You are invited to join in…… Reply

Region 1 Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain is inviting anyone in The  Region 1 School District  wishing to comment about what they’d like to see in a new principal for Housaton­ic Valley Regional High School to fill out a sur­vey. The survey can be found at surveymonkey.com/s/QJRRFRC

Chamberlain said in a press release: “We will use your input in developing inter­view questions,” Chamberlain said in a message. “Once the principal is hired, your responses will be given to him or her as background information on Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

“Question 1: What are the top three leadership characteristics that you would value in the selec­tion of the high school principal?
“Question 2: Is there anything you would like to see changed at Housatonic Valley Regional High School?
“Question 3: Please let us know what you would like to see the principal keep the same at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.”

Teachers head to Florida for PowerSchool training 5

From this mornings Republican-American

FALLS VILLAGE

Teachers head to Florida for PowerSchool training

Training to provide for increased competency for elementary schools in the use of Power-School, the data-based student information sys­tem, is continuing.

Region 1 Business Manager Samuel Herrick told Board of Education members Monday that $25,000 is part of the proposed 2014-15 central office budget for that purpose.

Between half and two/thirds of the funding will be shared between the six elementary schools and the rest divided up to be available for individual support needs.

“The principals feel this is so new that some are sending staff to PowerSchool training using grant money. The schools are at all different lev­els and they hope to be on the same level next year,” he said.

Some staff will be attending the PowerSchool University in Florida next week. Of the $25,000, $10,000 will come from the in-service line in the central office budget.

Region One Board of Education Budget Workshop March 3 Reply

Region One Board of Education Budget Workshop March 3

From The Republican-American report on The Region 1 Budget

FALLS VILLAGE — The Region 1 Board of Education on Monday formalized some changes to the proposed $15.2 million school budget.
As the board grappled to get the bottom line under a 5 percent increase, Salisbury’s Jennifer Weigel wondered what would happen if they couldn’t achieve that goal.
“In Sharon you have to,” said Marilyn Yerks, who represents that town. “I’m hearing they want the numbers below 1 percent.” Chairman Andrea Downs of Falls Village said that’s not realistic considering increas­es in such areas as health in­surance, which is up 22.9 per­cent. The board agreed to the addition of an interventionalist to help students who need extra help in certain areas of study. Originally the chairmen of the math and English departments each requested one more staff person who would teach one class a day and spend the rest of the time intervening. But the board re­jected that proposal. They also vetoed adding another science position.

Region 1 Board of Education

2013-14 approved:
$14,440,572

2014-15 proposed: $15,242,418
Increase: $801,846 or 5.55 percent
Next: Budget workshop on March 20 at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile in New York….New York Assembly set to delay Common Core today Reply

From today’s Poughkeepsie Journal

Assembly set to delay Common Core today


By Joseph Spector

Journal Albany bureau

ALBANY — The state Assembly has introduced legislation to delay the use of the Common Core testing standards on stu­dents’ grades and teach­ers’ evaluation, the latest move by state officials to address the outcry over the controversial pro­gram.

The bill (A.08929) is set for approval by the Demo­cratic- led Assembly to­day, Assembly officials said. “The implementation of the Common Core has caused significant chal­lenges that have strained our school districts, ad­ministrators, teachers, parents and, most impor­tantly, students,” the bill states. The bill would delay much of the Common Core testing, particularly for third through eighth grades, from being used in evaluating the perfor­mance of students and teachers for two years. After its first year last school year, Common Core testing led to a major drop in test results. The legislation would order the state Education Department commission­er to look at ways to elim­inate some testing and ban standardized tests in kindergarten through second grade. The bill would also de­lay the implementation of an online-data portal to collect student informa­tion until July 2015. And it would give parents the right to opt out their stu­dents from participating in the portal, which has been met with skepticism about whether it would be secure. The portal was set to start in September.

“This legislation will provide much needed ad­justments relating to Common Core implemen­tation, teacher evalua­tions and student data pri­vacy to alleviate some of the strain experienced by our teachers, school ad­ministrators and, most importantly, students,” the bill says.

The bill, sponsored by Assembly Education Committee chairwoman Cathy Nolan, D-Queens, doesn’t yet have a Senate sponsor, and it complirequirements cates an effort by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Board of Regents to address Common Core concerns.

The Board of Regents voted Feb. 11 to delay Common Core graduation for five years, but tabled a change to the state’s teacher-evaluation system until April after it drew criticism by Cuomo. For his part, Cuomo has established a Common Core review panel, and he has urged education officials and the Legislature to hold off on any changes until the panel reports back. But there is some urgency, education advocates said: Another round of testing in schools is set for April.The Legislature could overstep the Board of Regents’ changes by adopting a new law, and the Senate, controlled by a group of Republicans and Democrats, have said it too supports a delay on the use of the new testing on grades and evaluations. Joseph Spector: jspector@gannett.com; Twitter: @gannettalbany

Jonathan Moore and The Kent Board wants to use surplus taxpayers school money (not let the taxpayers or the Board Of Finance be involved in the process to decide what to do with that surplus) Reply

bob-jones-quote-when-it-comes-to-spending-taxpayer-money-we-have-toFrom the Sunday Republican American…..

The Kent Board of Education is planning to propose using all or part of the anticipated $74,870 sur­plus from the regional educa­tion budgets.
The budget subcommittee met Tuesday and listened to a suggestion from Jonathan Moore, the town’s represen­tative to the Region 1 Board of Education.
Moore shared a memo from Region 1 Business Man­ager Samuel J. Herrick that detailed the entire surplus is expected to be $393,600, with $80,499 from the Housatonic Valley Regional High School budget, $330,330 from Pupil Services and there was an overage of $17,229 in the Central Office Budget, fol­lowing the completion of the financial audit. Moore said there were sev­eral ways that the money might be able to assist with the tough budget year coming up.
“By law you can keep 1 percent of it for capital ex­penditures,” Moore said.“This money was approved for educational purposes so why not use it for that, rather than sending it to the high­way department.”

This is just another glaring example of Jonathan Moore’s total disregard of taxpayers and the local Kent Board Of Finance. In our opinion, the proper action would be for the Kent Board Of Education to return the surplus to the town, and then, at a town meeting ask taxpayers to vote on where to spend the “surplus”. Town residents and The Board Of Finance very well may want to spend it on reducing the cost of education, but it should be their choice, not Jonathan Moore’s or the Kent Boards choice.