April 1, 2018
Dear Cromwell Community Members,
2018 – 2019 Budget Update
The Board of Education budget was presented to the town on March 28th. Our proposed budget provides for an increase of 1.93% over our current year’s budget. The budget proposal reflects a long process that was focused on bringing aligned curriculum and assessments throughout the buildings. You will see the dollar increase associated with transportation, contracted salary and benefit obligations, and the tuition account for 74.5% of our budget. Decisions regarding personnel, which represents cuts in certain areas, have been made to ensure that we have the proper staff to support student achievement. This budget is a result of very thoughtful planning with input from all stakeholders.
Students in grades 3 – 8 will soon be involved in participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test. These tests are given to all students in accordance with state and federal mandated annual assessment legislation for student progress. The tests are completed electronically and will result in individual student scores. The SBAC assessments are one measure we use as a district to determine student growth. Along with curriculum based and other standardized assessments, we strive to determine the academic strengths and challenges for each of our students. Our teachers continually work to review multiple measures of students’ growth as well as our student’s social and emotional well-being. Providing parents with accurate and detailed information regarding how their child is progressing is important and we are striving to provide a more holistic view of student growth.
Hopefully, you had a chance to enjoy one or both of the shows that were presented by our students at CHS and CMS. From March 15th through March 18th CHS presented Legally Blonde to large crowds that enjoyed the music and performance of our students. The following weekend, CMS presented Aladdin to soldout crowds. The students rehearsed for months and the talent of our students was remarkable. Additionally, the parents and community members volunteered time to come together to design and build incredible sets and create costumes that helped add to the professional feel of the performances.
Congratulations to Coach Pinone and the CHS boys’ basketball team on their state championship win. On Saturday, March 17th the boys beat Wamogo in a 58-40 victory at Mohegan Sun. During half time, our Unified Sports team played and both teams represented our district with pride.
As always, if you have any questions regarding any of the information contained in this month’s letter please contact me at email@example.com.
John T. Maloney
Superintendent of Schools