Danbury’s schools are bursting at the seams due to a lack of planning from our current administration. Check out the February enrollment report, our latest statement on the issue and other resources.
“Our staffing accommodations cannot keep up with the enrollment,” said DHS Principal Dan Donovan, “which means kids can’t have the classes they need. Many students were left unscheduled at the beginning of the school year.”
Chris Setaro Calls $1.3 Million Education Funding Shortfall Either Bad Planning or Bad Judgement
Setaro Questions Boughton’s School Funding Cuts and Lack of Transparency
DANBURY, C.T. — Democratic candidate for Mayor Chris Setaro today called on Mark Boughton to explain why he cut school funding earlier this year while enrollment was rising, leading to a last-minute desperate plea for additional state aid from the Superintendent to cover the shortfall.
“Two weeks after school starts there’s a $1.3 million funding crisis in Danbury schools, which are consistently underfunded,” Setaro said. “Mark Boughton refuses to fund our schools and would rather spend $4 million on granite sidewalks. There’s either a lack of planning or a lack of transparency or both.”
On September 6th, Danbury Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sal Pascarella wrote to the Connecticut Commissioner of Education, stating:
“…I am taking the extreme step of writing this letter to request consideration of an emergency supplemental appropriation from the State…even though it is outside of the normal appropriation process…I am requesting immediate consideration of some kind of financial relief to assist us in providing appropriate services to all of Danbury’s children in this 2019-20 school year.”
In a letter addressed to Board of Education members Pascarella states:
“In the last thirty (30) days, we have witnessed an unprecedented and alarming increase in new student registrations that will further strain our ability to provide an appropriate education to our students under our approved budget…we are estimating a net increase of 350 students K-12…we have an obligation to find classroom seats, assign faculty and provide bus transportation.”
Pascarella also stated that Mark Boughton promised an additional $600,000 for special education costs, even though he has not raised the issue at any City Council meeting or disclosed how the money would be appropriated. “Because of an election year budget our Superintendent of schools has been left begging for help so our kids can get the education they deserve. I don’t see how it’s possible that this was something no one anticipated. The City approved thousands of condominium units over 18 years of the Boughton administration. How could the planning be this misguided?” Setaro said.