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High Test Scores, Graduation Rates and Full Day K

'The state of the Trumbull Public School System is strong.'

During his State of the Town Address on Wednesday afternoon, First Selectman Timothy Herbst thanked Supt. of Schools Ralph Iassogna for his many years of leading Trumbull Public Schools and expressed optimism over the town's new superintendent, Dr. Gary Cialfi. The following is an excerpt from his speech on education.

The quality of the Trumbull Public School System is important to me. It is personal to me. I am proud to say I am the son of public educators and a product of the Trumbull Public School System. And the state of the Trumbull Public School System is strong. Trumbull students are consistently out performing students in other Fairfield County communities that are spending more per pupil.

Our graduation rate is 99.4%, with 94% of our graduates pursuing higher education. Trumbull kids are getting into some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation. Our two middle schools have been cited this year by the Connecticut State Department of Education as schools of distinction and our elementary schools have been recently cited for exemplary CMT scores. 

This does not happen without a strong foundation and over the course of the last four years I have spoken at great length about the importance of early childhood intervention and technology in the classroom. I firmly believe that the foundation that we provide to Trumbull’s children in their early, formative years will propel them forward as they graduate, pursue higher education and enter a global economy.

Four years ago we told the people of Trumbull we would make full day kindergarten a top priority and technology in the classrooms a core focus. This afternoon I am pleased to report that we are well on our way.

Trumbull now has one of the strongest early childhood education models in the state of Connecticut. Our teachers and building principals are already telling us that student achievement is improving at incredible levels because of the investment we made in full day kindergarten last year. Without question, the foundation is strong but how do we make it stronger?

The Gibson Report that studied system efficiencies between our Town and our Board of Education revealed that our classroom technology is woefully inadequate to meet the needs of our students.

Next month the Board of Finance will be presented with a technology package that repurposes our school computer labs, puts more laptops and IPADS directly in the classroom and equips a greater number of our classrooms with SMART boards. These types of investments directly and positively impact children and I am asking the Board of Finance to approve this important technology initiative.  Learning begins with strong engagement and technology is a powerful took to drive engagement for the way today's students learn.  

We can pursue efficiencies and protect the Trumbull taxpayer without compromising the delivery of education. There are huge drivers in the education budget that do not directly relate to teaching and learning. This is where our collective focus should be to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. This year we have begun that process. 

Health care is one of the biggest drivers in our Town budget. This year, working together, the town and the Board of Education will work to implement a self-insurance model that will save Trumbull taxpayers 1.8 million dollars while maintaining quality health care for our employees. 

Pam Georgas April 05, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Jose Trumbull demographics are very different than Darien, New Canaan, Westport and Wilton. I think statistically only 50% of adults in Trumbull have a college degree, and incomes are significantly lower. That does not mean we should not provide quality education to allow all children to excel and follow their dreams. But it does mean you will have some who WANT to be in skill trades and family businesses, like their parents. There is absolutely nothing wrong with NOT wanting to be a doctor, lawyer, or stock broker. I think we need to redefine our definition of 'Success' in society. Many of todays young adults seem to understand that, and are carving entrepreneurial paths, rather than conservative paths that society 'expects' of them. If they can make a good living to support themselves, are productive members in society, and are happy doing it...I say that is the definition of success! My guess is many of these teens that find themselves in the alternate high school, just need some stronger direction and guidance.
dave wilsoon April 08, 2013 at 03:00 AM
I couldn't help notice that not one pontificator posting on this board bothered to fact check this issue. Only the typical pity party for the suffering kids at alternate. I guess only personal attacks and shooting the messenger works in TBULL. As for TT stating above that magnet schools servicing a population "that is not getting what they need in their local schools." MY question is why DON'T our local schools provide what they need? Is it a lack of more wasted tax dollars? Magnet schools are ALTERNATE schools in reverse, duplicating an already provided service, only they skim the best students off the top to skew their numbers. (cue the crying)
Thomas Tesoro April 08, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Magnet schools, Charter schools parochial schools and our Public School system all exist for a specific purpose and serve different populations. For parents who want an education that has a religious componebt, there are parochial schools. For parents and students who want to focus on speciif topics there is the Agriscience School, the Aquaculture program etc. The magnet school and charter schools give parents choice, particularly if they feel that thier local schools, for whatever reason, are not adequate. Magnet schools by blending an urban and suburban population (by choice) help address the issues noted in the case of Sheff Vs. O.Neill. The alternate school serves a speciic population. As noted by Trumbull Mom, it has success stories. Is every child that goes there a success story, probably not. However, there are success stories and IMHO, that makes the investment in tax dollars money well spent.
dave wilsoon April 09, 2013 at 01:31 AM
YEA BABY !! TAX AND SPEND TAX AND SPEND WHILE THE ECONOMY GOES FURTHER AND FURTHER INTO THE TOILET ASK THE TAXPAYERS FOR MORE AND MORE $$$$$$ WE NEED A CUSTOM SCHOOL FOR EVERY CHILD , SO WE CAN MEET THEIR EVERY NEED BTW SHEFF VS ONEILL IS STILL IN THE COURTS AND WE STILL DON'T COMPLY AS A STATE HOW ABOUT A SPECIAL "SHEFF" MAGNET SCHOOL TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF KIDS RELATED TO THE SHEFF FAMILY? OR ANYBODY NAMED SHEFF IN CT? WHY NOT - THE TAXPAYERS WILL BE HAPPY TO KEEP THE TAX DOLLAR ORGY GOING
MAC April 12, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Pam's comments are polite and well-reasoned, while Jose's are mostly a tirade against those he disagrees with. He also swivels between criticisms of weaknesses in Trumbull schools, to an unqualified praise of all programs as they are (except staff not being paid as much as in richer towns!) when others bring up reasonable questions. (Note also that Jose's spelling/grammar are very sloppy/un-exemplary for someone working in the school system.) Examples from Jose: "What about are [SIC] number of students in special education? Rates of suspensions and expulsions? Number of students graduating with Cs and Ds?" "Why don't you throw blacks and Hispanics under the bus while you're at it do you can achieve a new low tonight! You have shown all the prerequisites for a PHd in ingnorance and insensitivity." "Why don't you put your house on the market ASAP and go?" "Pam, I don't want to labor on [SIC] this, but to show 'Dave' respect is bizarre." ******** More substantively as to dw's complaint, his questions about the alternative school (and all the costs) are reasonable--and I would be interested in any info about the curriculum discovered by Pam or others. Re Trumbull Mom's post (and KUDOS to her and her son!), it's a good guess that he was properly taught and motivated/supported at home. Also that he preferred the full program/environment at THS to one with troubled/angry kids--an extra motivation to spend only a "short time" at the alternate school!

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