The Deal School District is a community public school district that serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade from Deal, in Monmouth County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey.[3][4][5][6] The school was established in September 1953.[7]

Deal School District
201 Roseld Avenue
, Monmouth County, New Jersey, 07723
United States
Coordinates40°14′52″N 74°00′21″W / 40.24764°N 74.005876°W / 40.24764; -74.005876
District information
SuperintendentDonato J. Saponaro Sr.
Business administratorPia Lordi
Students and staff
Enrollment160 (as of 2022–23)[1]
Faculty19.6 FTEs[1]
Student–teacher ratio8.2:1[1]
Other information
District Factor GroupNA
Ind. Per pupil District
%± vs.
1ATotal Spending$25,26665$18,89133.7%
1Budgetary Cost17,4505314,15923.2%
2Classroom Instruction8,521248,659−1.6%
6Support Services2,650442,16722.3%
8Administrative Cost1,655371,5477.0%
10Operations & Maintenance4,253691,612163.8%
13Extracurricular Activities37161104256.7%
16Median Teacher Salary55,4842161,136
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of K-8 districts with up to 400 students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=71

As of the 2022–23 school year, the district, comprising one school, had an enrollment of 160 students and 19.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.2:1.[1] In the 2016–17 school year, Deal had the 35th-smallest enrollment of any school district in the state, with 165 students.[8]

As a participant in the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program, the majority of the district's students live outside of Deal, with 37 slots allocated for choice students in the 2014-15 school year, 20 of which were for Kindergarten students.[9] As of the 2002-03 school year, nearly 75% of students at Deal School attended from outside the district on a tuition basis, paying $4,300 per student, per year, with students coming from the neighboring communities of Loch Arbour, Asbury Park, Ocean Township, Red Bank and Belmar.[7] By the 2013-14 school year, nearly 90% of the district's enrollment was from choice students, for whom the state paid the district $12,500 in supplemental aid per student.[10]

For ninth through twelfth grades, students attend Shore Regional High School, as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[11] As of the 2022–23 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 585 students and 52.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.1:1.[12]



Before establishing a relationship with Shore Regional, the district had a previous agreement under which students from deal attended Asbury Park High School in neighboring Asbury Park as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Asbury Park Public Schools.[13][14]



Deal School served an enrollment of 159 students in grades K–8 as of the 2022–23 school year.[15]



Core members of the district's administration are:[16][17]

  • Donato J. Saponaro Sr., superintendent of schools[18]
  • Pia Lordi, business administrator

Michael Salvatore, superintendent of the Long Branch Public Schools, had overseen the Deal district under a shared services arrangement reached in August 2014 in which Salvatore was paid an additional $10,000 from Deal on top of his $165,000 base salary.[19]

Board of education


The district's board of education, comprised of five 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 either one or two seats up for election each year held (since 2012) as part of the November general election. The board appoints a superintendent to oversee the district's day-to-day operations and a business administrator to supervise the business functions of the district.[20][21][22]


  1. ^ a b c d District information for Deal Boro School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 1, 2024.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Deal Board of Education District Bylaw 0110 - Identification, Deal School District. Accessed March 11, 2024. "Purpose: The Board of Education exists for the purpose of providing a thorough and efficient system of free public education in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight in the Deal School District. Composition: The Deal School District is comprised of all the area within the municipal boundaries of Deal."
  4. ^ County School list A-D, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Accessed March 11, 2024.
  5. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Deal School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed February 1, 2024.
  6. ^ School Performance Reports for the Deal Boro School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 3, 2024.
  7. ^ a b Martin, Patti. "At 50, Deal School still looks familiar", Asbury Park Press, May 22, 2003. Accessed July 21, 2008.
  8. ^ Guion, Payton. "These 43 N.J. school districts have fewer than 200 students", NJ Advance Media for, September 2017. Accessed January 30, 2020. "Based on data from the state Department of Education from the last school year and the Census Bureau, NJ Advance Media made a list of the smallest of the small school districts in the state, excluding charter schools and specialty institutions.... 35. Deal - Enrollment: 165; Grades: K-8; County: Monmouth"
  9. ^ School Choice Seat Availability 2014-2015, Deal School District. Accessed August 20, 2014.
  10. ^ McGlone, Peggy. "NJ Interdistrict Choice program shows huge growth but limited reach", NJ Advance Media for, June 8, 2014, updated March 29, 2019. Accessed February 20, 2020. "The K-8 district in the wealthy Monmouth County Shore town receives almost $2 million in extra state aid, $12,573 for each of its 145 out-of-town Choice students. Only 15 students in the district’s one school live in Deal."
  11. ^ Public Minutes August 27, 2018, Deal School District. Accessed October 21, 2018. "Approve the tuition arrangement for the 2018-2019 School Year with Shore Regional High School at a rate of $10,824.32 per pupil for regular education."
  12. ^ School data for Shore Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 1, 2024.
  13. ^ Mullen, Shannon; Shields, Nancy; and Matheson, Kathy. "Crime, school solutions costly as city seeks rebirth", Asbury Park Press, January 27, 2005. Accessed September 3, 2007. "Academy Charter, now in its seventh year, is free to students in Asbury Park and the seven nearby towns that are sending districts for Asbury Park High School: Allenhurst, Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Deal, Interlaken and Lake Como, formerly South Belmar."
  14. ^ Reorganization Agenda January 7, 2016 Archived October 22, 2018, at the Wayback Machine, Shore Regional High School. Accessed October 21, 2018. "Whereas, the content of the announcement was to advise the public that the Deal Board of Education filed a Petition of Appeal with the Commissioner of Education to sever its Sending-Receiving Relationship with the Asbury Park Board of Education, and to establish a new Sending-Receiving Relationship with the Shore Regional High School Board of Education"
  15. ^ School Data for the Deal School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 1, 2024.
  16. ^ Student and Parent Handbook 2019-2020, Deal School District. Accessed February 20, 2020.
  17. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Monmouth County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed February 1, 2024.
  18. ^ Contact Us, Deal School District. Accessed October 21, 2018.
  19. ^ Williams, Carol Gorga. "Long Branch educator takes on Deal school", Asbury Park Press, August 7, 2014. Accessed August 20, 2014. "The school board recently approved a $165,000 annual salary for Salvatore in a contract that expires in June 2019. Salvatore, however, will pick up an additional $10,000 a year as the superintendent for the Deal school district."
  20. ^ New Jersey Boards of Education by District Election Types - 2018 School Election, New Jersey Department of Education, updated February 16, 2018. Accessed January 26, 2020.
  21. ^ Annual Comprehensive Financial Report of the Deal School District, New Jersey Department of Education, for year ending June 30, 2023. Accessed March 11, 2024. "The Deal School District is a Type II district located in the County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey. As a Type II District, the School District functions independently through a Board of Education. The board is comprised of five membet's elected to three year-terms. The purpose of the District is to educate students in grades K-8."
  22. ^ Board of Education, Deal School District. Accessed March 11, 2024.