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April 23, 2007 Board Meeting


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April 23, 2007 Board Meeting - Presentation of Long Range Master Planning Committee results.

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April 23, 2007 Board Meeting

  1. 1. Community Members Board Members Administrators Staff Long Range Master Plan Steering Committee April 23, 2007 1
  2. 2. Charge from the Board <ul><li>How should TCAPS’ schools be configured to produce the best student performance? </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze efficiency and effectiveness of buildings relative to enrollment, programs, and resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Where should the Montessori and elementary Talented and Gifted (TAG) programs be located? </li></ul><ul><li>Reexamine the order and scope of the elementary school bond reconstruction plan relative to new findings. </li></ul>2
  3. 3. Pressures Impacting TCAPS 3
  4. 4. <ul><li>Increased high school graduation requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Declining enrollment </li></ul><ul><li>Diminishing resources </li></ul>Pressures Impacting TCAPS 4
  5. 5. High school graduation requirements are increasing. 5
  6. 6. Enrollment is declining. 6
  7. 7. <ul><li>Michigan’s economy ranks 50 th in the Nation. </li></ul>7
  8. 8. State revenues have not kept pace with inflation. 8
  9. 9. The deficit is draining TCAPS’ general fund. 9
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  11. 11. <ul><li>Community Forum 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Community Forum 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Community Forum 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Local Outreach Sessions </li></ul>Master Planning Process 275 400 400 450 Community Involvement 11
  12. 12. <ul><li>Student achievement is the highest priority. </li></ul><ul><li>Give parents options: open enrollment, preschool, ½ day or all day kindergarten, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining programs and small class size is more important than keeping buildings open. </li></ul><ul><li>School closings and redistricting will be painful for those affected. </li></ul>Themes of Community Input 12
  13. 13. Grade Configuration 13
  14. 14. Grade Configuration Recommendation K-5, 6-8, 9-12 <ul><li>East and west sides of district implement together as early as 2008-2009 and no later than 2009-2010 to better meet high school graduation requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Boundary changes will be necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>This may require closing elementary schools to offset costs (approximately 700 fewer students K-5) . </li></ul>Grade Configuration 14
  15. 15. Assumptions <ul><li>Serve those in TCAPS attendance areas first. </li></ul><ul><li>Assign present 7 th and 8 th graders living east of Division St. to east side for high school. The present 9 th and 10 th graders have already begun high school on west side. </li></ul><ul><li>Present 7 th and 8 th graders at WJHS living east of Division St. or open enrolled may choose to attend EJHS because they will be assigned to CHS when they reach 9 th or 10 th grade in 2008-2009. </li></ul>Grade Configuration 15
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  17. 17. Facilities 17
  18. 18. <ul><li>Elementary School closings are necessary to maintain quality programming and to minimize the impact of future budget cuts. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Closing a building” is defined as vacating a TCAPS educational program from a school building at a potential operational savings of $500,000/year per school. As educational opportunities present themselves a building could be reopened. </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 3 schools may need to be closed. Moving the Montessori program into an existing school building would equate in financial terms to closing approximately half a school. </li></ul>Facilities Recommendation Facilities 18
  19. 19. <ul><li>Facility options do not increase average class size. </li></ul><ul><li>No building will house more than 450 students, except possibly Central Grade. </li></ul><ul><li>Schools will continue to be community facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Early childhood, special education, art and music are high priorities and will continue. </li></ul>Facility Assumptions Facilities 19
