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An Alternative Elementary Configuration. A Programmatically Progressive and Sustainable Structure. Goals of Proposal. Build upon the K-4, 5-6 configuration Maintain and strengthen our 100 year relationship with MSU with increased collaborations

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An alternative elementary configuration

An Alternative Elementary Configuration

A Programmatically Progressive and Sustainable Structure


Goals of proposal

Goals of Proposal

  • Build upon the K-4, 5-6 configuration

  • Maintain and strengthen our 100 year relationship with MSU with increased collaborations

  • Create a model system that brings community members to the District while strengthening our reputation of excellence

  • Insure that transitions do not disadvantage special needs populations

  • Retain model programs that are educationally sound and self supporting


Proposal 1 5 6 fine arts magnet school at whitehills

Proposal 1: 5-6 Fine Arts Magnet School at Whitehills

  • Create a Fine Arts Magnet School at the northern campus 5-6 building, currently proposed at Whitehills Elementary.

  • Empty rooms could be designated for fine arts activities

  • Students could interface with MSU Community Music School at Timberlane Campus during and after school hours.

  • Other community affiliations (e.g., Kresge Arts Center at MSU) could be developed

  • Transportation and non instructional costs subsidized by parents and/or fundraising efforts


Proposal 2 5 6 science and technology magnet school at spartan village

Proposal 2: 5-6 Science and Technology Magnet School at Spartan Village

  • Create a Science and Technology Magnet School at the southern campus 5-6 building

  • Switching 5-6 cluster from Glencairn to Spartan Village

  • More available space at Spartan permits science labs and other technology facilities

  • Students could interface with MSU Cyclotron and other life sciences facilities

  • Transportation and non instructional costs subsidized by parents and/or fundraising efforts

  • Retains the MSU Spartan/Red Cedar revenue


Proposal 3 retain early childhood program in district

Proposal 3: Retain Early Childhood Program in District

  • MSU Spartan/Red Cedar Funds used to retain Early Childhood program (FDK, Young 5s, PPI, and PPHI) in half of Pinecrest building with other half focusing on grades 1-4.

  • Potential for FDK in Marble where space exists to support the program


Proposal 4 retasking glaincairn elementary

Proposal 4: Retasking Glaincairn Elementary

  • Ideal IB location for access by community

  • Supportive neighborhood community for innovative program

  • Possible overflow for HS students during construction

  • Possible collaborations with MSU on Lab Preschool Extension

  • Possible revenue generation from the ISD


Proposal advantages

Proposal Advantages

  • Expands the clustering vision with magnet options for students

  • Retains funding and strengthens relationship with MSU

  • Retains some key programs and enhances others

  • Retains Spartan Village space that would be lost to the district

  • Encourages cross-district relationships

  • Gives special ed students better options


Potential issues

Potential Issues

  • Developmental time for the 5-6 Magnet Schools would be 1-2 years.

  • Increased challenges and stress for staff members

  • Additional classroom space required to implement Magnet concept

  • Transportation issues would need to be addressed

  • Fundraising needs would expand to accommodate the Magnet vision

  • Staff training needed for Magnet

  • More specific relationships must be developed with MSU and other community groups


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Clustering reinvents our district

  • These changes keep proven elementary programs and expands others

  • Let’s expand the clustering strategy and provide exciting new options for our students

  • Reinvention requires greater collaboration and community involvement

  • What do you think?


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