Board of Ed accepts gifts including field time clock, playground equipment and a cello

At a recent Board of Education meeting, the Darien public schools received 30 gifts from organizations and parents in town over the past school year. At his last meeting, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brenner presented a gift from the Darien Athletic Foundation. At an approximate value of $4,500, the gift is a time clock for the DHS football field that would be placed in the end zone opposite the scoreboard. Brenner said the clock “allows the team that is approaching the pavilion side of the field to be able to see how much time is left in the game. It is a very nice add on for the football field that the DAF has graciously offered.”

Director of Finance Michael Feeney explained why the gifts are being presented to the board. “To recap, the principal is allowed to accept a gift of value $499 and below. Anything over $499 has to be approved by the superintendent and his threshold is $500 to $1,999. Anything above $1,999 has to be approved by the Board of Education.”

He finished saying, “the policy dictated that at the end of the year or during the year the superintendent has to inform the board of any gift in education that was valued at more than $500, so this is the report in conjunction to the policy.”

Gifts from the 2017-18 school year included: moveable shelves for classroom libraries for Ox Ridge, Gooseneck Pole Systems for the basketball court in the bus loop for Middlesex, and boys ice hockey equipment bags and girls ice hockey practice jerseys. Playground gifts included an inclusive orbit spinner for Tokeneke School playground and five playground equipment pieces for Holmes.

Some of the many music gifts included: an Englehardt Cello, a defray for the cost of the trip to the Music Festival in Montreal, cultural enrichment assembly programs for all elementary schools, for Darien Music Ensembles performing at the Stamford Town Center last December, a Vic Firth Percussion Kit, and a Sennheiser Wireless Microphone Kit and Receiver.

Board member Dennis Maroney ended the discussion by saying, “I would like the thank the organizations and individual parents who have donated to the schools. I think it’s amazing generosity.”