Danbury Public Schools, Connecticut
|Danbury Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||16|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Eileen Alberts|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Danbury Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
Danbury Public Schools serves K-12 students in the Town of Danbury. The town is located in the northern half of Fairfield County, which is situated in southwestern Connecticut. The population of Danbury was 80,898 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Danbury's median household income in the 2010 U.S. Census was $66,281 while the state median income was $69,519. The top employers in Danbury are Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (2,547), Danbury Hospital (2,310) and Danbury Public Schools (1,551) according to a 2010 report by the City of Danbury Department of Finance.
The percentage of Danbury residents over 25 years old with Bachelor's degrees (31.0%) fell below the state average (36.2%).
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Danbury (%)||Connecticut (%)|
|Black or African American||7.2||10.1|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.4||0.3|
|Two or More Races||4.5||2.6|
|Hispanic or Latino||25.0||13.4|
|Presidential Voting Pattern|
|Year||Democratic Vote (%)||Republican Vote (%)|
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
The Superintendent of Danbury Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year is Sal Pascarella. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2006. Pascarella earned an annual salary of $195,613 during the 2012-2013 school year.
The Danbury Public Schools Board of Education consists of 11 members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. The partisan composition of the board in 2014 is six Republicans and five Democrats. State law requires a minimum of three seats to be held by minority parties following each election. Members of the Board of Education do not receive compensation for their service.
|Danbury Public Schools Board of Education|
Code of ethics
The Board of Education requires members to comply with the following code of ethics last updated in 2008:
|“||As a guide to performing their duties, Board members should:
1. Be an advocate of high quality free public education for all Connecticut children.
2. As an agent of the state, uphold and enforce all laws, rules, regulations and court orders pertaining to public schools, and bring about any needed change only through legal and ethical means
3. Help create public schools which meet the individual educational needs of all children regardless of their ability, race, creed, sex, physical condition or social standing.
4. Work to help the community to understand the importance of proper support for public education.
5. Become informed about the nature, value and direction of contemporary education and support needed change in the schools.
6. Serve as a communications link between the community and the schools, working to ensure that the community is fully and accurately informed about the schools, and that the school staff understands the aspirations and desires of the community.
7. Recognize that a Board member's responsibility is not to "run the schools," but to see that they are well-run through effective policies.
8. Confine Board action to policy-making, planning, and appraisal, and consult with those who will be affected by the Board's actions.
9. Arrive at conclusions after fully discussing the issue at an open meeting, and abide by the principle of majority rule.
10. Recognize that authority rests only with the whole Board assembled in a meeting, and make not personal promises nor take any private action that may compromise the Board.
11. Never use the position on the Board for personal gain.
12. Hold confidential all matters pertaining to the schools that, if disclosed, might needlessly injure individuals or the schools.
13. Ensure that all school business transactions be open and ethical.
14. Ensure that the best personnel available are appointed to all positions in the district.
15. Refer all complaints through the proper "chain of command" within the system, and act on such complaints at public meetings only when administrative solutions fail.
School board elections
- See also: Danbury Public Schools elections (2013)
Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Five seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013 and six seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015. The partisan composition of the board did not change during the 2013 election.
Public participation in board meetings
The Danbury Public Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings last updated in 2008:
|“||The Board of Education considers it important to have the viewpoints of citizens of Danbury and school staff. It shall schedule time during each regular meeting, and when practical, at special meetings, for public participation.
During Public Participation, the Chairperson shall recognize speakers, request proper identification and maintain proper order. The Board shall hear only concerns, views, and opinions that are within the jurisdiction of the Board. Any public comment which, in the opinion of the Chairperson, relates to an area inappropriate to public session, will not be heard. The following statement shall be part of each Board Agenda:
The Board welcomes Public Participation and asks that speakers please limit their comments to 3 minutes. Speakers may offer objective comments of school operations and programs that concern them. Speakers are required to adhere to reasonable standards or decorum, be courteous, avoid personal attacks and refrain from vulgarity. The Board will not permit any expression of personal complaints or defamatory comments about Board of Education personnel and students, nor against any person connected with the Danbury Public School System.
