Westport Public Schools

Westport Public Schools

Westport Public Schools Middle School Scenarios May 10, 2019 Agenda BOE Guiding Criteria Recap of previous Scenarios Analysis of Potentially Viable Scenarios BOE Guiding Criteria The BoEs primary goal for redistricting is to improve the enrollment balance at both middle schools so that it can ensure the viability of each school and equity for all students. Guiding Criteria Instructional Model: maintain a minimum of 2 teams per grade with 4 teachers per team at each of the middle schools. Utilization: promote reasonable balancing of enrollment of schools to avoid over-utilization or under-utilization of facilities. Proximity: keep distances traveled by students as short as possible. This may result in students going to first or second nearest school. Equity: provide access to the same resources and programming for all students. Sustainability: ensure long-term sustainability of plan 5 & 10 years. Disruption: minimize impact to families by not having a split feeder pattern at any of the Els. Redistricting options are guided by and weighed against these criteria to evaluate their viability. 3 Recap: Elementary Capacity Elementary School Baseline Functional Capacity (90% efficiency) Total Potential October Flex Capacity (90% 2018 Seat Surplus/ Utilizatio Classrooms Flex Capacity efficiency) Enrollment Deficit n Coleytown* 403 2* 45 448 383

65 85.5% Green's Farms 448 3 68 516 403 113 78.1% King's Highway 508 1 23 531 471 60 88.7% Long Lots 595 1 23 618 544 74 88.0% Saugatuck 508 2 45 553 466 87

84.3% Total K-5 2,462 9 204 2,666 2,267 399 85.0% * Coleytowns capacity excludes 5 full-size Pre-K classrooms Flex Capacity includes rooms that could be used for grade-level instruction if enrollment pressures warranted. Adds 204 seats districtwide. Flex capacity was confirmed with building leadership in May 2019. Total Potential Capacity includes both flex capacity and existing fullsized classrooms operating at 90% efficiency. Includes K-5 space only. 4 Recap: Middle School Capacity State ED050 Capacity Current 6-8 Enrollment (10/1/2018) Utilization Coleytown Middle School 600 456 76.0% Bedford Middle School 800 860 107.5% 1,400 1,316 94.0% School Total Source: Connecticut State Department of Education Middle schools not evaluated as part of previous capacity analysis.

Relied on state-reported capacity (ED050 form), which was last updated in 2013. State ED050 capacity excludes additional capacity being added to Bedford. 5 Summary of Scenarios # Scenario Grade Reconfigurations School Closed Viability based on current square footage Student Impacts Enrollment Balance Scenarios 1 through 4 have been eliminated from consideration 5 Close Coleytown ES and relocate Pre-K to Long Lots ES Existing configuration maintained Coleytown ES Requires additional space - Elementary schools overutilized 6 Close Greens Farms ES and move Pre-K to a NonElementary Building Move Pre-K to a non-elementary building Greens Farms ES Requires additional space - Elementary schools overutilized 7 Balance elementary enrollment and move Pre-K to Coleytown MS

Move Pre-K to Coleytown Middle School None No additional space needed Elem: Moderate Mid: Minimal Elem: Good Mid: Fair 8 Balance elementary enrollment and relocate Pre-K to Long Lots ES Existing configuration maintained None No additional space needed Elem: Moderate Mid: Minimal Elem: Good Mid: Poor 9 Balance Middle School Enrollments Existing configuration maintained None May require additional space Elem: Significant Mid: Moderate Elem: Poor Mid: Good 10 Balance Elementary Enrollments and Reconfigure the grades of the Middle Schools Convert Coleytown MS to 6th grade academy and house 7-8th grades at Bedford None May require additional space Elem: Moderate Mid: Significant Elem: Good

Mid: Poor 11 Maintain existing elementary feeder pattern and redistrict to hit target capacity of 540 at Coleytown MS Existing configuration maintained None No additional space needed Elem: Moderate Mid: Moderate Elem: Poor Mid: Good 12 Retain direct feeder, but modify feeder pattern to hit target capacity of 540 at Coleytown MS (version 1) Existing configuration maintained None No additional space needed Elem: None Mid: Significant Elem: Fair Mid: Good 13 Balance both elementary and middle school enrollments by implementing a split feeder pattern Existing configuration maintained None No additional space needed Elem: Moderate Mid: Moderate Elem: Good Mid: Good 14 Retain direct feeder, but modify feeder pattern to hit target capacity of 540 at Coleytown MS (version 2) Existing configuration maintained None

