A message from the Board of Education Public Relations Chair

I hope you all find this newsletter informative.  It is an initiative created out of our Public Relations subcommittee work with the goal of improved communications to all Clinton Public Schools stakeholders: students, parents, CPS employees and community members.  Under the leadership of Superintendent O’Donnell and Board of Education Chair Annaliese Spaziano, the Board has established a strong vision for our public schools.  Our hope is that this newsletter will capture this shared vision ... Click here for more

D.A.R.E. Program Returns to Clinton Public Schools

The D.A.R.E. program is making its return to Clinton Public Schools this year in grades 5 and 7.  The former “Drug Abuse and Resistance Education” program has been completely overhauled and replaced by DARE, Keeping it REAL which stands for Refuse, Explain, Avoid, and Leave… Click here for more

 

Homework Study Group

This year, the Clinton Board of Education’s Instructional Subcommittee created a homework study group. This group which is comprised of parents, teachers, administrators and students will review current research on homework, the type of homework assigned at each grade level, its impact in the classroom, and its effect on family life.      Click here for more

 

  Your Investment in Our Future

Highlights of the Board of Education’s budget proposal for the 2017-2018 School Year.  Information regarding the Capital Budget, Debt Services, and Operating Budget is shared to provide insight into the cost factors.  Click here for more

Important Dates to Remember: Board of Finance meeting: March 13, 2017;
Public Hearing on Budget:  7:00 pm, April 12, 2017;
Budget Referendum: 6:30 pm, May 10, 2017.

  Student Voices - Pierson Podcast

The Book Club for Kids is a podcast where young readers meet to talk about a book. The show includes a celebrity reading from the book and the author joins participants to answer their questions.  Pierson Book Club kids recently participated in a podcast with visiting author, Kitty Felde. To listen to the podcast, click the play button under "Episode 39" on the Book Club for Kids website. Our students spoke beautifully about their reading and had fun participating in this new experience. Bev Bowen did an amazing job coordinating the event, including providing "bed and breakfast" at her home for the visiting author!  
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Greetings from the Board of Education Public Relations Chair,

I hope you all find this newsletter informative.  It is an initiative created out of our Public Relations subcommittee work with the goal of improved communications to all Clinton Public Schools stakeholders: students, parents, CPS employees and community members.  Under the leadership of Superintendent O’Donnell and Board of Education Chair Annaliese Spaziano, the Board has established a strong vision for our public schools.  Our hope is that this newsletter will capture this shared vision and the hard work of our staff and students.

 

The Board of Education is currently in budget season.  This is always a difficult time as we analyze and balance the needs of our students while remaining fiscally responsible. The process is long and thoughtful, starting in the fall and continuing through referendum set for May 10, 2017.  This year, Superintendent O’Donnell asked the Board to reflect on what we value most in our district.  We used our responses to keep us focused through the budget process.

 

A few weeks ago, the Board of Education approved Superintendent O’Donnell’s proposed budget with an overall increase of 3.77%.  You can find detailed budget information by visiting the district website.  We encourage each of you to take some time to look at the budget.  If you find you have questions or concerns with the budget or any aspect of Clinton Public Schools, please reach out to any member of the Board of Education. 

 

On behalf of the entire Board of Education, I thank you for your continued support of Clinton Public Schools and we look forward to continuing our efforts to lead our outstanding public school system.

 

Sincerely,

Sandy Luke
Clinton Board of Education Public Relations Chair

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The D.A.R.E. program is making its return to Clinton Public Schools this year in grades 5 and 7.  The former “Drug Abuse and Resistance Education” program has been completely overhauled and replaced by DARE, Keeping it REAL which stands for Refuse, Explain, Avoid, and Leave.  These strategies which are explored by students not only apply to drugs and alcohol, but also in overall decision making in the areas of bullying, peer pressure, dealing with stress, risks and consequences, and helping others.

Preparation for this collaboration between the police department and Clinton Public Schools began this past fall.  At Pierson, Office Spencer Mangs will work with 5th graders and at Eliot, Officer Brian Corbin will work with 7th graders.  The officers received comprehensive training in the new DARE model and they are eager to work with our students.  There are ten lessons in the DARE curriculum which will be co-taught with Health Educators over the course of the next semester as part of students’ current health education classes.

In the past, the original DARE program received some criticism for not having data to support any significant positive effect on reducing drug and substance abuse among teenagers.  The new program is showing initial results of being more effective because the curriculum itself is more interactive with less “stand and deliver” lectures by police officers.  In addition, it has more engaging activities with students which focus on positive decision-making across a wide array of areas.  Equally as important as the content of the curriculum is the positive “face time” that our students receive with our police department.

We appreciate the efforts of Chief DeMaio and the D.A.R.E. officers in making this program available to our students.

 

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The Board of Education tackles the important subject of homework which has been the topic of debate across the country and here in Clinton. Homework proponents claim that it builds stamina and discipline in students while extending learning opportunities for practice and enrichment. Critics argue that there is no clear link between homework and increased student achievement. Critics also lament the added stress and anxiety experienced by today's children given the number of hours they are expected to spend on homework (along with other activities such as sports, music, and, in the case of teens, part-time jobs).   


This year, the Clinton Board of Education’s Instructional Subcommittee created a homework study group. This group which is comprised of parents, teachers, administrators and students will review current research on homework, the type of homework assigned at each grade level, its impact in the classroom, and its effect on family life. In an effort to reach all stakeholders, the committee will distribute surveys to parents, teachers, and students and will solicit direct input by means of focus group interviews.


The study group meets monthly. Upon completion of its research, which is anticipated to take the better part of the school year, the study group will present its findings and recommendations to the Board for its consideration.

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The Clinton Board of Education Budget at a Glance

 

             Capital Budget

Capital Budget for the 2017-2018 Year is $352,738

Only a $432 increase or 0.12%

Includes:     Middle School Instruments, Staff and Eliot Laptop Lease Plan, Phone System Upgrade, Mounting of Projectors in Classrooms, Electrical Upgrades, Equipment Replacement

Debt Service

Projected 2017-2018 = $1,949,278

Increase of $781,992 or 6.7%

Addresses payment of debt for district projects

Includes Eliot Window Project and New Morgan School

 

Operating Budget

Proposed BOE = $32,757,815

Increase of $1,189,051 or 3.77%

BOE started at 5.38% and reduced it to 3.77%

Breaking down the increase

Medical Insurance makes up 2.45% of the proposed 3.77% increase

Without the increase in Medical Insurance the increase would be 1.32%

Personnel Adjustments Include:  Reduce 3 elementary classrooms, 5 Literacy Paraeducators, 1 Part-time Custodian; Eliminate Chinese Program and Library Paraeducator; Adjustments for declared retirements


Click Here for full more information regarding the 2017-2018 Budget Proposal