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Falcone Outlines Goals to Parents

Superintendent Stephen Falcone outlined the goals and objectives of the Darien school district Wednesday night to Hindley parents and took their questions. One topic of particular interest to parents was overcrowding.

"The board policy is to be realistic and identify how we can be effective and fiscally responsible. We're conscious of planning how much space we need, based on enrollment reports," Falcone said. He added that the school administration decides by Aug. 1 how much space it will need and plans accordingly. "The last thing we want to do is redistrict. Kids develop relationships with their schools, and we don't want to give that up."

Another big topic Falcone addressed was the importance of focusing on individual student's progress and tailoring education to fit the needs of specific students. "We want to move out of this industrial model, where it's like we're moving the students through a factory and producing a product. We want to learn who he is and how he learns," Falcone said.

One way to achieve that is by improving communication among teachers. This involves teachers sharing their curriculums and understanding how they can work as a team, he said. "We want all teachers to take ownership for all students," Falcone said. He said that it is also important for teachers at elementary and middle schools to talk with each other to help kids move between schools.

"We want to make the transition as smooth as possible," he said. "We want the middle school teachers to have data in their hands before the students arrive so they know about the students and what to expect."

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