High School Engagement Taskforce - School Board Update 3/21/13
HIGH SCHOOLENGAGEMENTTASKFORCE UPDATEMarch 21, 2014
HISTORY OF THE TASKFORCE Upon approval of the bond referendum to build asecond high school, the Board made a commitmentto review after a period of time. Engagement process last year with Dr. JimRickabaugh This group is a continuum of that engagement andpromise by our Board and school district.
CHARGE STATEMENT To study and then make recommendations to theSchool Board in spring 2013 regarding the followingissues: Consider allowing the high schools to developindividual personalities within clear, consistentparameters. Consider incentives or structural changes tobalance enrollment and student diversity in thehigh schools over time. Consider issues of site capacity and equity offacilities as outlined in the district facility report.
RESPONSIBILITIES Report to the school board on an on-going basis Review all pertinent data Seek public, staff, and student input prior to makinga recommendation to the school board Provide communication updates for districtdispersal Evaluate options and estimated expenditures Prepare a final recommendation to the schoolboard
GUIDELINES Optimize building space Ensure program equity Sustainable student attendance boundaries forthe next five to ten years unless there is asignificant enrollment loss or gain versus currentprojections Boundary changes would be considered in lightof pre-school, elementary and middle schoolcapacity discussions and potentialrecommendations Consider safety, transportation, and costs whendeveloping recommendations for consideration
MEMBERSHIP Carole Baab – School board Tim Klein – School Board Tim Dorway – Chanhassen Principal (co-chair) David Brecht – Chaska Principal (co-chair) Josh Omang – Chanhassen Teacher Jaime Schommer – Chanhassen Teacher Delphine Luzney – Chaska Teacher Jesse Longley – Chaska Teacher Chad Lea – Chanhassen Parent Rhonda Fletcher – Chanhassen parent Jill Anderson – MSE parent going to Chaska Michelle Hanson – MSW parent going to Chan Kelly Loosbrock – Chaska Parent Lynn Mattson-Little – Chaska Parent Daria Briol – Chanhassen Student Ryan Souza – Chanhassen Student Hannah Potter – Chaska Student Adam Hoxie – Chaska Student
THE RICKABAUGH REPORT 50 students at each school 46 Chaska community members, 28 Chanhassen communitymembers Chan students (page 4) ―Absence of the diversity present atCHS resulting in educational disadvantage for students (atChan).‖ Chaska parents (page 11) ―Create better demographic balancebetween the high schools, possibly through boundarychanges.‖ Chan parents (page 12) ―Consider strategies to better balancediversity present in both student bodies.‖ Chan staff (page 13) ―Absence of diversity is an importantmissing element.‖ Question from Community Engagement meetings: ―Are thedifferences between the high schools of the magnitude that theSchool Board should consider options to address thedifferences?‖ Chanhassen: Yes 19% No 81% Chaska: Yes 80% No 20%
ENROLLMENT PROJECTIONS AND OPENENROLLMENT DATA2012 demographic study projection reportedthat in 2022:Chan HS enrollment = 1735 capacity of 1731 100.2% of capacity (over capacity)Chaska HS enrollment = 1325 capacity of 1779 74.5% of capacityOpen enrollment out of the district--1200 totalstudents across the district including private,parochial and public
FACILITIES REPORT AND TECH ISSUES Chaska High School needs a Black Box and aScene Shop for facilities to be equal Synthetic turf facilities should be added into thedistrict exterior facilities as often as possible Technology needs have not yet been discussed foreither school by the group.
BOUNDARY HISTORYIntegration at elementary model has been apriorityCommunication and input-gathering is criticalto the process
SCHOOL DEMOGRAPHICS – ENROLLMENT,DIVERSITY, FREE AND REDUCED Current enrollment - 3/14/13 data Chan HS 1557 (25.8% more than Chaska)- Chaska HS 1238 Ethnic diversity - 3/14/13 data Chan HS 7.9% Chaska HS 20.4% Free and Reduced Priced Lunch - 10/1/12 MDEdata Chan HS 7.5% Chaska HS 21.4%
ATHLETIC AND ACTIVITIES PARTICIPATION Total participation is different because enrollment isdifferent. Proportionally, our schools are very close in thepercentage of participants in athletics and activities. In 2012-2013 unduplicated numbers were as follows: Chaska MDE enrollment of 1210 with 609 studentsparticipating (increase of 61 student participants from 2011)—50.3% Chanhassen MDE enrollment of 1515 with 845 studentsparticipating (increase of 75 student participants from 2011)—55.8%
MSHSL FORMULA FOR CONSIDERING FRPPARTICIPATIONFormula exists for recognizing the uniquesocioeconomic needs of schools in the MSHSLChanges are made to total enrollment toaccount for FRP population and results inschool size designation (ex: AAA, AA, A, etc.)Examples of impact from the formula Chaska went from 1210 to 1106 for classassignmentChanhassen went from 1515 to 1470 forclass assignment
SCHOOL DISTRICT ECONOMICCHARACTERISTICS Median household income data indicates a significant incomediscrepancy, which influences the non-district funded financialsupport for athletics and activities
BASED ON ALL OF THIS DATA, ISTHERE A SIGNIFICANT ENOUGHCONCERN THAT WE NEED TO DOSOMETHING?5 – yes, and I will be a leader in helping do something different – 2responded this way4 – yes, and I will be and advocate of doing something different – 8responded this way3 – yes, and I am comfortable agreeing that we need to do somethingbut I may not be an advocate or a leader in the effort – 3 respondedthis way2 – yes, but I still have questions – 0 responded this way1 – not sure, I have a lot of questions but will not block an effortmoving forward – 0 responded this way0 – No, there is not an issue and I would block doing somethingdifferent – 0 responded this way
NEXT STEPS Incentives and structural changes Presentations/surveys to/for our constituenciesfor feedback Making recommendations to the Board