Wednesday, September 20, 2017


TABLE OF PRIORITIES FOR DONATIONS
Donors are welcome to contribute to the priority area in the Table below or to a focus of their choice. 

 


1

PRIORITY AREA DESCRIPTION OF NEED
AND GOAL
  FUNDING FACTS   TARGET DONATION LEVEL

Academic
Intervention
Services,
Grades K-1-2-3


NEED: In the early grades, K-1-3, the district seeks to expand the part-time, per diem academic intervention services program.  Currently, in each of 27 elementary schools, one interventionist (certified) is assigned 2, 3 or 4 days per week.  The district’s goal is to have each student reach proficiency in literacy and mathematics by the end of grade 3. As a support to attain this goal, the district seeks to expand academic intervention services in the early grades.

GOAL:  Double the size of the academic intervention services program, grades K-1-2-3.

  • The approximate cost of one per diem interventionist, 30 weeks x 4 days/week [120 days in the school year], is $22,000.
     
  • Each set of donations totaling $22,000 will finance one (1) per diem interventionist.
     
  •  Donations totaling $220,000 will finance ten (10) interventionists.
     
  • Donations totaling $440,000 will finance the services of 20 interventionists.
     
  •  Donations totaling $616,000 will finance the services of 28 interventionists (one per elementary school).
 
$616,000

2

PRIORITY AREA DESCRIPTION OF NEED
AND GOAL
  FUNDING FACTS   TARGET DONATION LEVEL

Student
Support
Services –
Behavioral
Intervention


NEED: In the early grades, K‐1‐2‐3, thedistrict has identified an increasedincidence of students with behavioralchallenges, that interfere with dailysuccess in the classroom and mayresult in special education placements.Functional behavioral assessment is ateam problem‐solving process, thataims to identify the purposes ofspecific behavior and help IEP teams toselect appropriate interventions todirectly address them. For mostschools in Bridgeport, some or allmembers of the student supportservices team are not assigned fulltime.

The district seeks to implement a pilot project, in selected schools, to offer an option for prevention, intervention and remediation while students are in mainstream classes.  The key element is an enhanced student support services team model: psychologist, social worker, speech pathologist.

GOAL:  Implement an enhanced support services model, in selected schools, designed to reduce the incidence of behavioral issues.

  • The approximate cost of adding one student support services team (3 certified professionals) is $285,000.
     
  • Each set of donations totaling $285,000 will finance one (1) additional student support services team.
     
  • Donations totaling $570,000 will finance two (2) teams.
     
  • Donations totaling $855,000 will finance three (3) teams.
     
  • Donations totaling $1,140,000 will finance the services of four (4) additional teams.

$1,140,000


3

PRIORITY AREA DESCRIPTION OF NEED
AND GOAL
  FUNDING FACTS   TARGET DONATION LEVEL

Literacy
Intervention:
Grade 1
(after school)


NEED: Grade one is a pivotal grade for acquisition of basic literacy and mathematics skills.  The district seeks to offer extended day tutoring (after school, three days/week, one hour/day) for targeted students in grade one.  

Criterion: Lowest quartile.  Participating students will receive intensive instruction designed to address their specific needs.

GOAL:  Offer extended day tutoring in literacy to grade one students, identified as below the 25th percentile.

  • The approximate cost for one school, for four grade 1 classes, for 25 weeks x 3 days/week x 1 hour/day is $14,492 [instruction plus security].
     
  • Each set of donations totaling $14,492 will finance extended day tutoring in grade one at one (1) school.
     
  • Donations totaling $57,968 will finance four (4) schools.
     
  • Donations totaling $405,776 will finance extended day tutoring in grade one at all of 28 elementary schools.


$405,776


4

PRIORITY AREA DESCRIPTION OF NEED
AND GOAL
  FUNDING FACTS   TARGET DONATION LEVEL

High Schools –
Academic
Intervention
Services


NEED: In the high schools, grades 9-10, the district seeks to introduce a part-time, per diem academic intervention services program: Bassick, Central, Harding, Bridgeport Military Academy.  Intervention, in literacy and mathematics, is needed for students who enter high school without proficiency in these areas. Targeted intervention, aimed at raising achievement quickly, would be provided.   The intervention services would be in the form of part-time, per diem academic interventionists, literacy and mathematics; at least one in each area per school.

GOAL:  Introduce part-time academic intervention services in designated high schools, grades 9-10.

  • The approximate cost of one per diem interventionist, 30 weeks x 4 days/week [120 days in the school year], is $22,000.
     
  • Each set of donations totaling $44,000 will finance two (2) per diem interventionists for one high school, literacy and mathematics.
     
  • Donations totaling $88,000 will finance four (4) interventionists, two (2) for each of two high schools.
     
  • Donations totaling $176,000 will finance the services of eight (8) interventionists, servicing four high schools, two per school (literacy, mathematics).
 
$176,000


5

PRIORITY AREA DESCRIPTION OF NEED
AND GOAL
  FUNDING FACTS   TARGET DONATION LEVEL

Early College
Enrollment


NEED: Through a partnership with local colleges and universities, the district seeks to provide eligible 11th and 12th graders with opportunities to earn college credit for coursework. Students who score proficient on the College Board’s Accuplacer, a suite of tests that assesses reading, writing, math and computer skills, will be eligible to enroll in dual credit courses taught by college faculty. Funding is needed to pay for college tuition, books, and transportation.

GOAL: Ensure capacity for 40 high school students (grades 11-12) per semester.

  • The approximate cost per student for one semester is $1000 per semester.
     
  • Each set of donations totaling $10,000 will fund 10 students for one semester.
     
  • Donations totaling $40,000 will fund 20 students in each of two semesters.
     