No additional space needed Elem: None Mid: Significant Elem: Fair Mid: Fair Student Impacts: Minimal: <5% redistricted; Moderate: 5% to 10% redistricted; Significant: >10% redistricted Enrollment Balance: Good: utilization range <10%; Fair: utilization range 10% to 15%; Poor: utilization range>15% 6 Key Findings from Scenarios There is not enough capacity at the elementary school level to close a school without adding additional space elsewhere. You can not balance both middle school and elementary school enrollments based on the existing feeder pattern. Split feeder pattern or modified direct feeder pattern may be viable. 7 Middle School Scenarios Given the BOEs primary focus on the enrollment balance, equity, and viability at the middle school level, the following scenarios were explored in greater detail relative to the Guiding Criteria. The Split Middle School Feeder Pattern (Scenario 13) was not evaluated further, since it does not align with the Guiding Criteria. Maintain current 6-8 6th Grade Academy and Configuration 7th -8th Grade Academy Status Quo Modified Direct Feeder Pattern 6th Grade Academy 6th Grade Academy With Pocket Redistricting Scenarios are not recommendations and are presented for informational purposes only. The scenarios are intended to help the BOE understand the viability of different alternatives from an enrollment and capacity perspective. 8 Maintain Status Quo Assumptions: Maintain current elementary (K-5) and middle school (6-8) configuration. Both middle schools return to a 6-8 format once Coleytown Middle School reopens. No changes to current attendance zones or feeder patterns. Long Lots, Greens Farms, and Saugatuck to Bedford Middle School. Pre-K remains a Coleytown Elementary School. 9 No change in

elementary school districts 10 Maintain Status Quo: Elementary Schools If the district maintains the status quo, there is ample capacity within the elementary school system to meet the districts needs over the next ten years. Enrollment is not projected to exceed the baseline functional capacity over the next decade. 11 Maintain Status Quo: Elementary Schools Individual Elementary School Projections (Medium Model): 2019-20 to 2028-29 School 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28 2028-29 Coleytown 381 392 392 397 395 389 392 399 399 405 Green's Farms 396

402 407 405 409 409 407 415 416 421 King's Highway 464 454 448 446 458 454 458 463 468 473 Long Lots 538 551 540 555 537 540 544 547 551 558 Saugatuck 449

436 439 439 444 451 452 456 457 462 2,228 2,235 2,226 2,242 2,243 2,243 2,253 2,280 2,291 2,319 Total Individual Elementary School Utilization (Medium Model): 2019-20 to 2028-29 School 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28 2028-29 Coleytown

85.0% 87.5% 87.5% 88.6% 88.2% 86.8% 87.5% 89.1% 89.1% 90.4% Green's Farms 76.7% 77.9% 78.9% 78.5% 79.3% 79.3% 78.9% 80.4% 80.6% 81.6% King's Highway 87.4% 85.5% 84.4% 84.0% 86.3% 85.5% 86.3% 87.2% 88.1% 89.1% Long Lots

87.1% 89.2% 87.4% 89.8% 86.9% 87.4% 88.0% 88.5% 89.2% 90.3% Saugatuck 81.2% 78.8% 79.4% 79.4% 80.3% 81.6% 81.7% 82.5% 82.6% 83.5% Total 83.6% 83.8% 83.5% 84.1% 84.1% 84.1% 84.5% 85.5% 85.9% 87.0% No schools are projected to exceed 90% utilization until year 10 of projections. Lowest utilization at Greens Farms and highest utilization at

