Enrollment Task Force

Mamaroneck Public Schools Task Force

on Space, Growth & Achievement

Background

In October 2017, the Board of Education announced its plans to convene a community-wide task force to fully investigate potential long-term strategies for addressing enrollment growth. The Board's goal was that this task force would consider the challenge of enrollment growth within the broader context of the District's educational goals, space constraints and fiscal challenges. Ultimately, this task force would assist the Board in making an informed evaluation of these strategies, recognizing that any final decision rests with the Board.

After an initial application process, the Task Force began meeting in March, 2018. Their work and findings are summarized below.

Task Force Members

The Task Force is a group of approximately 40 community members -- including parents; school administrators, faculty, staff and students; from a variety of backgrounds and neighborhoods broadly representing all segments of our community.

Task Force Charge

Guided by the tenets of the Mamaroneck UFSD’s Mission Statement, members of Enrollment Task Force will investigate and assess a variety of long-term strategies to address growing enrollment and instructional space limitations by committing to learning about the unfolding transformation of teaching and learning.

All task force members are asked to bring an open mind, to be fully engaged, to ask questions and seek answers, and to respect the civility and collaboration inherent to the process of public deliberation.


Work Plan

Phase One: Learning

March - May 2018

In the presentation below, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Shaps provides a summary of Phase One of the Enrollment Task Force's work.

Phase II: Our Work Moving Forward

September - December, 2018

Based on our learning, research and data review, the Task Force will proceed in small working groups to investigate long-term strategies for enrollment and space, guided by the following:

  • If elementary enrollment continues to grow over the next decade and we maintain the neighborhood schools model, current class size guidelines, and program offerings what options should the Board of Education consider specific to redrawing (modifying) school assignment zones and/or reassignment? What are the advantages, drawbacks, or limitations? What challenges remain or may surface in the future?
  • As we evaluate long-term enrollment trends and space needs in the context of our mission, community values, and long-term vision for teaching and learning, should the district prioritize capital expenditures (e.g., expanding, adding, or redesigning schools) in order to maintain the current educational delivery model? To what extent can we address future enrollment growth/learning space limitations by redesigning learning spaces (moving away from cells and bells) consistent with the work presented by Fielding and Nair?
  • As we evaluate long-term enrollment trends and space limitations in the context of our mission, community values, and long-term vision for teaching and learning, are there alternative educational delivery models or program design options that may serve to improve the system, offer new learning opportunities, achieve efficiencies, provide financial sustainability and accommodate future enrollment growth?


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