2014 E-12 Task Force Recommendation to School Board, June 19

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Presentation slides prepared by co-leaders of the E-8 Capacity Task Force and High School Task Force for June 19, 2014 School Board meeting

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2014 E-12 Task Force Recommendation to School Board, June 19

  1. 1. E-8 AND HIGH SCHOOL CAPACITY TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATION June 19th, 2014
  2. 2. RESPONSIBILITIES  Report to the school board on an on-going basis  Review all pertinent data  Seek public, staff, and student input prior to making a recommendation to the school board  Provide communication updates for district dispersal  Evaluate options  Prepare a final recommendation to the school board
  3. 3. GUIDELINES  Optimize building space  Ensure program equity  Sustainable student attendance boundaries for the next five to ten years unless there is a significant enrollment loss or gain versus current projections  Boundary changes would be considered in light of pre- school, elementary, middle and high school capacity discussions and potential recommendations  Balance demographics  Optimize learning by balancing enrollment to prevent overcrowding and large class sizes  Consider safety, transportation, and costs when developing recommendations for consideration
  4. 4. BOARD REPORT SPRING 2013  Discussed work to date  Agreed that we need a new demographic study  Believed we should wait to proceed until we have more data  Teams agreed to resume when new information available
  5. 5. DATA COLLECTED AND CONSIDERED
  6. 6. HOUSING AND ENROLLMENT STUDY FROM OCTOBER 2011  2011 projection showed flat enrollment  Over course of 2012-13 school year, communities experienced an increase in housing permits
  7. 7. RICKABAUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT REPORT FROM APRIL 2012  50 students at each school, 46 Chaska community members, 28 Chanhassen community members  Chan. HS students (pg. 4): Absence of the diversity at Chaska HS results in educational disadvantage for students (at Chan).  Chaska HS parents (page 11) “Create better demographic balance between the high schools, possibly through boundary changes.”  Chan. HS parents (page 12) “Consider strategies to better balance diversity present in both student bodies.”  Chan. HS staff (page 13) “Absence of diversity is an important missing element.”  Question from Community Engagement meetings: “Are the differences between the high schools of the magnitude that the School Board should consider options to address the differences?”  Chanhassen HS: Yes 19% No 81%  Chaska HS: Yes 80% No 20%
  8. 8. FACILITIES STUDY FROM SEPTEMBER 2012  Determined facility needs and uses  Meetings/interviews were held with school leadership teams  Determined construction and program capacities for each building
  9. 9. DEMOGRAPHIC STUDY ANALYSIS DECEMBER 2013  Hazel Reinhardt reported the following:  Cohort Survival Method projects K-12 decline ranging from 86 to 329 students by 2018-19  Housing Starts Method projects K-5 increase of 782 students by 2018-19  Housing Starts Method projects additional 205 students 6-8, and 205 students 9-12  District developed hybrid model  Combined high estimate of Cohort Survival Method and moderate housing starts  Conservative estimate of 400 K-5 students by 2018- 19
  10. 10. CITY PLANNERS MEETING – JANUARY 2014  City officials from all four communities were invited to Jan. 8 task force meeting to share city housing development and growth projections.  All four communities have housing projects underway.  Task force members were able to see where new housing development is occurring.
  11. 11. MORRIS LEATHERMAN ATTENDANCE BOUNDARY SURVEY FROM JANUARY 2014  Scientific, random sampling of community  Results indicated significant community support to equalize:  Enrollment  Demographics  Balance diversity and socio-economics  Programming
  12. 12. ESTIMATED SCHOOL ENROLLMENTS THROUGH 2018-2019 FOR EACH LEVEL 2013-14 Proj. Elementary: 4,087 4,621 Middle: 2,128 2,133 High: 3,031 3,027 Total: 9,246 9,781
  13. 13. THREE CONCEPTS WERE DEVELOPED AND COMMUNICATED TO GATHER FEEDBACK
  14. 14. CRAM  The cram option tries to fit elementary growth into any and all elementary school space.  This option would require extensive boundary changes.  Neighborhood schools would be ignored in order to bus students to wherever there is space.  It would require increases in class sizes. Once a building reaches capacity, the only way to fit in more students is to make each class larger.  It is the least expensive option. It relies on existing busing and buildings without additional leases or construction.
