Over the past two years, 98 percent of the state Alliance funds provided to Bloomfield Public Schools – approximately $1.7 million – have been invested in education-reform programs.
An Oct. 8, 2015 story published by CT Mirror was misinterpreted by some of our constituents who surmised that Bloomfield was among the districts allegedly misdirecting funds.
I would like to reaffirm that Bloomfield Public Schools is in full compliance with how those Alliance funds are spent. Also, any budget carry-over money connected to those funds is invested in reform-related programs, specifically our Extended Learning program, which features 20 additional days of summer school.
The summer school initiative has been a key driver in Bloomfield’s track record of improving student performance and reducing the academic achievement gap over the past four years.
Those summer school days, for the most part, are full days – running from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for those in grades 1 through 8. There are 578 students in the summer school program, including high school students.
As a result of the program, we are seeing promising academic gains in math and language arts – and expect to see continued growth in those subjects.
Our returns on investment with those state funds reflect the district’s unwavering commitment to education reform.
James Thompson Jr. is superintendent of the Bloomfield Public Schools.