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  1. Continuing the Conversation about Elementary School Reconfiguration Presentation to the Board of Education February 4, 2019

  2. Landscape: The challenges that brought us here • Diversity of Schools • Budget challenges • Space utilization • Staff development • Class size inequities • Waivers/Boundary lines • Growth in special needs

  3. Possible Solutions • School closure • Status quo • Modified status quo • No more waivers • Additional bussing to transfer special education students to other schools • Adjust boundary lines • Consider other ways of balancing inequities East: 20+ North Star: 13 Peterson 20+ Main 12 Reconfiguration (East PreK-1; North Star 2-3; Main 4-5; Peterson K-5)

  4. Reconfiguration: Challenges • Vertical student mentoring • Emergency pick-up • Busing • Cost • Predictive Error • School start and end times • Parents with students in multiple schools • Drop off and pick-up times • Bus coordination • Traffic • Staffing: certificated/classified • Conferences/Activities • Grade level transitions • Regression • Loss of neighborhood schools • Traditions/school loyalty/identity • PTA • Staff ownership • Peterson Elementary • Isolation • Waivers • PLC Inclusion

  5. Reconfiguration: Benefits • Special needs balance • Use of facilities • Middle School transition • Specialized learners • Teacher mentorship & collaboration • Centralized curriculum and grade level resources Budget savings Staff Development Teacher retention Class size equity Classroom diversity Early class enrollment

  6. Reconfiguration:Opportunities • Language immersion • Grade-level specialization • Arts • Stem • Career Tech • Looping • Instrumental music • Year round school • SEL focus

  7. Reconfiguration:Planning • Transitions • School philosophy • Handbooks • PTA Organization • Curriculum focus • Mentorship/induction program • Peterson inclusion • Busing • Special education • Staffing • IEP transition • School start and end times • Traditions (events) • Parental involvement

  8. Recommendations • Next step • Establish study group • Identify Membership • Teachers, parents, administrators, School Board, First Student • Charge • Address challenges and opportunities • Engage and educate community, parents, teachers • Logistics • Timeline • Report to the Board