Summary of BOE Work Session #2 on 11-7-12-updated

posted Nov 7, 2012, 8:35 PM by General PTA Address   [ updated Nov 13, 2012, 9:49 AM ]

The vast majority of the meeting focused on the plan scenario trials requested by the board at the 10-31-12 meeting and some logical followup plans.  These plans are listed at BOE #1 thru BOE #6 and ranged in pupal movement counts of 1,678 up to 2,039.  Each plan tried to address a specific question/concern in the Superindendents plan, and basically escalated the number of students moved as bigger issues such as non contiguous planning areas (islands) were addressed.

 

  • BOE #1 was developed to try and use more capacity at ES#41 and moved 1,755 students.  Assessment of the plan showed a mix of longevity changes versus the superintendents plan.   Plan Description and Maps Below
  • BOE #1a was a modified #1, keeping additional planning areas at Elkridge middle school and dropped the students moved to 1,678.
  • BOE #2 was trying to address issues at Rockburn and Bellows Springs and moved 1,831 students  Plan Description and Maps Below.
  • BOE#3 dealt with alternative plans to reduce crowding at Veteran’s Elementary and tried to eliminate Islands.  This plan moved 1,741 students and resulted in Hollifield Elementary school being immediately over capacity.
  • BOE #4 Was another attempt at Veteran’s and moved 2,013 students and touched a lot of polygons.
  • BOE #5 was an attempt to eliminate Islands by splitting them and moving them to different schools.  Waverly, St John’s and Hollifield were prominent in this plan that would move 1,831 students
  • BOE #6 was a domino move centered around Veteran’s attempting to help the Brampton and Wheatfield neighborhoods find a school closer to their neighborhoods.  This plan would move 2,039 students.

 

The meeting then turned into a planning session, with the board trying out different senarios to try and take into account, Islands and public feedback.  This plan named BOE #7 started with moves at Rockburn Elementary and eventually dominoed all over the county as far south as Jeffer’s Hill Elementary.  By now the meeting time was roughly 10:00pm.  Up tell now TSES was untouched as it related to the June 2012 Feasibility study which has Polygon #96 moving from TSES to Steven’s Forest Elementary (SFES).

 

At this point Ms French wanted to discuss TSES and SFES, this trial plan was named BOE #7A.  Someone on the board proposed moving the Sewell’s Orchard Island (Polys 59, 1059, 2059, and 3059) to SFES instead of Poly #96.  Farm scores increasing at SFES was cited as the main reason.  Note:  this change in percentage is estimated at 6% higher at SFES as a result of poly #96’s move.  There was discussion of walk ability and such, but the polygons listed to Sewell’s Orchard Island were moved to test the effect on the overall plan and specifically TSES and SFES.  As a reference the estimated student enrollment at TSES for 2013-2014 school year is 645 students (capacity at school is 443) for a 145.6% capacity measure.  Moving Polygon #96, which generates 160 students, would drop the enrollment at TSES to 485 students or 109% capacity on the high end of the HCPSS guideline as shown in Policy 6010 but within (90 to 110% as a trigger for redistricting).  Now, moving Sewell’s Orchard Island would drop the projected enrollment to 526 with a capacity of 119%, outside of the guidelines for redistricting and therefore not enough.  I could not catch what the effect on the FARM scores would be, but I estimate is would concentrate the FARM scores somewhat at TSES as a result. 

    Seeing that this was not enough to fix the problem at TSES it was then proposed to move the other TSES Island, Hopewell to SFES.  This would eliminate the two islands at TSES and create one island at SFES.  This plan also proved to be problematic as the Hopewell polygons are estimated to generate 109 students in 2013 and would put SFES over capacity at 119 to 123% (cannot puzzle out right number).  Most importantly this double island move would concentrate FARMS at TSES to over 58%, and increase of 12%.  

      Seeing the issues here, the staff was directed to investigate ways to split up the Sewell’s Orchard Island to bring capacity to a tolerable level at SFES and either leave the remaining polygons at TSES or move them to Jeffer’s Hill Elem.  It was 10:30pm and everyone was tired so the meeting was called.

      Tomorrow night will be an interesting night as we go thru planning session #3 and see the results of Staff’s work on BOE #7 and 7A and anything that comes out of the 10:30 directive.
 
the additional plans are posted below along with a video link if you would like to watch the whole meeting. http://hcpsstv.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=913


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