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Superintendent: Hire 6 Middle/High School Dept Chairs for $265,000

Brenner budget meeting 01-09-16
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At Darien High School and Middlesex Middle School, 12 teachers coordinate six different academic departments in each school, spending about 20 percent of their time doing it. But a better system would be for the school district to hire six department chairs, each of whom would spend 80 percent of the time running an academic department across both schools, and 20 percent teaching a class, Schools Superintendent Dan Brenner says. He wants to change to that system in the next school year. It would cost about $265,000 more each year. (more…) Continue Reading →

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The State of Darien as Seen in Four State of the Town Addresses Monday Night Before the RTM

Jayme Stevenson state of town 912-12-16
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Darien should expect less state aid in the future and should plan for getting none, even as state demands on town spending may grow, along with more borrowing for school buildings, town officials warned in some of the four “State of the Town” messages delivered Monday night by top town officials to the Representative Town Meeting. (more…) Continue Reading →

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State of the Town Addresses for 2016: Part 2, Finance Board Chairman Jon Zagrodzky’s

Jon Zagrodzky state of the town 912-12-16
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Here’s the full text (as prepared) of Board of Finance Chairman Jon Zagrodzky’s State of the Town Address to the Representative Town Meeting on Monday night:

Good evening. My name is Jon Zagrodzky, and I’m chairman of the Board of Finance. This is my second time to address you, and I appreciate the opportunity to offer some perspectives. (more…) Continue Reading →

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State of the Town Addresses for 2016: Part 3, Board of Education Chairperson Michael Harman’s

Michael Harman state of the town 912-12-16
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Good Evening,
Mister Moderator, Members of the RTM, fellow elected officials and community members of the Town of Darien.  On behalf of my colleagues on the Darien Board of Education (BoE), I welcome the opportunity to update our community on the accomplishments that have been taking place in the past year in the Darien Public Schools.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Board of Ed OKs Biggest Item in the Town Budgets for Each of the Next Three Years

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Under the next labor union agreement between Darien teachers and the school district, which hasn’t received final town approval, the town’s total bill for teachers’ wages would rise 3.4 percent in each of the next three fiscal years, from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020. (more…) Continue Reading →

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