UPDATE: School Board to Discuss Elem. Class Sizes

The Clarkstown School Board will review a policy governing elementary class sizes and review an agreement with CANDLE for the current school year.


A policy governing class sizes in its elementary schools will be introduced at tonight’s Clarkstown Board of Education meeting. The longstanding policy’s purpose is to establish consistency in class sizes in the district’s 10 elementary schools and the only revision is the addition of a date.

It specifies that when enrollment reaches a certain number of students in a class by Oct. 1 either an aide will be assigned or an additional teacher will be assigned and a new section created. The number of students per class varies according to the grade level. The levels are primary for kindergarten through second grade and intermediate for third through fifth grade.  

Additionally, the board will review an agreement between the school district and CANDLE (Community Awareness Network For Drug Free Life). The agreement provides for a $41,075 financial contribution to the non-profit organization. CANDLE promotes conflict resolution, good decision-making, bullying prevention, awareness of drug abuse, drug abuse dangers, drug abuse prevention and avoiding underage drinking.

The programs proposed for the 2012-2013 school year include: “Peacemakers” for second graders, “Cool C.A.T.S.” for fourth graders, Tobacco-free School Policy, VAASA for high schools students, “Too Good” for the Birchwood School, Bullying Initiatives and “Only Two Will Do.”  CANDLE’s overall estimated cost for the programs provided to the district is $67,615.

The board meeting begins at 8 p.m. 

RockCountyNews October 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM
The Clarkstown Community Task Force is made up of the true stakeholders in the school. It includes not only Administrators but faculty, students, and parents as part of the team. Since the Federal Grant was won by South Orangetown the members have had to find creative ways to continue to offer alternative programs to mainly Middle and High School Students. It's time for members of the Community to stop feuding and work together for the betterment of our Youth. C.A.N.D.L.E. is a great organization and their services are welcome. However, they can not replace the school staff and parents that have the closest relationship to our students - and no I am not a school staff member but I am thankful for their work.
Debra Goldstein October 25, 2012 at 04:46 PM
RockCountyNews.......What are these programs that the Clarkstown Community Task Force offer?
Robin Traum October 25, 2012 at 09:05 PM
ADK - You are right there has always been a policy governing class size. More information has been added to the article, recommended class sizes are not changing. The board is updating the policy to add the date of Oct. 1. Robin
RockCountyNews October 26, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Glad you asked, best to check the website on CCSD.EDU since there is so much information. http://www.ccsd.edu/community.cfm?subpage=154
Sigmund Freud January 05, 2013 at 05:15 PM
The Task Force has been led by one person since its inception. If you want anyone to take this group seriously then replace Lorette Adams NOW. By the way, how on earth was she Board of Ed President while also Chair of the Task Force? This is important because she voted on and accepted local, state and federal grants as Board President for HER Task Force.


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