Coleytown and Long Lots. Existing elementary schools districts are projected to have reasonable enrollment balance over the next decade. 12 Maintain Status Quo: Middle Schools If the district maintains the status quo, there is ample total capacity within the middle school system to meet the districts needs over the next ten years. However, the imbalance between the two middle schools will persist. 13 Maintain Status Quo: Middle Schools Projected enrollment at CMS is not large enough to support two 4teacher teams per grade. Most years would only support one 6-teacher team in each grade. Projected enrollment at BMS is too large to support two 4-teacher teams per grade. Most years would have one 4-teacher team and one 6teacher team in each grade, or three 4-teacher teams. Does not align with BOEs preferred middle school instructional model. 14 Maintain Status Quo: Considerations Guiding Criteria Primary Goal: Improve the enrollment balance at both middle schools so that it can ensure the viability of each school and equity for all students. Status Quo Scenario X Instructional Model: Maintain a minimum of 2 teams per grade with 4 teachers per team at each middle school Only supports one team at CMS. Does not support 4teachers per team. Utilization: Promote reasonable balancing of enrollment of schools to avoid over-utilization or under-utilization of facilities. No change from status quo Proximity: Keep distances traveled by students as short as possible. This may result in students going to first or second nearest school. No change from status quo Equity: Provide access to the same resources and programming for all students No change from status quo Sustainability: Ensure long-term sustainability of plan 5 & 10 years. Does not provide a sustainable balance of middle school enrollments Disruption: Minimize impact to families by not having a split feeder pattern at any of the Els. No change from status quo 15

Modified Direct Feeder Pattern Based on Scenario 12. Assumptions: Maintain existing elementary school districts. Modify the Middle School Feeder Pattern: Coleytown and Long Lots to Coleytown Middle School. Kings Highway, Greens Farms, and Saugatuck to Bedford Middle School. Maintain Pre-K in the Coleytown Elementary School building 16 Scenario 12 Elementary Districts No change in elementary school districts 17 Modified Direct Feeder Pattern: Elementary Schools Individual Elementary School Projections (Medium Model): 2019-20 to 2028-29 School 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28 2028-29 Coleytown 381 392 392 397 395 389 392 399 399

405 Green's Farms 396 402 407 405 409 409 407 415 416 421 King's Highway 464 454 448 446 458 454 458 463 468 473 Long Lots 538 551 540 555 537 540 544 547 551

558 Saugatuck 449 436 439 439 444 451 452 456 457 462 2,228 2,235 2,226 2,242 2,243 2,243 2,253 2,280 2,291 2,319 Total Individual Elementary School Utilization (Medium Model): 2019-20 to 2028-29 School 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27

2027-28 2028-29 Coleytown 85.0% 87.5% 87.5% 88.6% 88.2% 86.8% 87.5% 89.1% 89.1% 90.4% Green's Farms 76.7% 77.9% 78.9% 78.5% 79.3% 79.3% 78.9% 80.4% 80.6% 81.6% King's Highway 87.4% 85.5% 84.4% 84.0% 86.3% 85.5% 86.3% 87.2%

88.1% 89.1% Long Lots 87.1% 89.2% 87.4% 89.8% 86.9% 87.4% 88.0% 88.5% 89.2% 90.3% Saugatuck 81.2% 78.8% 79.4% 79.4% 80.3% 81.6% 81.7% 82.5% 82.6% 83.5% Total 83.6% 83.8% 83.5% 84.1% 84.1% 84.1% 84.5% 85.5%

85.9% 87.0% No schools are projected to exceed 90% utilization until year 10 of projections. Lowest utilization at Greens Farms and highest utilization at Coleytown and Long Lots. Existing elementary schools districts are projected to have reasonable enrollment balance over the next decade. 18 19 Modified Direct Feeder Pattern: Middle Schools Improved balance between the middle schools. CMS hits two 4-teacher teams per grade target for most schools years. Projected enrollment at BMS is too large to support two 4-teacher teams. Most years would have one 4-teacher team and one 6-teacher team in each grade. 20 Modified Direct Feeder Pattern : Considerations Guiding Criteria Primary Goal: Improve the enrollment balance at both middle schools so that it can ensure the viability of each school and equity for all students. Instructional Model: Maintain a minimum of 2 teams per grade with 4 teachers per team at each middle school Modified Direct Feeder Pattern Scenario Generally supports two teams per grade at each middle school. Mix of 4 and 6 teacher teams Utilization: Promote reasonable balancing of enrollment of schools to avoid Improved balance at middle school level. No change at elementary over-utilization or under-utilization of facilities. school level Proximity: Keep distances traveled by students as short as possible. This may result in students going to first or second nearest school. Longer middle school travel times. Students in the Long Lots district would no longer attend BMS. Equity: Provide access to the same resources and programming for all students Maintains two middle schools, but more equitable teaming than status quo. Sustainability: Ensure long-term sustainability of plan 5 & 10 years. Viable from a capacity standpoint. However, doesnt align with desired instructional model every year. Disruption: Minimize impact to families by not having a split feeder pattern ~44% of MS students redistricted

