Table Discussion Notes from W8 Community Dialogue
Questions from the table:
1. What will happen to funding/programs provided to schools from the PWP grants and other long term grants (i.e.- Target Literacy Grants)?
2. How have neighborhood crime rates been considered for school consolidations?
3. How effective is one year planning for students? Some research has shown it takes 3 years to see results, but PWP and principal contracts are for one year.
4. When will the public know which schools will be reconstituted for SY 13-14?
5. Can two schools share a building, but each have their own leadership team and teachers?
Q1. Suggestions for a smooth transition
a. Home visits, schools need to understand what is going on in the community
b. Students might need grief counseling
c. Transportation plan needs to consider both economic and safety issues (students should not walk more than 1 mile, actual distance depends on neighborhood)
d. Students should not be consolidated into a school with lower test scores
e. Introductions to PTA and programs offered at receiving school
f. Parents should be told the truth
g. Hold two different schools in same building, small schools could share the building if proper agreement in place
h. Some consolidated schools need to stay open in the evening to address adult literacy, parent support, teach adults how to help their children on consistent basis, need help from OFPE
i. Invest in stronger reading and math curriculum
Q2. Suggestions for building reuse
a. Community schools (programs for parents)
b. Wrap around services
c. Social services
d. Keep pool at Ferebee-Hope open for adult programs
e. Turn buildings into libraries