Education Budget 2017-2018

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UPDATE: How and Why Education Spending Is Up by 2.16% — Explanations From Town Officials

Dennis Maroney RTM Education Committee 05-11-17
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Editor’s note: Here are three more statements from Monday’s votes approving the town education budget. All are marked “Update” below. They give a better picture on what town officials think of school spending. Several town officials spoke with prepared comments to the Representative Town Meeting about the education budget, with all of them defending it as, overall a good budget. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Finance Board Chairman Zagrodzky on the Town Budget’s Pressures, Risks, Strengths

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If Hartford cuts Darien’s last remaining big grant or imposes mandates on the town that are unknown so far, Darien has fiscal resources to either avoid tax increases or minimize them, Board of Finance Chairman Jon Zagrodzky told the Representative Meeting on Monday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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RTM to Vote Monday on Teachers Union Contract — the Biggest Part of the Town’s Next Three Budgets

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Two Representative Town Meeting committees have each voted to recommend that the full RTM, when it meets Monday night, approve the teachers union contract. The proposed three-year Darien teachers union contract will be the single largest expenditure made by the town — not just for the coming fiscal year, but for the two that follow it, as well. Once the RTM vote is taken, that expenditure of tens of millions of dollars a year will be locked in, essentially, unavailable for either the Board of Education or RTM to change for three years. Most of the town’s education spending is on teacher’s salaries, and town education spending is close to 70 percent of the entire town budget. The RTM’s vote will be the final one, putting the contract into effect starting July 1 and ending June 30, 2020.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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The Board of Education Needs to Set an Example

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On Tuesday night — or, rather, past midnight on Wednesday morning — the Board of Education did the same thing it’s previously done at budget season: Conduct a rushed, exhausting marathon of a meeting that sets a lousy example for students and adults by demonstrating a lack of planning. It’s also a poor way to conduct business that many town residents want to be able to monitor.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Board of Ed OKs $98M Budget with 4.5% Increase (2.34% from Loss of State Aid)

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The Darien Board of Education approved a 2017-2018 budget of 98,073,175, which represents a 4.5 percent increase over the budget passed last year. The removal of about $2.1 million in state aid accounts for a 2.34 percent increase in the burden on taxpayers, and school district spending would also increase 2.16 percent. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Council of Darien School Parents: Budget Statements at the Board of Ed Public Hearing: PART 1

Skoglund 02-05-17
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Good Evening.  My name is Shelly Skoglund.  I have two children:  one at the high school and one at Middlesex.  My name is Julia Mengwall.  I have three children:  one at Middlesex and two at Tokeneke. Continue Reading →

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Budget Statements on High School, Middle School at the Board of Ed Public Hearing: PART 2

Ann Dickson Darien High School parents 02-06-17
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Here are three statements from Thursday’s Darien Board of Education public hearing on the 2017-2018 proposed school district budget, from parent teacher organizations at Darien High School and Middlesex Middle School. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Special Education Parents Statements at the Public Hearing on the Schools Budget: PART 4

SEPAC parents 02-06-17
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The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee addressed the Board of Education with two statements on Thursday, at the board’s pubic hearing on the 2017-2018 education budget: (more…) Continue Reading →

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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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