Mills Elementary Boundary Info PresentationPresentation Transcript
Mills Elementary Boundary Information Meeting September 21, 2009
Goals of This Meeting To inform parents of the effect of overcrowding at Mills. To explain what is currently known about the upcoming boundary process. To determine the priorities of the Mills community. To inform parents about upcoming meetings, ways to communicate their opinions.
Mills by the numbers
Mills Population This year, Mills has 1080 students. The largest Elementary in AISD. School was built for 841 – this is known as “functional capacity.” Right now, we are 239 students over functional capacity, or 128% of capacity. AISD works to prevent schools from going beyond 115% of functional capacity. 115% of our functional capacity is 967.
Mills Elementary Growth2008 to 2009 PPCD not included for comparison purposes – actual enrollment as of September 14, 2009 was 1077 with 8 PPCD students
Growth from September 2008 was 41 students, which was lower because of pre-K classrooms that were moved to Kiker
Mills ElementaryProjected Versus Actual
Mills Elementary Population
Growth Pattern 2004-2008
Growth Pattern Mills Student Population gained: 84 students in 2008-2009 (over the previous year). 78 students in 2007-2008 District predicts our growth was going to be flat during that time, yet our area continues to attract young, growing families.
The effects of Over Crowding
Challenges of overcrowding Children begin lunch at 10:30 and the last lunch finishes at 1:30.
PE in the Hallways On rainy days, children have Physical Education where there is space. We no longer have a PE portable, it was converted for classrooms.
Or in the Cafeteria… Because Mills has so many students, we have 3 PE teachers, one who is assigned to Mills every 3rd day. On those days, there are 3 PE classes held at Mills.
Creative Classrooms Dyslexia teacher, Regina Staffa holds class for children at Mills in a space that also serves as a closet for the schools Audio-Visual equipment.
Traffic Increasing student population means more traffic at drop off and pick up times.
Fewer Assemblies The cafeteria can not accommodate all the students at one time. The Spanish program for Parents of second graders.
Library resources Students get 1 library visit every 2 weeks. AISD gives all elementary schools 1 librarian, regardless of their student population. Mrs. Higgs pays for a part-time assistant from money raised with school book fairs.
Library Resources More than 3800 books are checked out by Mills students, parents and staff EACH MONTH. These must be cataloged and re-shelved. This is in addition to the instruction the librarian provides.
No dedicated study space Reading intervention program, Roaring Readers, provides coaching in the second grade pod.
Other signs of overcrowding No private companies will be offering after school classes on campus this year. No Abrakadoodle, Mad Science. We don’t have the space. Spanish teachers travel from class to class to conduct lessons.
More signs of overcrowding Bike Racks overflowing Under the Stairwells used as spaces to work with students.
Mills CAC Recommendations Last year, the Campus Advisory Council formed a special committee. This committee studied the overcrowding problem and came up with several recommendations. Several solutions were addressed by AISD.
Actions Taken #1 Mills received one new portable for classroom space. Mills PE portable was converted to classroom space. Portables come close to encroaching on track.
Action Taken #2 25 Pre-K Students from Kiker and Clayton relocated to the Kiker campus. Reduced Pre-K classrooms from 3 to 2. Majority of Pre-K students who remain are zoned to Mills area.
Classroom Capacity Through District actions, Mills had a net gain of 5 classrooms this year. Four from portable conversion/addition, one from Pre-K relocation. All 5 are currently filled. There is NO existing classroom capacity on campus. There is no future classroom capacity, because we have no more land for additional portables. We have exhausted the current resources to accommodate any new population growth.
What if we do nothing?
Worst Case Portables on the playground, track space. Send a grade level of kids to another school. What Clayton is experiencing now. In an emergency situation, Mills will lose a say in how our school is relieved from overcrowding.
AISD Boundary process
What we know today School Board was presented with process on Monday, September 14. A Boundary Committee made up of 10 core members, and 2 geographic representatives from each school. Board will vote on process Tuesday, September 29. (Tentative)On October 6, there will be a community presentation on boundary process held at Clayton Elementary.
AISD Priorities for process Achieve capacity targets that ensure efficient operation of facilities. Affect the fewest students possible. Prevent multiple reassignments of students among schools by developing stable, long-term assignment plans. Minimize distance for students to and from school. Align feeder patterns (tracking).
Why a survey? To determine what values and priorities our school community share. No one wants to leave, but can we use priorities to find a plan that aligns with our values? What will community accept? These priorities will be used by boundary representatives to evaluate plans presented to the boundary task force.
Survey Questions Presented in Alphabetical Order Location of school/Proximity to students Overcrowding Relief Parent Choice/Grandfathering Quality of Education of Schools considered for rezoning Tracking
Survey Collect surveys tonight. Surveys will be available in front office until Friday, September 25. One per parent, please. Principal’s coffee, September 25 at 8am, will repeat this presentation, pass out surveys there also. Results of survey will be tallied and presented to CAC members October 1 at 3pm, during the regular meeting, which is open to the public.
Key Meetings to attend Clayton Elementary, October 6 at 6:30Community-wide meeting regarding boundary process. AISD to present info on process. Boundary Task Force tentatively begins October 13 at 6pm with a work session. No public comments are expected. Maps may be revealed. November – AISD will come to Mills and present proposed boundary maps for feedback. Will we need to collect more parent feedback at that time. Board will vote on proposals in first few months of 2010. Meetings for public comment will take place prior to vote.
Ways to communicate www.millspta.org Become a registered user to receive email updates. www.millselementary.blogspot.com Blog with daily/weekly updates will be posted. Comments should be helpful, constructive.
Ways to communicate firstname.lastname@example.org Email address goes to Mills Boundary Reps We will answer blog before we’ll answer individual emails, refer to blog first. This email to express opinion, offer help or suggestions regarding strategy that aligns with survey priorities. email@example.com This email is distributed to school board members, superintendent, and director of facilities. We’ll need to use this strategically. (A copy goes to firstname.lastname@example.org)
What parents can do now Collaborate on solutions. Assist boundary representatives with priorities. Stay informed with the blog, millspta.org Attend public meetings.
What parents can do later Sign up to speak at community meetings, board meetings where public comment is allowed. Sign petitions. Communicate with the board of trustees, superintendent, district planners. Attend CAC meetings, where district officials will share information. Vote in upcoming school board elections.
Area Schools (indicates approximate numbers without transferring Clayton kindergarteners to Kiker this year.)