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CAPE GAZETI, Friday, April 5 - April 11, 1996 - 15 Cape School Board opts for no kindergarten policy changes By Kerry Kester struction, gave a presentation at other registration date this spring, mines how many state-funded , The Cape Henlopen board of Education reached a consensus on the kindergarten registration process during its Thursday, March 28 meeting, opting not to make any changes. Some mem- bers of the community had re- quested the board consider hold- ing additional registration periods on some evenings or Saturdays, but the board decided to leave the registration process status quo for this year and consider changes next year. During the workshop meeting on March 21, Ed Zygmonski, a concerned parent, asked the board to consider expanding the regis- tration days and attempt another marketing strategy to encourage parents to enroll their children for kindergarten. A lack of accurate numbers or a means of predicting numbers for kindergarten resulted in severely overcrowded kinder- garten classes at Shields Elemen- tary School this year - a problem that many community members would like to see averted next year. Nancy Feichtl, director of in- Cape Board OKs site-based discipline committee names By Kerry Kester The Cape Henlopen Board of Education approved a slate of members for site-based discipline committees during its Thursday, March 28 meeting. Committees were chosen for both middle schools and the high school. Bob Smith, director of instruc- tion, said the committees were an outgrowth of House Bill 247, which provides funding for school discipline programs. "The middle school and the high school Were given the opportunity to apply for larger sums to help out with disci- pline," said Smith. However, as a condition of receiving the addi- tional grant money, districts must form site-based committees, part of the educational reform strategy in Delaware. The Cape district, which has had a strong and active discipline committee for a couple of years, will not replace that committee because of the new site-based committees. Instead, said- Smith, each of the building committees will formulate recommendations that they will-forward to the dis- trict committee. The site-based committees are comprised of district employees, parents, students and community members. "We'll have a broader base of input," said Smith. "We're going to have more input about what's working and what's not working." In addition to their work on pro- moting better school climates, Smith said, each of the site-based committees will also be determin- ing how to spend the grant money Continued on page 16 the board meeting regarding the unit count system, hiring prac.tices and the registration process. "We get far more parents on the first day of registration than almost any district around," said Nancy Feichtl. 'What means it's well ad- vertised." She then presented cur- rent projections and explained the unit count system. Projected kindergarten enroll- ment figures presently are as fol- lows: Rehoboth Elementary School - 93; Shields Elementary School - 135, and H.O. Britting- ham Elementary School - approxi- mately 83. "In the final analysis, it wouldn't matter what the project- ed figures would be unless it would hit 160 regular education students," said Zygmonski in a later interview. Feichtl said thatadding registra- tion days now would provide un- usable data. Without having data with which to compare it, she said she would not know how to inter- pret it. "I would have to do it for several years in order to know what the pattern is." However, she said, previous enrollment pro- jections have been fairly accurate. "We've called it within a margin of error of 10 percent," she said. At the suggestion of June Tu- ransky, board member, the board reached consensus on adding an- "I'd like to see it as an opportunity to try," said Turansky. However, prior to confirming any details, the board requested an estimated cost for hiring staff for an addi- tional registration date. Feichtl said she guessed it would cost the district between $3,000 and $5,000, although she stated that she was only guessing at the cost. The board then decid- ed against holding the additional registration date. Bob Smith, di- rector of instruction, suggested the board consider promoting kinder- garten registration during a sum- mer festival for youth, and the board agreed to try. Turansky, showing concern that the board was not finding a means to avoid the overcrowding that oc- curred this year, said she would like to try to find a funding mech- anism to make adjustments "for bubbles" [unexpected population growth]. "We need some room to move in this count, because it's difficult," said Turansky. "I really think the bottom line is to put a ceiling on class size," said Brent Moore, board member. He said he would support some loose- ly structured funding that would allow for personnel growth if needed, rather than spend money now on additional registration days. . Total district enrollment deter- teaching units a district earns. Generally, the district assigns the approximate number of teaching units that each building earns. Building principals determine how to use those units, said Fe- ichtl. They must, however, staff all teaching positions from the to- tal number of units they receive, including those who teach special education, art, physical education, etc. All districts in the state also earn Academic Excellence Units. The state uses a different formula to calculate the number of those units. Each district may opt to use those units for staffing, but they may also take a cash option, which has few restrictions on how the money is used. The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict uses only a few of its Acade- mic Excellence Units for staffing, and the positions it does fund with that money are special teachers such as career counselors, English as Second Language teachers, etc. The board adopted a policy sev- eral years ago that prohibits an- other source of funding - local funds - from being used to hire teachers. Butch Archer opposed making any funding changes, stat- ing that it would lead the district toward an unstable budget. "You're courting disaster on the financial side," said Archer. Are You Ready? vor the Eastern Shore's finest omemade ice cream and hand- dipped yogurt beginning April 5th. 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