Politicd roces ne r, finish - Southington Library and Museum


Politicd roces ne r, finish - Southington Library and Museum

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Elizabeth Ssntaniello, 7, listel to hMt stories during a Big Brothers snd Big

Sisters Halloween party at the YMCA on Oct. 29.

BOE approves athletics report-

by Li He ne e

staff rlter

After much discussion and debate,

the report of the AthleUcs Review Task

Force has been approved in total by the

Board of Education.

In the third public review of the report.

only two amendments were tagged

onto recommendations for the Improvement

of Southlngton's athletic programs

when the school bbard voted favorably

Tuesday night.

By a unanlmous vote, action was

postponed on the recommendation that

students involved in athletic programs be

required to take gym classes. The current

policy of excusing athletes from glnn

during their active season will remaih in

the board members, who asked Superlntendent

of Schools Dr. Louis Saloom to

study the economic feasibility of such a

Removal ofgate fees could be a way to

generate more fan support, according to

Southlngton High School Principal Jerome

Auclair, who co-chalred the task


Many families llke to attend games in

which their child is participating, and at

two dollars a head for adults and one

dollar for children, that can add up to a lot

of money, board chairwoman Cheryl

Waack said. She asked that families of

athletes be admitted to games for free or

at a reduced cost.

Athletic Coordinator Dom D'Angclo.

place until next year, when th.e K.12 who also eo-ehaired, he ta k force, said

physical education curriculum is re- ' that the teams n d' the r 'venu brb'0 t

viewed. Board members Joseph AngeUllo..J y.tlcket sole , Although, there &re 20

and Zaya Oshana were absent from the teams, ordy four are bringing in any


The task force suggestion to establish

a booster club council to oversee

fund-raising activities was accepted by

the board members, with one dissenting

vote from Peter Martin.

The power of the council was medifled

by an amendment to the recommendation,

because some board members

said a cooperative effort should be

stressed. The task force had suggested

that the council, which would include

school officials, a coach, the athletic coordlnator

and a rep sentative from each

booster club, would be empowered to

approve fundralsing and expenditures.

The school board will now assume

more responsibility for funding athletic

programs and the need for booster club

efforts will be diminished in time. according

to the report.

The absence of financial support

from the board had put the burden of

fund-raising on booster clubs and created

some inequities among the teams.

the report states. The booster club funds

will primarily be used for special purposes,

such as championship awards and

special equipment.

David Forrest's motion to allow

nlnth-£p'aders to participate on all high

school teams went unseconded, leaving

in place the present policy, which allows

ninth-grade participation only in high

school sports not offered at their own


The elimination of admission fees to

athletic events was discussed at length by

monetary return, he said.

"They're carrying the load," D'Angclo


About $22.000is raised through gate

fees each year, D'Angelo said. A football

game last week raised about $1.000. but

afterexpenses only $550 was left, he said;

"Given the present funding structure,

there's a lot of pressure m generate

receipts." Saloom said.

Gate receipts will be turned over to

the school board according to the task

force recommendation, but somewhere

down the line admission fees would be

phased out, Auclalr said.

Other Items in the report which were

discussed and approved by the school

board included the need for supervisors

to assist coaches and for maintenance

work and additions to athletic facilities.

The task force also asked that an

athletic tmlner be available at the high

school and Junior high schools for all

practices and home games, and that

transportation be provided for small

teams, which do not have cons Istent

means of travel to games and practices.

High school athletes will be honored

at the end of each sports season with a

banquet, the report states, and theJurflor

high schools will each hold one banquet

at the end of the school year to honor all

their athletes.

Salooro told the school board members

that some ofthe report's suggestions

would not be included in this or even next

year'S budget, since implementation

would take i

8toff rlter

In -, unanimous vote, the Board of

EducaOon decided that two part-time

teacher aides will be hired to assist in

oversized classes at Strong and South

End elementary schools.

The board also asked the superintendent

of schools to examine the third- and

fifth-grades at Plantsville and Strong

to determine ff extra help is

needed in these classrooms, and at what

co t. While the average first-grade class in

Southington has between 17 and 21 students,

class enrollment In the two first-

South End School is at 23

students. Strong School has two

first-grade classes of 23 students each.

At present, there Is no balance in the

account, Dr. Louis Sasuperintendent,

said. so additional

e needed ifparaprofesstonteacher

aides) are hired.

The sala for each additional:halftime

paraprofessional is about $5.000,

according to Saloom. moze precise estimate

be determined before the next

board meeting.