  • Donations totaling $80,000 will fund 40 students in each of two semesters.
 
$80,000


6

PRIORITY AREA DESCRIPTION OF NEED
AND GOAL
  FUNDING FACTS   TARGET DONATION LEVEL

Teacher’s Choice
Instructional
Supplies Program


NEED: Each year, the Bridgeport School District allocates a $30 E-card, through School Specialty (a contracted vendor), to each classroom teacher for the purchase of instructional supplies of their choice. The purchases supplement supplies provided by the district and school, with resources that are limited by budgetary parameters. 

$30 is considered a minimal amount, that should be increased to expand the capacity of each teacher to obtain supplies to meet the specific needs of the students in the class. 

GOAL:  Increase the allocation to $100/teacher.
  • The annual cost of the $30 allocation is approximately $45,000.  
     
  • Each set of donations totaling $1500 will add $1 to the Teachers Choice allocation.
     
  • Donations totaling $15,000 will add $10, raising the allocation to $40.
     
  • Donations totaling $105,000 will add $70, raising the allocation to $100 per classroom teacher.
 
$105,000


7

PRIORITY AREA DESCRIPTION OF NEED
AND GOAL
  FUNDING FACTS   TARGET DONATION LEVEL

Technology: Expansion
and Modernization


NEED:
The Bridgeport School Districthas over 21,000 students, but currently lacks the full capacity required, in computer devices, to provide all students with internet access in classrooms.  Internet access is essential to creating 21st Century learning environments, in which the collective focus is on all students attaining high academic standards and receiving opportunities related to individual interests. Expansion of internet access will enhance the teaching and learning processes, as well as facilitate the delivery of assessments.  

Additionally, existing equipment that reaches the end of a life cycle (usually 3-5 years) should be replaced with new, advanced technological devices.

Technology is rapidly advancing as the repository for curricular content and interactive learning experiences, replacing print materials.

Currently, Chromebook and/or laptop computers are in high schools, grade 7/8 classrooms and in middle grade classrooms at varying levels (depending upon the influx of school-specific grant funds).  With an infusion of funds, the district seeks to institute a structured process of continuous renewal, thereby ensuring ongoing modernization of technology. 

GOAL:  Provide computer access to all students in grade 3-4-5-6 classes, and ensure ongoing modernization of technology through a cyclical process of renewal.

  • The approximate cost of a cart of Chromebooks (30 devices) is $10,000.
     
  • Each set of donations totaling $10,000 will pay for one cart for one classroom.
     
  • Donations totaling $100,000 will pay for ten (10) carts for ten classrooms.
     
  • Donations totaling $500,000 will support the purchase of 50 carts for 50 classrooms.

  • Donations totaling $1,250,000 will support the purchase of 125 carts for 125 classrooms, thereby enabling access to and renewal of technology in classrooms.
 
$1,250,000


8

PRIORITY AREA DESCRIPTION OF NEED
AND GOAL
  FUNDING FACTS   TARGET DONATION LEVEL

Programs to Develop
Children’s Talents
and Gifts (TAG)


NEED: The district seeks to provide programs that will challenge students and enrich the educational experiences in and outside of the classroom, in order to foster continuous development of their talents and gifts (TAG).  Partnerships with universities, corporations and community organizations are important elements of such programs.  For example, through a partnership with the Greater Bridgeport Transit (GBT) and General Electric, the district has sponsored since 2011 the “Words of Wheels” program.  Students are invited to submit poetry which is then printed on display posters and installed on GBT buses during the March-June period.  Student poets are invited to conduct a poetry reading at the GBT bus station during Earth Day events. Another example is the TAG/University of Bridgeport partnership, focused on engaging students in building STEM projects.

Funding is needed to pay for instructional materials, staff time, special events and transportation.

GOAL: Ensure continuation of existing programs and build capacity for provision of expanded enrichment services.

  • The approximate amount required for a school to initiate a new program is $10,000.
     
  • Each set of donations totaling $10,000 will fund one school.
     
  • Donations totaling $150,000 will fund 15 schools.
     
  • Donations totaling $350,000 will fund $10,000 per school – elementary and high school.
 
$350,000


9

PRIORITY AREA DESCRIPTION OF NEED
AND GOAL
  FUNDING FACTS   TARGET DONATION LEVEL

Advanced Degree – Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

NEED:  The district seeks to strengthen recruitment, retention and career ladder channels for both teachers and paraprofessionals (paras), by offering a tuition incentive program for advanced degrees in conjunction with the University of Bridgeport (UB).

Under the UB program, a 30% discount on tuition is offered when the number of enrollees is 150.  Priority would be placed on degrees in shortage areas --- Mathematics, Science, Special Education, World Languages. Accepted participants would be required to pay 40% of the discounted tuition, and sign a commitment to remain an employee of the district for a period of at least three (3) years following receipt of the degree.

GOAL: Offer the program to up to 150 teachers and/or paras. 

Hypothetical Example (150p):

Projected Tuition – Masters Degree: $15,330; with 30% discount = $10,731.

Employee Share @40% = $4,292

District Share @60% = $6,439

 

*Note: If the number is less than 150, the tuition discount will be lower (10%-20%, subject to UB guidelines).

  •  The projected amount for the 60% district share of the discounted tuition is $6,500/person [based on 150p].

  •  The projected amount for the 60% district share of the discounted tuition is $8,300/person [based on 150p].

  • Each set of donations totaling $83,000 will fund advanced degrees for 10 persons.

  • Each set of donations totaling $415,000 will fund advanced degrees for 50 persons.

  • Donations totaling $1M will fund advanced degrees for 150 persons.

 $1,000,000