The Board shall give due attention to all comments and contributions from the public, but shall not be expected to respond to questions immediately. Inquiries requiring detailed responses shall be referred to the Superintendent, who shall respond within a reasonable period of time.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teacher salaries at Danbury Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and teachers for 2011-2012:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers in Danbury Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Danbury chapter of the National Education Association (NEA). The current President of NEA Danbury is Cindy Mirochine.
Schools in Danbury Public Schools
The district served 10,488 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 6.2% increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Danbury Public Schools operates 16 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Danbury Public Schools|
|Academy for International Studies|
|Broadview Middle School|
|Danbury High School|
|Ellsworth Avenue Elementary School|
|Great Plain Elementary School|
|Hayestown Avenue Elementary School|
|King Street Schools|
|Mill Ridge Primary School|
|Morris Street Elementary School|
|Park Avenue Elementary School|
|Pembroke Elementary School|
|Rogers Park Middle School|
|Shelter Rock Elementary School|
|South Street Elementary School|
|Stadley Rough Elementary School|
The Connecticut State Department of Education published a Strategic District Profile about Danbury Public Schools after the 2011-2012 school year. This profile includes the results of standardized tests used to meet requirements set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) assesses reading, writing and mathematics proficiency levels among students in grades three through eight. The Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) measures proficiency levels in reading, writing, mathematics and science among tenth graders. The following tables compare CMT and CAPT results from Danbury Public Schools to state proficiency levels:
Danbury Public Schools improved in a majority of CMT and CAPT categories from 2010-2011 to 2011-2012. District students improved in 12 CMT categories, declined in seven categories and remained the same in one category. Students improved CAPT scores on three out of four categories over the same period.
|Transparency grading process|
Last rated on October 29, 2012.
- Administrative Officials
- Administrative officials are listed with contact information.
- Budgets for past years are posted.
- Elected Officials
- Board of education members are listed with contact information.
- Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are posted.
- Union contracts are available.
- Academic performance is noted.
- Background Checks
- Background check policy is posted.
- Audits are not posted.
- Current vendor contracts are not available.
- Public Records
- No information regarding public records requests.
- Tax information is not available.
- District page
- City of Danbury
- Connecticut State Department of Education
- Connecticut Association of Boards of Education
- NEA Danbury
- Connecticut State Department of Education, "Connecticut Education Data and Research," accessed January 8, 2014
- Danbury Public Schools, "DPS Fast Facts," accessed January 14, 2014
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Danbury," accessed January 14, 2014
- City of Danbury, "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report," accessed January 14, 2014
- Connecticut Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- News Times, "Danbury board at odds with superintendent," August 24, 2013
- News Times, "Superintendents gets contract," June 28, 2012
- Connecticut General Assembly, "Minority Representation Requirements," accessed October 7, 2013
- Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be A School Board Member," accessed January 7, 2014
- Danbury Public Schools, "Code of Ethics," March 12, 2008
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Danbury Public Schools, "Board Bylaws," accessed January 8, 2014
- Danbury Public Schools, "2012-2013 Budget," accessed December 6, 2013
- Danbury Public Schools, "2014-2015 Budget," accessed December 9, 2014
- Danbury Public Schools, "Teachers Salary Schedule 2011-2012," December 3, 2010
- NEA Danbury, "About Us," accessed January 8, 2014
- Danbury Public Schools, "School Hours," accessed January 8, 2014
- Connecticut State Department of Education, "Strategic School Profile Reports," accessed January 7, 2014
- Danbury Public Schools, "Administrative Staff," accessed October 29, 2012
- Danbury Public Schools, "Danbury Public Schools Budget," accessed January 27, 2014
- Danbury Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed October 29, 2012
- Danbury Public Schools, "2013-2014 Board of Education Meeting Dates," accessed October 29, 2012
- Danbury Public Schools, "Union Contracts," accessed October 29, 2012
- Danbury Public Schools, "Student Assessment and Performance," accessed October 29, 2012
- Danbury Public Schools, "Fingerprinting and Criminal Record Check," accessed October 29, 2012