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Bloomfield Public Schools Elementary Schools Consolidation Plan. David G. Title August 26, 2008. Background Information. May, 2006 referendum included renovating 3 elementary schools at a total cost of $30 million

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background information
Background Information
  • May, 2006 referendum included renovating 3 elementary schools at a total cost of $30 million
  • Under the original plan, all 3 schools would be brought up to code and remain as K-4 facilities
considerations for change
Considerations for Change
  • New enrollment projections show a steady decline in elementary school population over the next ten years
  • Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School will have 60-65 Bloomfield kindergarten students in September, 2010
  • Maximum elementary enrollment in the next ten years is 800 students
proposed model
Proposed Model
  • All students would attend one school for K-2 and another for grades 3-4 as of September, 2012 (projected)
  • One school houses grades K-2 with a maximum enrollment of 450 students
  • One school houses grades 3-4 with a maximum enrollment of 350 students
  • Model would have ongoing fiscal, educational and operational advantages
fiscal advantages
Fiscal Advantages
  • We compared the financial impact of operating 2 schools vs. 3 schools using today’s enrollments, programs and prices
  • The only variable is the reduction from 3 schools to 2
  • We could then project the fiscal impact of the new model
  • Savings are estimated conservatively and are in 2008 dollars
financial savings
Financial Savings
  • Annual operating savings would be approximately $ 1,220,000
  • $ 1,150,000 from staff savings (salaries, benefits)
  • $70,000 in utilities (25,000 less square feet)
potential educational advantages
Potential Educational Advantages
  • Facilities can be tailored to fit the needs of students of the age group (e.g., a science lab in the 3-4 school, playground equipment)
  • Teachers now servicing students K-4 can be assigned to their strengths (e.g., special education teachers, music teachers may work better with one age group than another)
  • Special education teachers can concentrate on fewer grade/level curriculum areas, becoming more expert
  • All teachers of a given grade level at one school means better options for student assignment, easier to adjust the mix of students in a given classroom, less disparity in class sizes
potential educational advantages1
Potential Educational Advantages
  • Better consistency in curriculum, instruction and assessment with all grade level teachers in one facility
  • Teacher collaboration and sharing opportunities increased at the grade level (data teams, resources)
  • Professional development for each grade level can be delivered more often and efficiently
  • School-wide rules can be tailored to a smaller grade span
  • Parent workshops can be focused on the more specific age group of the school
  • Opportunities for specialized classrooms at a grade level (single gender, looping, team teaching)
potential educational advantages2
Potential Educational Advantages
  • All special education children educated in their regular school – less stigma, van transportation and in compliance with law
  • Early intervention resources can be concentrated in the K-2 building
  • Media center resources can be targeted to the grade span of the building rather than duplicated across two or three schools
  • Band program housed in one school will improve lesson delivery and whole ensemble practices
potential educational advantages3
Potential Educational Advantages
  • Smaller grade span on bus means less likelihood of discipline issues
  • Décor and feel of the schools can be customized to fit the grade span (height of bulletin boards, e.g.)
  • Supplies and materials can be specific to one school and not duplicated across schools
  • Grade 2 students can feel “promoted” to the next school
  • Outside speakers and programs can be tailored to the specific age span and not repeated at multiple schools
potential educational disadvantages
Potential Educational Disadvantages
  • One additional transition for families during the elementary years
  • Less opportunity for interaction between older students and younger students (limited grade span without transporting)
  • Involuntary transfers of staff
operational advantages
Operational Advantages
  • Single school district approach means no re-drawing of district lines
  • Issues surrounding family preferences for one elementary school over another are eliminated
  • CMT administered in only one school
  • Class sizes can be modified in small increments with approximately 10 classes per grade level
operational issues
Operational Issues
  • Bus transportation may require more fuel
  • Starting and ending times may need to be modified
  • Moving from a three school (K-4) model to a two school (K-2, 3-4) model will have ongoing fiscal, educational and operational advantages that far outweigh the disadvantages in both the short- and long-term