Dansville Central School District is looking to increase the school’s budget by approximately $1.5 million. In a board meeting Jan. 22, the district presented their proposals including offering summer school for all grades and better technology for professional development.
DANSVILLE — Dansville Central School District is looking to increase the school’s budget by approximately $1.5 million. In a board meeting Jan. 22, the district presented its proposals, including offering summer school for all grades and better technology for classroom integration.
Despite having decreased the budget from existing debts by $90,340, there still won’t be enough money in the budget to provide each school with what they’re requesting. The increase on minimum wage, as proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is bittersweet for DCS. “We want our lowest paid employees to make a living wage,” superintendent Paul Alioto said. “But we need help.”
The district would like to provide summer school for all grades, instead of just the limited literacy program provided for third- and fourth-graders last year. They would also like to upgrade the technology used in the buildings to better the curriculum.
The special education department is considering moving the mulit-handicapped class into the middle school, which would require additional equipment and free up space in the elementary school. The department also put in a request for two new pieces of physical therapy equipment. That would cost the district about $11,000, Alioto said.
Currently, there is one art teacher for 775 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The school is requesting another art teacher to help out.
The schools are also looking for more reading teachers to help students grow their reading levels. A continuation of the after-school program for fifth- and sixth-grade homework help is also being requested at a cost of $1,500.
The high school is requesting more math, social studies, language and music teachers. Without filling some of these positions, it is possible senior math, including pre-calculus, calculus and trigonometry, as well as French 202, which can be used as credit for Genesee Community College, will be lost, Alioto said.
Page 2 of 2 - To better prepare students for college, Dansville 7-12 school would like to offer electives including creative writing, psychology and statistics. Of 22 districts in the Genesee Valley Education Partnership, 20 of them offer at least three electives. Dansville offers no electives for their students.
The high school would also like to hire a Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse counselor for a full time position, which would cost at least $35,000.
“How can you decide between a new math teacher or a new social studies teacher?” Board president Mary Ann Holder asked.
“Our students are suffering the consequences of the cuts,” Alioto said. “And it’s only going to get worse.”
Dansville Central School will continue public budget discussions through May, when the final budget will be announced.
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