No ES redistricting at any of the Els. 21 6th Grade Academy Model Based on Scenario 10 for middle schools Status quo for elementary schools Assumptions: Maintain current elementary (K-5) school configuration. No change to existing elementary school districts or feeder patterns. Pre-K remains a Coleytown Elementary School. Coleytown Middle School converted into a 6th grade academy. Bedford Middle School converted into a 7th-8th grade academy. 22 No change in elementary school districts 23 6th Grade Academy: Elementary Schools Individual Elementary School Projections (Medium Model): 2019-20 to 2028-29 School 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28 2028-29 Coleytown 381 392 392 397 395 389 392 399

399 405 Green's Farms 396 402 407 405 409 409 407 415 416 421 King's Highway 464 454 448 446 458 454 458 463 468 473 Long Lots 538 551 540 555 537 540 544 547

551 558 Saugatuck 449 436 439 439 444 451 452 456 457 462 2,228 2,235 2,226 2,242 2,243 2,243 2,253 2,280 2,291 2,319 Total Individual Elementary School Utilization (Medium Model): 2019-20 to 2028-29 School 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26

2026-27 2027-28 2028-29 Coleytown 85.0% 87.5% 87.5% 88.6% 88.2% 86.8% 87.5% 89.1% 89.1% 90.4% Green's Farms 76.7% 77.9% 78.9% 78.5% 79.3% 79.3% 78.9% 80.4% 80.6% 81.6% King's Highway 87.4% 85.5% 84.4% 84.0% 86.3% 85.5% 86.3%

87.2% 88.1% 89.1% Long Lots 87.1% 89.2% 87.4% 89.8% 86.9% 87.4% 88.0% 88.5% 89.2% 90.3% Saugatuck 81.2% 78.8% 79.4% 79.4% 80.3% 81.6% 81.7% 82.5% 82.6% 83.5% Total 83.6% 83.8% 83.5% 84.1% 84.1% 84.1% 84.5%

85.5% 85.9% 87.0% No schools are projected to exceed 90% utilization until year 10 of projections. Lowest utilization at Greens Farms and highest utilization at Coleytown and Long Lots. Existing elementary schools districts are projected to have reasonable enrollment balance over the next decade. 24 6th Grade Academy: Middle Schools Consolidation of grades allows for more efficient teaming structure. Some larger teams projected over the next three schools years (corresponding with larger individual classes). However, beginning in 202223, each grade would support four 4-teacher teams. Aligns well with BOEs preferred middle school instructional model. 25 6th Grade Academy: Considerations Guiding Criteria Primary Goal: Improve the enrollment balance at both middle schools so that it can ensure the viability of each school and equity for all students. Instructional Model: Maintain a minimum of 2 teams per grade with 4 teachers per team at each middle school 6th Grade Academy Scenario Supports four 4-teacher teams in each grade beginning in 2022-23 Utilization: Promote reasonable balancing of enrollment of schools to avoid CMS remains underutilized, though efficiently used. No change at the over-utilization or under-utilization of facilities. elementary level. Proximity: Keep distances traveled by students as short as possible. This may result in students going to first or second nearest school. Longer middle school travel times Equity: Provide access to the same resources and programming for all students All students would follow the same middle school pathway Sustainability: Ensure long-term sustainability of plan 5 & 10 years. Sustainable over the next 5 to 10 years Disruption: Minimize impact to families by not having a split feeder pattern No redistricting impacts if implemented when CMS reopens at any of the Els. 26 6th Grade Academy with Pocket Redistricting Based on Scenario 10 for middle schools

New pocket redistricting scenario for elementary schools Assumptions: Maintain current elementary (K-5) school configuration. Pocket redistricting at the elementary level to balance utilization. Pre-K remains a Coleytown Elementary School. Coleytown Middle School converted into a 6th grade academy. Bedford Middle School converted into a 7th-8th grade academy. 27 28 6th Grade Academy with Pocket Redistricting: Elementary Schools Individual Elementary School Projections (Medium Model): 2019-20 to 2028-29 School 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28 2028-29 Coleytown 384 396 395 403 398 390 394 400 401 406 Green's Farms 423 427

425 426 431 434 434 440 441 448 King's Highway 444 439 437 433 444 443 446 451 452 458 Long Lots 526 532 529 537 525 526 527 533 539 543 Saugatuck 451 441

