupil for the district was $15,848 (which is 16.0% below the $18,867 statewide).

Bloomfield Tech High School is a regional magnet public high school that offers occupational and academic instruction for students in Essex County, as part of the Essex County Vocational Technical Schools.

Catholic schools

Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish School, which serves grades K-8, is operated under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

Colleges and universities

Bloomfield College, a liberal arts college founded in 1868, is located in downtown Bloomfield near the town green. The college has approximately 2,000 students and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

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