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Morristown Central School District

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  1. Morristown Central School District Alternatives

  2. Alternatives • Reorganization • Reasons for Reorganization • Extend Subject offerings • Teachers serve in specialized fields • Upgrade facilities and equipment • Why Reorganization is Difficult • Fear of losing local identity • Incompatible communities • Larger student enrollment • More time spent on buses • Fear of losing jobs

  3. Forms of Reorganization • Centralization • Annexation • Consolidation • Tuitioning

  4. Other Alternatives • Sharing of Resources • Do Nothing

  5. Morristown Central School District Qualitative Studies

  6. Board of Education Member Profile • Member 1 – Male, Member for 5 years • Member 2 – Male, Member for 8 years • Member 3 – Male, Member for 7 years • Member 4 – Male, Member for 3 years • Member 5 – Female, Member for 5 years

  7. Q1 Awareness of Prior Studies • Board Member 1 • Talk of a merger with Hammond • Shared services with Hammond – 1 year • Open discussion - merging Morristown, Heuvelton, and Lisbon • Board Member 2 • Possible talks considering consolidation • No study conducted

  8. Q1 Awareness of Prior Studies • Board Member 3 • Talks of studies in past, conducted before tenure • Board Member 4 • Believes no studies have been conducted • Board Member 5 • Merger study with OFA (already acquired)

  9. Q2 Impact on Students, Staff, and Community • Board Member 1 • Students would merge tomorrow • Staff is against any change • Community is aware of possible future options • No bias towards any decision

  10. Q2 Impact on Students, Staff, and Community • Board Member 2 • Students do not want closing, merging, or consolidation • Would adjust and manage any change • Staff content with current situation • Community supports a merger with a similar school

  11. Q2 Impact on Students, Staff, and Community • Board Member 3 • Students will be affected by any option • Staff open to any positive changes • Community (Parents) not as open to changes for their children • Close minded mentalities

  12. Q2 Impact on Students, Staff, and Community • Board Member 4 • Students affected immediately by any change • Staff will be against any changes • Community would be for any changes • Tax base would decrease

  13. Q2 Impact on Students, Staff, and Community • Board Member 5 • Pro-merger • Increase pool of teachers & students • Currently a general feeling of instability • 3 or 4 principals in 5 years • Reorganization could increase stability and consistency

  14. Q3 Most Important Goals • Board Member 1 • Raise standards of the school and drop “school of need” title • Remain independent • Increase number of jobs

  15. Q3 Most Important Goals • Board Member 2 • Raise standards of school • Justify costs • Board Member 3 • Give students the best opportunity possible

  16. Q3 Most Important Goals • Board Member 4 • Change public perceptions to a more positive view • Improve scores and standards • Lose the “school of need” title • More curriculum introduced

  17. Q3 Most Important Goals • Board Member 5 • Financial survival • Raise standardized test scores • Increase public relations • Create interest so parents want to send students

  18. Q4 Future Alternatives • Board Member 1 • Consolidation is the best option, but won’t happen • State would have to force consolidation • Sharing services is feasible • Tuitioning is an option • Morristown to OFA

  19. Q4 Future Alternatives • Board Member 2 • Merger with Lisbon and Heuvelton is best option • Sharing of resources as much as possible • Against consolidation • Board Member 3 • In favor of consolidation • Centralized high school is best option • Sharing of resources as much as possible

  20. Q4 Future Alternatives • Board Member 4 • A merger would be beneficial to students • Rivalry among students • Sharing of resources as much as possible • Consolidation is not an option • Loss of Morristown School District

  21. Q4 Future Alternatives • Board Member 5 • A merger is the best option • Sharing of resources provides financial benefits and is a good option • Annexation is not as appealing • Loss of identity

  22. Focus Groups • Summary • Strengths • Weaknesses • Important Features of the School • Principles for Future Decisions • Alternatives Discussions

  23. Strengths of Morristown • Strong Community • Few Discipline Problems • Generations of Families • Close Relationships • Small Classes • Dedicated Teachers • Tight Group

  24. Weaknesses of Morristown • Narrow Minded • Cliques • Poor Area • Coarse Parental Support • Money

  25. Principles for Future Decisions • Students • Money • Time

  26. Alternatives • Centralization • Annexation • Tuitioning • Resource Sharing

  27. Centralization • For • Increased Funds • More Resources • Consolidation of Professional Resources • Diversity • Easier Transition to College • Against • Loss of Identity • Limited Sport Opportunities • BOCES • Student Opposition

  28. Annexation • For • (Centralization) • Against • Increased Student Anxiety • No Change in Taxes • Jobs

  29. Tuitioning • For • Special Needs Students • Against • Costly • Transportation • Student Anxiety • Student Isolation

  30. Resource Sharing • For • Savings to District • Increase Access to Resources • Increased inter-scholastic Communication • More extra-curricular Activities • Against • Time Constraints on Teachers • Job Security • Communication Difficulty • Possible Inconsistencies in Policies

  31. Morristown Central School District Future Demand

  32. Forecasting & Cohort Survival Ratios • As each class moves through their school career the number of students in the class changes yearly at an observable rate. • The average of this rate for several years is then used to estimate enrollment for following years.

  33. Projections of Cohort Survival Study

  34. Total Enrollment

  35. Vital Statistics for Morristown

  36. Projections by Linear Ratios