School board approves vast restructuring of district management

School board officials approved a comprehensive reorganization of district management that includes cutting and creating various positions as part of a broader effort to improve accountability and streamline processes.
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Royle principal resigning, heads closer to home

After four years of leading Royle School and an entire career in Darien, Keith Margolus will be leaving this summer to take over as principal of Branchville Elementary School in Ridgefield.
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Trouble continues as forensic audit climbs $20,000 over budget

Darien Schools’ special education record-keeping has been strewn with errors and inaccuracies for years, leading to additional auditing costs to sort through the mess as the district continues to determine and implement best accounting practices.
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Feds use survey with high error ratio to determine aid eligibility

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Billions of dollars are flowing to public school districts across the country through a federal grant program designed to improve poor schools, yet the methods used to determine eligibility include data that have high margins of error, which appears to have enabled wealthy districts to receive some of this money. Continue reading

Reading expert discusses dylexia; says English is part of problem

“English is a great language, but it’s part of the problem.”

Words of wisdom from Margie Gillis, project director at the Haskins Literacy Initiative at Yale University, delivered earlier this month to a room of parents and educators at Royle School. Gillis’s visit was sponsored by the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, and she spoke for roughly two hours about dyslexia being both a blessing and a curse.
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