Enrollment Task Force
Community Forum on Enrollment was held on Monday, June 10, 2019
As a follow-up to the Enrollment Planning Task Force report presentation at the May 21st Board of Education meeting, attendees had an opportunity to learn and discuss potential long-term strategies that the Task Force has been studying over the past year. Community members spoke directly with Task Force members about what they have learned and their analysis of various possible strategies. Additional opportunities to continue this important discussion will be planned for the 2019-2020 school year. Read more about the Task Force here.
Linked below is the task force report presented by the Steering Committee at the May 21st, 2019 Board of Education meeting.
Phase III Work: January - May, 2019
Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps provided an update to the community on the work of the Enrollment Planning Task Force at the January 8, 2019 Board of Education meeting. See his PowerPoint presentation here.
In recent weeks, the Task Force has been immersed in reviewing a significant amount of data that the District has provided in such areas as Gr K-12 enrollment projections (2019-2024), K - 5 classroom utilization research, student demographics, family registration, models of reconfiguration scenarios /transportation Impact, and capital expansion cost estimates. Using this data, Dr. Shaps laid out the following criteria for which the Task Force -- working in small groups -- will evaluate a range of long-term strategies over the next several months:
- Financial Impact
- Educational Impact
- Equity of Opportunity for All
- Class Size
- Overall Value
Phase II Work: September - December, 2018
Based on our learning, research and data review, the Task Force proceeded 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?
Phase I Work: 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, which consisted primarily of learning.