  20. 20. <ul><li>Bertha Vos </li></ul><ul><li>Blair </li></ul><ul><li>Central Grade </li></ul><ul><li>Cherry Knoll </li></ul><ul><li>Courtade </li></ul><ul><li>Eastern </li></ul><ul><li>East Junior High </li></ul><ul><li>Interlochen </li></ul><ul><li>Long Lake </li></ul><ul><li>Glenn Loomis </li></ul><ul><li>Norris </li></ul><ul><li>Old Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Silver Lake </li></ul><ul><li>Traverse Heights </li></ul><ul><li>Westwoods </li></ul><ul><li>Willow Hill </li></ul><ul><li>Total </li></ul>290 335 709 368 282 338 72 314 275 287 271 209 352 209* 393 335 5,039 253 285 633 325 236 296 0 268 235 240 244 180 304 209 337 284 4,329 School K-6 K-5 Difference -37 -50 -76 -43 -46 -42 -72 -46 -40 -47 -27 -29 -48 0 -56 -51 -710 Facilities February 14, 2007 Count Day 20 Traverse Heights is currently K-5 *
  21. 21. Financial Implications of Closing Up to 3 Elementary Schools Savings of closing up to 3 elementary schools Added cost of grade reconfiguration Total Savings $1,500,000/year ($500,000)/year $1,000,000/year Facilities 21
  22. 22. Montessori and TAG 22
  23. 23. Montessori and TAG Recommendation Montessori and TAG <ul><li>Due to building closures resulting from grade reconfiguration; Montessori relocates to a closed school or to be closed school “X”. </li></ul><ul><li>When the Montessori program grows beyond 450 students, a satellite program will be initiated. </li></ul><ul><li>The Central Grade traditional program and the TAG program remain at Central Grade School. </li></ul>23
  24. 24. Montessori and TAG Selecting building “X” should be based upon: <ul><li>Keeping all grade levels together; </li></ul><ul><li>Staying as centrally located as possible (parents provide transportation); and, </li></ul><ul><li>Capping enrollment beyond 450 students in a single building. </li></ul>Montessori and TAG Assumptions 24
  25. 25. <ul><li>Optimize both programs </li></ul><ul><li>Produce the best student performance </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for future growth of the Montessori program to meet demand (not currently possible at Central Grade School) </li></ul>Committee Considerations for Montessori and TAG Montessori and TAG 25
  26. 26. <ul><li>Mixing traditional and magnet students presents challenges to optimizing these programs </li></ul><ul><li>Costs to operate these programs are the same as traditional programs </li></ul>Committee Considerations for Montessori and TAG - continued Montessori and TAG 26
  27. 27. <ul><li>Growing, successful program </li></ul><ul><li>Desire growth to meet demand </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to keep all grade levels together </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to cap enrollment beyond 450 students in a single building </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to stay centrally located (parents provide transportation) </li></ul>Montessori Parameters Montessori and TAG 27
  28. 28. <ul><li>Grades 4-6 currently </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to keep students together </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to stay centrally located (parents provide transportation) </li></ul>TAG Parameters Montessori and TAG 28
  29. 29. <ul><li>Option 1 – All programs stay at Central Grade </li></ul><ul><li>Option 2 – Central students move to another school </li></ul><ul><li>Option 3 – Montessori moves to building “X” (closed building) </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>Community Forum 3 Results <ul><li>42 </li></ul><ul><li>31 </li></ul><ul><li>274 </li></ul><ul><li>18 </li></ul>Montessori and TAG 29
  30. 30. <ul><li>I am recommending the Board consider for future action the Long Range Master Plan Steering Committee Recommendations as proposed in response to the Board charges. </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Feil </li></ul><ul><li>4/23/07 </li></ul>Superintendent’s Recommendation to the Board 30
  31. 31. <ul><li>Grade Configuration </li></ul><ul><li>Restructure grade configuration within the District to a K-5, 6-8, 9-12 model with implementation to take place as early as 2008-2009 but no later than 2009-2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiency and Effectiveness of Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Close up to 3 elementary schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Montessori and TAG </li></ul><ul><li>Relocate Montessori to a closed or to be closed elementary school. </li></ul><ul><li>Order and Scope of Elementary School Bond Reconstruction Plan </li></ul><ul><li>A recommendation will be made on this issue following a decision on which elementary school(s) to close. </li></ul>Superintendent’s Recommendation 31