Mills Elementary Boundary Info Presentation


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  • Note that the “black line” is where our population should be.
  • Image is from the first day of school – in the hallways.
  • To address overcrowding, last year the Mills Campus Advisory Council made some recommendations and the District took action on them.
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  • Don’t know if we need to show this initially or not. This is my rough number analysis – the current numbers came from Robert Schneider
  • Mills Elementary Boundary Info Presentation

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