The first casualty of the budget crisis was the proposed position of director of curriculum and instruction.


“We moved transportation leadership to the position of head bus driver.  This was a reduction and cost saving change,” said Superintendent Paul Alioto.  “That move seems to be working well thanks to Mr. Bill Cramer, the new head bus driver.”

The first casualty of the budget crisis was the proposed position of director of curriculum and instruction.


“We moved transportation leadership to the position of head bus driver.  This was a reduction and cost saving change,” said Superintendent Paul Alioto.  “That move seems to be working well thanks to Mr. Bill Cramer, the new head bus driver.”


Curriculum leadership remains a concern, however.  “When our state aid figures came out, I could not responsibly propose a new administrative position to the BOE.  That position [director of curriculum and instruction] came off of the table on Feb. 1.”


District planners continue to work to close the $3.88 million gap between estimated revenues and estimated expenditures. A list of possible cost saving measures will be presented at the regular Board of Education meeting on March 1 at 7 p.m. in the elementary gymnasium.


PreK class packs 100, twice


Mrs. Jeanne Coon’s prekindergarten morning and afternoon classes gave a unique twist to 100-day. In order to recognize the 100th day of school, the students collected 100 items they could send to troops to make their day-to-day lives more comfortable. Students and their families generously brought in sweet treats and personal care items and then enthusiastically boxed up the packages with love to ship out. The students and Mrs. Coon would like to thank their families for their generosity as well as the Dansville American Legion who is shipping out the packages for the youngsters. Students learned counting to 100 can be fun and rewarding.


American Heart Association Donation


The primary and elementary schools participated in the annual Jump Rope Rally on Friday, Feb. 18. In conjunction with that event and discussions on how to live for a healthy heart, students collected donations and made the presentation during the jumping event. This year’s event raised $13,554.41 for the American Heart Association.


Winter Carnival Builds School Spirit


Once again, the Middle School Winter Carnival was a pride-building event complete with the annual talent show, basketball games, theme days and of course the culminating pep rally. Students participated enthusiastically all week and enjoyed the challenges. The Jar Wars collected over $150 for Pennies for Patients (of leukemia and lymphoma) Mrs. Schiavi took a pie for the team during the spirit event.


Cinderella


Don’t miss the Drama Club’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at 7 p.m. March 17, 18 and 19 in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $8.50 and available in all school offices. This delightful production makes for a great family night out close to home. The talent is thick and includes both new and experienced student thespians.


Date Change for Spring Season Parent-Student-Athlete Meeting


The Dansville Athletic Department will host the spring season athletic meeting 5:30–6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the high school gymnasium for student-athletes and their parents. Student-athletes participating in spring modified, junior varsity or varsity sports, and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting. This is an excellent opportunity to make sure your paperwork is current and to meet the coaches. If you have questions, please contact Patrick Moses, Athletic Director at 585-335-4000 ext. 1018.


Kindergarten Registration


Dansville will hold 2011–12 kindergarten registration from Monday, Feb. 28, through Friday, March 4, each day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2011, are eligible to enroll. Kindergarten registration packets have been mailed to families identified through the census. Parents who have not received this information or who have questions should contact the primary school at 585-335-4040. Parents should bring the following to registration: original birth certificate, certificate of immunizations signed by a doctor and the completed registration packet. Families do not need to bring their child to registration. After completing the registration process, families will make an appointment for their child to be screened. Kindergarten screening will be  Friday, April 29. If you have not received a registration packet, please notify the office immediately and one will be mailed to you.


Universal Pre-K Registration


Dansville will hold 2011-2012 Universal Pre-Kindergarten registration March 7–11 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Children who will be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2011 are eligible to enroll. Universal Pre-Kindergarten registration packets have already been mailed to families identified through the census. Parents who have not received this information or who have questions should contact the primary school directly at 585-335-4040 ext. 2003. Parents should bring the registration packet and the child’s original birth certificate when they register. Please remember that it is not necessary to bring your child to registration.


Upcoming Events




The Middle School PTO meets at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in the middle school guidance office conference room. Planning for the semiformal will continue and your help is needed.

The Wall of Fame dinner is Saturday, March 5, at the Dansville Moose Club.