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Board LRMP Presentation 7-9-07 Revised

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  • 1. School Closing Recommendation July 9, 2007
  • 2. Charge from TCAPS Board of Education March 20, 2006
      • MOVED BY CRAMPTON, SUPPORTED BY CASLER, that the Administration establish a long-range facility master plan. The master plan will address the following: exploration of changes in school grade configuration, creation of a long-term plan for the housing of the TCAPS’ Montessori and elementary Talented and Gifted programs, continued analyzation of organizational efficiencies/effectiveness of our buildings in relation to our enrollment, and re-examination of the order and scope of the elementary building reconstruction projects.
    • YES: Barr, Brooke, Casler, Crampton, Lyberg, Morris
    • NO: None
    • MOTION PASSED
  • 3. Hiring of Consultant TCAPS Board of Education June 26, 2006
      • MOVED BY CRAMPTON, SUPPORTED BY LYBERG, that the Board of Education authorized the hiring of Kingscott, Inc to facilitate the creation of a TCAPS Long Range Master Plan.
    • YES: Barr, Brooke, Casler, Crampton, Lyberg, Morris
    • NO: None
    • MOTION PASSED
  • 4.  
  • 5. 100 Member Long Range Master Plan Steering Committee
  • 6. Community Forum 1 November 6, 2006
  • 7. Community Forum 2 January 29, 2007
  • 8. Community Forum 3 March 19, 2007
  • 9.
    • Community Forum 1 275
    • Community Forum 2 400
    • Community Forum 3 400
    • Local Outreach Sessions 450
    Community Involvement
  • 10.  
  • 11. LRMP Steering Committee Recommendations to Superintendent April 16, 2007
    • Change the grade configuration of TCAPS schools to k-5, 6-8, 9-12, with boundary changes, as early as the fall of 2008.
    • Close up to three elementary schools.
    • Relocate the Montessori program to a closed or to be closed elementary school building.
  • 12. Superintendent’s Recommendation to Board of Education April 23, 2007
    • Grade Configuration
    • Restructure grade configuration within the District to a K-5, 6-8, 9-12 model with boundary changes. Implementation to take place as early as 2008-2009 but no later than 2009-2010.
    • Efficiency and Effectiveness of Facilities
    • Close up to 3 elementary schools.
    • Montessori and TAG
    • Relocate Montessori to a closed or to be closed elementary school.
    • Order and Scope of Elementary School Bond Reconstruction Plan
    • A recommendation will be made on this issue following a decision on which elementary school(s) to close.
  • 13. Regular Meeting Monday, May 14, 2007
      • MOVED BY BARR, SUPPORTED BY CRAMPTON, that the Board of Education approve the recommendation of the Superintendent to restructure the District’s grade configurations, moving from a K-6, 7-9, 10-12 model to a K-5, 6-8, 9-12 school building model with boundary changes; close up to 3 elementary schools (to be identified in the near future); and move the District’s Montessori program out of Central Grade to a closed school “X”.
    • YES: Barr, Brooke, Casler, Crampton, McNally, Morris
    • NO: None
    • MOTION PASSED
  • 14. Why change grade configuration? High School Graduation Requirements are Increasing VPAA=Visual Performing Applied Arts LOTE=Language Other Than English – added to graduation requirements with class of 2016
  • 15.
    • The moving from K-6 th grade buildings to K-5 th grade buildings in the fall of 2008 means a reduction of over 700 students from our elementary schools.
    Why is TCAPS considering closing up to three elementary schools? While a number of factors have influenced this decision, the primary reasons are:
  • 16. Enrollment/Capacities Switching from K-6 to K-5 means 701 fewer elementary students. 5425 4369 5070 Totals 350 287 337 Willow Hill 450 344 399 Westwoods 350 205 205 Traverse Heights 325 308 356 Silver Lake 275 179 208 Old Mission 300 247 274 Norris
  • 17.
    • The costs associated with operating small elementary schools at a time when state funding is not keeping pace with inflation may cause an erosion in school programs.
    Why is TCAPS considering closing up to three elementary schools? (continued)
  • 18. Structural Deficit
  • 19.
    • Maintain small class sizes
    • Preserve high quality programs
    • Ensure every TCAPS graduate is well prepared to succeed in the future
    Driving Principles Behind the Proposed Changes:
  • 20. Board Approved Criteria for Closing a School - Factors to Consider -
    • Number of students displaced
    • Net open enrollment – in vs. out
    • Number of walkers
    • Proximity to non-TCAPS public schools
    • Historical significance
    • Current enrollment and projected trend
    • Cost of renovation to meet 21 st century needs
    • Size and flexibility of building/site for TCAPS purposes
    • Value of property for other uses
    • Transportation implications – length and cost
    The ten criteria listed below are based upon public input, previous TCAPS closings and an analysis of processes used in other districts and are in no particular order.
  • 21. Regular Meeting Monday, May 21, 2007
      • MOVED BY CRAMPTON, SUPPORTED BY BARR, to approve the criteria established by administration to identify up to 3 elementary school closings; remove the two new reconstructs (Old Mission and Traverse Heights), and remove the four newest elementary schools (Silver Lake, Westwoods, Courtade, and Blair) from closing consideration.
    • YES: Barr, Brooke, Casler, Crampton, McNally, Morris
    • NO: None
    • MOTION PASSED
  • 22. Schedule of Elementary School Closings/Consolidation Process
    • Phase One: May 22 - June 8
      • School meetings focused on sharing the school closing process, ten criteria, and gathering public input were held in each of the buildings under consideration.
    • Phase Two: June 11 – July 6
      • Administration developed school closing plan based on Board approved criteria.
    • Phase Three: July 9
      • Recommendations presented to Board of Education.
    Over 700 interested citizens attended the nine meetings.
  • 23. Analysis of Closing Criteria Using a 1-9 Ranking Model Example: Number of students displaced - range 370 - 235 370 = 1 (least likely candidate) 235 = 9 (most likely candidate)
  • 24. Analysis of Closing Criteria Using a 3 Scale Rubric Model
  • 25. Analysis of Closing Criteria Using a Proportionate Variance Model
  • 26.  
  • 27.
    • I recommend that we close the following elementary schools at the close of the 2007/08 school year:
      • Bertha Vos Elementary School
      • Glenn Loomis Elementary School
      • Norris Elementary School
  • 28. Next Steps:
    • Plan developed for:
      • Assignment of students
      • Open enrollment
      • Transportation
      • Facility Modifications
    • Work closely with affected school communities to ensure the best possible transition to a new building in the fall of 2008 to support improved student achievement.