School board member Margaret

Edgerly said she is most concerned about

paraprofessionals for students in the

lower elementary grades, especially up

through grade three. She said she considers

the first-graders as priorities, and

after them, the third-graders at

Plantsville and Strong schools.

Average class size for Souihington

third,graders is between 15 and 22.

Plantsville's two third-grade classrooms

have 24 and 25 students, and Strong's

third-grades have 23 and 24 students

enrolled. The fifth-grades at Strong hold

24 and 25 children, the largest fifth-grade

enrollment in the school system.

Plainylile's school board has expressed

' the same concerns as

Southington's - that over the next five

year ., they will run out of classroom

space, according to board member Walter

Dei'ynoski. And they're talking of class

sizes of 24, he said. Southington is Innking

at class sizes above 25.

"We don't have to wait five years, we

have it now,," h.e, said. .




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aides will be hired

An increas in enrollment in the

Special Education Pre-S hoot Program,

which is housed at Thalberg School. also

suggests the need for more space, Salcom

told board members.

A pre-sohool class ,will be added to

Hatton school, with state grant funds.

and an additional teacher will likely be

requested on next year's budget, he said.

The newclass will, unfortunately, remove

the onl available elementary classroom

in the school, system.

The school board has already authorlzed

a study to see where schools can

add classroom space. Some cost estimates

and design solutions should be

av ble by early December, according to

Da l,Weston of Qulnn Associates Inc.,

the Ne Britain architectural firm hired

for th study.

Scheduling ofclasses at the Kennedy

and l .Paolo Junior high schools has

caused:- ome overcrnwding as wall, ac-

groupings Is v w impm ant hexe," Saloom


in response to Kennedy's recent

aceredl aUon roport, Principal. Robert

Lasbury had decided, to malntsln the

integrityofthe academic grouL agsat the

school and discontixtued the .p y of

students "mixing" from difl'erent levels.,

Saloom said in his report in .the board.

Therefore, there was less flexibility .in the

balancing of the classes, he said,

*I would like to see our _students

stretched," board chalrwoman C,he d

Waack said. "I have no q.ual ns. with say-

,need more

"l'/n happy to s that students are

electing'to take more Igoro courses,"

board member Patrtela Johnson sald. "I

think It speaks well f0r.them."

Johnson said she.is_more c mci 'ned

about th students in'tKe standard levcl.

Some of the standard p_hy.classss.

at Kennedy hold 27. 28, and 29 students.

cording to Saloom. she said. Standard U g classes are

"Our goal is to get the kids the also high, enrollme s of 28 stu-

•courses they want," he said., a process he, dents in each class, sli "ba fl.,

calls "demand scheduling. ' "l'ne sanie group " kids are forced

Although the schools rarely turn into large classes and It's not fair to

students away from their electives, ac- them.* Johnson said.

cording fo Saloom, the administration is Some class sectiono ht the Junior

concerned with some of the limits of the high schools have been high. and some

scheduling process, very low, he said. "rhhre's a pattern there

By keeping to the demand prlorty.

however, we are hurting other priorities,

aloom told the board. "We may need to

make some trade-offs."

In order to fit a elass offered ordy once

a day, such as band, the students have to

do some Juggling with their schedule, he

said. A longer lunch period has been

considered as one solution, he said. but it

raises too many problems, such as freelng

up classrooms.

Saloom also said that Kennedy might

need more staff (especially in the areas of

English. language arts and sc/ence) because

it has 60 more students enrolled

than DePaolo, although both schools

have the same schedule.

Board member Peter Santsgo said

there seemed to be more academlc/high}

level courses than standard and general

level courses at the Junlor highs. "Are all

those kids able to handle the work-?" he


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istep on it.

that none of us are comfortable with,"

Saloom said.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools

for Curriculum David Laroon will work

withlheJuulor high principals on modification

of the schedules in order to limit

problem patterns. Saloom said.

Volunteers sought

Woodmere Health Care Center in

Plantsvflle is actively seeking v luntsera

to share their time, special skills and

talents with the center's residents, according

to Phyllis Smfley, director of volunteers

at Woodmere. Volunteers are

needed to lend suppart, and share sooial,

recreational and vocational skills, according

to the center. There also is a need

for volunteers to assist in clerical, roomto-room

transportation, and as friendly

visitors, the center said. For more information

contact Phyllis Smlley, director of

volunteers at ;,.0 , e 6

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