In light of a sudden resignation of its transportation director, as well as a noticeable absence of a district-wide curriculum developer, Superintendent Paul Alioto proposed the creation of a new adminstration position to the Dansville Central School Board of Education.

In light of a sudden resignation of its transportation director, as well as a noticeable absence of a district-wide curriculum developer, Superintendent Paul Alioto proposed the creation of a new adminstration position to the Dansville Central School Board of Education.


“One of the first issues that came to my attention when I arrived in Dansville was the fact that there was an absence in central curriculum leadership,” Alioto explained.


Although there are principals in each building who provide curriculum leadership, it is more common to see a someone who oversees the curriculum for the entire district, Alioto said.


“The evidence that we have an absence of this kind of curriculum leadership is readily apparent in our student test scores, especially in grades three through eight.”


Alioto said that teachers and administrators have expressed the need for the development of this central position.


“For a school district of this size to not have someone in that position is irresponsible,” Alioto commented.


The role of the curriculum director would, if approved, make sure that what is taught in each grade level sets a foundation for the following grade level, Alioto explained.


“We need to make sure that there are no gaps in what we are teaching in every subject area,” he said.


The individual would carefully review curriculum maps developed by teachers in every subject in every department, and that each map reflects New York state standards.


The director of curriculum, instruction and transportation would report directly to the superintendent.


The transportation oversight responsibilities would include overseeing the head bus driver, dispatcher and head mechanic; as well as ensuring that transportation practices and procedures are established and conducted in accordance with state Department of Transportation law, district policies and contracts, plus the DCIT would assemble the annual transportation budget.


The position proposal would be included in the district’s initial 2011-12 budget. Alioto said some existing positions may have to be cut in order to make the financial room for the DCIT.


“I’m trying to make it so that it’s a wash for the district,” he said. “But I don’t know that it’s going to be possible.”


Alioto introduced the DCIT position to the board during its Nov. 9 meeting. The next step, he said, will be for the board to look at how this position will fit in with some other curriculum personnel restructuring ideas.


Then, the position would be viewed in the context of the upcoming budget.


It is possible the board could create the position without filling it immediately, depending on how next year’s  budget looks, Alioto said.


“I don’t make this recommendation to the board of education lightly, but we are endeavoring to cultivate excellence and a highly capable person in this position will really help our teachers and our kids to compete at the highest level.”


Alioto said that the goal is to see Dansville’s test scores be among the best in the BOCES region as well as throughout western New York.