  15. 15. SHUFFLE  Another option is to shuffle grade levels.  Moving all 5th grade into middle school buildings or moving 8th grade into the high schools would end up overcrowding the middle and high schools.  In order to affect the least number of families, the recommendation would be to move 5th grade out of schools that are most crowded and into middle schools.  This option is a short-term fix. Eventually, schools will be at or over capacity again.  This option allows for better management of class sizes.  This also is less expensive, however some renovations or equipment purchases may be necessary to accommodate students who move.
  16. 16. BUILD  Build elementary school and 12 elementary classrooms  The additional classrooms are needed because with 400 to 700 new elementary students, a new school may be near capacity when it opens  There would be a process to set boundaries for the all schools including elementary, middle and high schools.
  17. 17. COMMUNITY FEEDBACK  May 19, Chanhassen HS: 24 community members  May 28, Chaska HS: 27 community members  May 29, Virtual Meeting: 22 Listeners, 1 email feedback@district112.org
  18. 18. FEEDBACK SUMMARIZED AND CONSIDERED  Most Common Themes  Support for a new elementary school  Most favor a long term solution  Limit transitions for students  Prefer Cram option over Shuffle  District needs to be clear about its commitment to La Academia  La Academia wants to stay together as a program and needs its own space
  19. 19. TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATION
  20. 20. RECOMMEND BUILD OPTION  Add a 650+ student elementary school  Add up to 12 elementary classrooms to existing sites to be determined based on need  Provides long-term solutions  Reduces frequency of student transitions
  21. 21. RECOMMEND BUILD OPTION  Need a clear plan for La Academia  Without additional space, short-term and long-term recommendation is to cram  Increase class sizes  Change boundaries  Do not change grade configurations – community feedback preferred cram over shuffle
  22. 22. CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE SCHOOL BOARD FACILITIES COMMITTEE
  23. 23. 2014-2015  Keep existing boundaries and monitor new construction in overcrowded elementary school boundaries to determine if students are too many  Cram as much as possible  If not possible to cram, direct new construction / new families to lower enrollment schools  Clover Ridge K stays at K Center  La Academia stays at K Center  Family Learning Center stays at Chaska HS
  24. 24. 2015-2016  Keep existing boundaries and monitor new construction in overcrowded elementary school boundaries to determine if students are too many  Cram as much as possible  If not possible to cram, direct new construction / new families to lower enrollment schools  Referendum – ask question  Communicate clear picture of referendum success and alternative if referendum is not approved  Family Learning Center moves to K Center  Clover Ridge K stays at K Center
  25. 25. 2015-2016CONTINUED  Other decisions to be made  Pioneer Ridge MS needs enrollment  La Academia needs location  Preference is to keep entire program together  Kinder Academy location to be determined if space at K Center is not available  Initiate boundary planning if referendum passes  When considering boundaries address questions students and families will have including..  Will siblings stay together?  Would you grandfather students at current schools?  Would open enrollment be available?
  26. 26. 2016-2017  If referendum passes, classrooms will not be available, maintain interim plans  Keep existing boundaries and monitor new construction in overcrowded elementary school boundaries to determine if students are too many  Cram as much as possible  If not possible to cram, direct new construction to lower enrollment schools  Clover Ridge K stays at K Center
  27. 27. 2016-2017CONTINUED  Kinder Academy stays at location determined in 15-16  La Academia stays at location determined in 15-16  Finalize boundaries for fall 17/18 with actual student numbers  Communicate to public anticipated practices for school enrollments once new boundaries are established.
  28. 28. 2017-2018  Open new elementary school  Open new classrooms  La Academia moves to permanent location  Consider moving Clover Ridge K back to Clover Ridge  Determine permanent location for Kinder Academy  Implement new boundaries for all
  29. 29. QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

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