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Ansonia-Derby School Regionalization committee to interview consultant candidates tonight

September 24, 2018

DERBY-The Ansonia-Derby School Regionalization Study Committee will interview four candidates before chosing one to act as their consultant over the next two years.

The interviews will take place tonight at 7 in the Derby Middle School’s cafeteria on Chatfield Drive. The public is allowed to attend.

The committee is looking for a consultant with experience developing and performing evulations like crafting a single school district from seperate entities. It must have a professional staff that can meet the project deadlines.

Among the more important aspects are creating a detailed five-year educational and budget plan which projects enrollment, staffing needs, transportation requirements and special education mandates.

The consultant also is responsible for assisting the committee in determining the pros and cons of establishing a regional school district, the buildings that will be used and the size and representation of a regional school board. They also must recommend a process and procedure to negotiate new union contracts.

The 10-member Regionalization committee is working with a $168,000 state grant. Their budget includes $37,500 or $10 per student in each district; $69,500 for professional delivery of services; $30,000 for architectural services and faculty programming and $31,000 for administration and public involvement, which includes the costs to conduct a referendum vote in both Ansonia and Derby.

Voters in both cities must approve regionalization before the two school districts are combined. However that process is at least two years away.

Jim Gildea, president of the Derby Board of Education and John Izzo, a member of Ansonia’s school board serve as the co-chairmen of the Regionalization committee.

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