Following up on the January 25 blog post of the Articles for Town Meeting, here is a list of positions that are included in the proposed 0% increase FY19 budget:
- Additional elementary classroom teacher: our lower grades are growing, and in order to reach the CCSU goal of 90% of students reading at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade, a new position will be created, most likely on the 2nd or 3rd grade level to continue offering quality, differentiated instruction in small class sizes.
- Additional Pre-Kindergarten classroom: Danville currently pays tuition under Act 166 for 13 Danville-resident students who cannot fit into our current two classes, at a cost of over $40,000. Additionally, many of our three year olds this year were only able to attend part time, due to our high numbers. A third classroom will allow more students to utilize our full day programming, and more Danville families to be able to send their students to Danville for Pre-K.
- Schoolwide Instructional Coordinator and Coach: this position will work closely with both the Danville teachers and CCSU staff to coordinate curriculum and Tutorial interventions, analyze data to inform instruction, and coach teachers in differentiation strategies for struggling or advanced students. Additionally, this position could also provide intervention in small groups for part of the day, coordinating with our current special educators and interventionists around our students’ needs. This position would also serve our incoming ninth grade class and their teachers – this year, 21 of our ninth graders arrived from surrounding towns – as it is important that we are able to quickly diagnose their strengths and needs and provide the right program.
If you missed the blog post that included the financial figures, it can be accessed by clicking here
In summary: IN FY18, DANVILLE’S LOCAL HOMESTEAD TAX RATE WAS 1.542. IN THE PROPOSED FY19 BUDGET, THE LOCAL HOMESTEAD TAX RATE WOULD BE 1.542, A 0% INCREASE.