UNIT 5 REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE

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UNIT 5
REDISTRICTING
COMMUNITY
FORUM
WHY ARE YOU HERE?
- Learn about the background, process, and timeline for
redistricting
- Review options the district and committee have
considered
- Participate in a survey to provide feedback on the
options
The public will not be asked to provide input at a
microphone.
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Public can have opportunity to voice input at school
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board meetings. Surveys are better method to collect
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WHY THE NEED TO
REDISTRICT?
- Enrollment growth has created schools to be overcrowded
- Benjamin and Cedar Ridge over-utilized
• Benjamin is currently operating around 120% of
total capacity (713 kids in a 600 seat bldg)
• Cedar Ridge is currently operating near 100% of
capacity (546 kids in a 550-600 seat bldg)
FOCUS OF REDISTRICTING
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Keep changes at a minimum
Elementary school boundaries
Consider placement of the ELL program
Consider placement of Early Childhood
Education
• Consider placement of Special Education
programs
• Open attendance areas
COMMITTEE
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Board Members
District Administrators
Principals
Teachers
Parents
THE PROCESS
Preliminary Data Collection
Boundary Committee Formation
Data Collection
Redistricting Options Development
We are here
Public Forum
Survey and Results
Redistricting Committee Recommendations
Final Presentation to Board of Education
WHO ARE WE WORKING WITH
Cropper GIS Consulting, LLC
Cropper GIS works with K-12 school districts to:
• develop redistricting plans,
• facilitate community engagement,
• research, map and write demographic studies,
• prepare long-range facility master plans,
• author site feasibility studies,
• conduct & publish housing impact and yield factor studies, and
• provide GIS implementation & training.
ENROLLMENT
2007-2008 – 12,460
2008-2009 – 12,689
2009-2010 – 12,918
2010-2011 – 13,056
2011-2012 – 13,255
2012-2013 – 13,616
GUIDING PRINCIPLES
In 2008, the School Board initiated a community-based
attendance boundary study to meet five redistricting
guiding principles.
The plan is to make decisions following these same
guiding principles, to the best of our ability, but
understanding that with the focus on elementary, these
do not all apply.
Principle 1
Balanced Enrollment
• Jr. Highs and High Schools will establish balanced enrollment by ensuring that their
feeder schools have varied demographics.
• The enrollment balance in Elementary schools will be limited by the commitment to
neighborhood schools.
• Special Education needs and pathways will be considered.
Principle 2
Neighborhood Schools
• Move as few students as possible, yet acknowledge change may touch every school,
especially at the Elementary School level.
• Consider a child’s ability to walk to school when assigning attendance boundaries.
• Assign a child to the nearest school, where possible.
Principle 3
Minimize costs/reasonable travel
• Minimize bus costs by using major roads as attendance boundaries where possible
• Balance busing travel times and costs
• Minimizing the use of portable classrooms
Principle 4
Attendance boundaries will recognize future growth
• Grade level sections will continue to vary according to the educational needs of the
classroom.
• Buildings in high growth areas will have classrooms available to allow for increasing
attendance.
• Balance free and reduced lunch population, where possible.
• Music and Art classrooms will be designated, where possible.
Principle 5
Stability in attendance areas
• The District will determine Special Education placement by considering the value of
having a specified facility and by clearly defining pathways for each special
education student.
• Acknowledge that changes made during this redistricting effort will not be
permanent; the district will likely make more changes in 3-5 years.
• Consider creating a transition plan or building for those students in fourth and fifth,
who will be moved to a new grade school in 2010 then a new middle school in 2012.
• Avoid special arrangements for individual students or “grandfathering”.
• Eliminate all current open attendance areas but maintain an open attendance policy
for future use in growth areas.
• Allow for future alternative educational opportunities including the establishment
of Attendance Centers and Charter Schools.
ELEMENTARY MAP
TIMELINE
December 5 - 6-8 p.m. - Committee Meeting
January 10 - 6-8 p.m. - Committee Meeting
January 29 - 6-8 p.m. - Committee Meeting
Feb. 28 - 6 p.m. - Community Forum
March 5 - Surveys due
March 6 - Committee Meeting (if needed)
Brought to the board March 13 for consideration
POINTS ABOUT CURRENT
PROCESS
-If growth continues at the same pace, there will be a
need to add more elementary space on the east side of
the district.
- The district would likely add more space (i.e. new
construction) in next 3 years.
- Because of this, any adjustments to boundaries until
then should be minimal to avoid moving kids more than
necessary.
Notes about Options
- Cedar Ridge and Benjamin Zones are the only 2 zones potentially
affected in the current process
- If growth continues at the same pace, there will be a need to add
more elementary space on the east side of the district.
- The district would likely add more space (i.e. new construction) in
next 3 years.
- Because of this, any adjustments to boundaries until then should
be minimal to avoid moving kids more than necessary.
- Although movement of programs was considered, it will create too
much impact for a short-term plan.
- Therefore, no programs are moved in Options 1 or 2.
Notes about Option 1
-Brigham and Cedar share the same attendance boundary
- Kindergarten through 1st grade students living in the zone
attend Brigham
- 2nd through 5th grade students living in the zone attend Cedar
Ridge.
- The open attendance area near the Empire Rd. and Towanda
Barnes Rd. is enlarged to include homes up to (not including)
Pamela Rd.
- Students in this open attendance area will not be able to enroll
at Benjamin ES. School options for this area include Hoose,
Glenn, Brigham/Cedar, or Northpoint
Notes about Option 1
- Opening Brigham (250 seats) as an elementary school adds
needed space to the Cedar Ridge area as well as providing relief
to Benjamin through open attendance.
- Enlarging the open attendance area at Towanda Barnes and
Empire Roads provides necessary relief to Benjamin (estimated
190 students from Benjamin)
Notes about Option 2
- Brigham has its own attendance boundary and is a K-5 school
- Cedar Ridge has its own attendance boundary and is a K-5
school
-The open attendance area near the Empire Rd. and Towanda
Barnes Rd. is enlarged to include homes up to (not including)
Pamela Rd.
- Students in this open attendance area will not be able to enroll
at Benjamin ES. School options for this area include Hoose,
Glenn, Brigham/Cedar, or Northpoint
Notes about Option 2
- Opening Brigham (250 seats) as an elementary school adds
needed space to the Cedar Ridge area as well as providing relief
to Benjamin through open attendance.
- Enlarging the open attendance area at Towanda Barnes and
Empire Roads provides necessary relief to Benjamin (estimated
190 students from Benjamin)
Notes about Maps
- Background colors reflect the option zones.
- Option 1 has the same zones with the exception of
enlarging the open attendance area
- Option 2 creates a zone for Brigham, and only takes area
from Cedar Ridge.
- Black/White outlines reflect the current attendance zone lines
- Notes on the plots describe the changes that are made to the
current zones.
- Committee members and Unit 5 staff will be around the maps to
help answer any questions you may have.
Now it is time to review the
maps
- Please visit the Unit 5 website to complete your survey.
- Surveys are due March 5th.
- If you have any questions, you can email Dayna Brown at
[email protected] or you can call at (309) 454-2850.
- Thank you for your time and input!

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