440 443 445 450 452 456 458 464 2,228 2,235 2,226 2,242 2,243 2,243 2,253 2,280 2,291 2,319 Total Individual Elementary School Utilization (Medium Model): 2019-20 to 2028-29 School 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28 2028-29 Coleytown 85.7% 88.4%

88.2% 90.0% 88.8% 87.1% 87.9% 89.3% 89.5% 90.6% Green's Farms 82.0% 82.8% 82.4% 82.6% 83.5% 84.1% 84.1% 85.3% 85.5% 86.8% King's Highway 83.6% 82.7% 82.3% 81.5% 83.6% 83.4% 84.0% 84.9% 85.1% 86.3% Long Lots 85.1% 86.1%

85.6% 86.9% 85.0% 85.1% 85.3% 86.2% 87.2% 87.9% Saugatuck 81.6% 79.7% 79.6% 80.1% 80.5% 81.4% 81.7% 82.5% 82.8% 83.9% Total 83.6% 83.8% 83.5% 84.1% 84.1% 84.1% 84.5% 85.5% 85.9% 87.0% No schools are projected to exceed 90% utilization until year 10 of projections. Lowest utilization at Saugatuck and highest utilization at Coleytown and Long Lots. Districts are projected to have reasonable enrollment balance over the next decade. Slightly better than utilization balance

than status quo. 29 6th Grade Academy with Pocket Redistricting: Middle Schools Consolidation of grades allows for more efficient teaming structure. Some larger teams projected over the next three schools years (corresponding with larger individual classes). However, beginning in 2022-23, each grade would support four 4-teacher teams. Aligns well with BOEs preferred middle school instructional model. 30 6th Grade Academy with Pocket Redistricting: Considerations Guiding Criteria Primary Goal: Improve the enrollment balance at both middle schools so that it can ensure the viability of each school and equity for all students. Instructional Model: Maintain a minimum of 2 teams per grade with 4 teachers per team at each middle school 6th Grade Academy with Pocket Redistricting Supports four 4-teacher teams in each grade beginning in 2022-23 Utilization: Promote reasonable balancing of enrollment of schools to avoid CMS remains underutilized, though efficiently used. No change at the over-utilization or under-utilization of facilities. elementary level. Proximity: Keep distances traveled by students as short as possible. This may result in students going to first or second nearest school. Longer middle school travel times Equity: Provide access to the same resources and programming for all students All students would follow the same middle school pathway Sustainability: Ensure long-term sustainability of plan 5 & 10 years. Sustainable over the next 5 to 10 years Disruption: Minimize impact to families by not having a split feeder pattern at any of the Els. ~4% of ES students (small peer groups) No MS impacts if implemented when CMS reopens 31 Scenario Summary Status Quo Scenario Modified Direct Feeder Pattern

6th Grade Academy 6th Grade Academy w/ Pocket Redistricting X Supports four 4-teacher teams in each grade beginning in 2022-23 Supports four 4-teacher teams in each grade beginning in 2022-23 Guiding Criteria Primary Goal: Improve the enrollment balance at both middle schools so that it can ensure the viability of each school and equity for all students. Generally supports two Instructional Model: Maintain a minimum of 2 teams per Only supports one team teams per grade at each at CMS. Does not support middle school. Mix of 4 grade with 4 teachers per team at each middle school 4-teachers per team. and 6 teacher teams Utilization: Promote reasonable balancing of enrollment of schools to avoid over-utilization or under-utilization of facilities. No change from status quo Proximity: Keep distances traveled by students as short as possible. This may result in students going to first or second nearest school. No change from status quo Equity: Provide access to the same resources and programming for all students No change from status quo Sustainability: Ensure long-term sustainability of plan 5 & 10 years. Does not provide a sustainable balance of middle school enrollments Disruption: Minimize impact to families by not having a

split feeder pattern at any of the Els. No change from status quo CMS remains CMS remains Balanced at middle underutilized, though underutilized, though school level. No change efficiently used. No efficiently used. Improved at elementary school change at the elementary balance at elementary level level. school level. Longer middle school travel times. Students in Longer middle school Longer middle school the Long Lots district travel times travel times would no longer attend BMS. Maintains two middle schools, but more equitable teaming than status quo. All students would follow All students would follow the same middle school the same middle school pathway pathway Sustainable over the next Sustainable over the next Sustainable over the next 5 to 10 years 5 to 10 years 5 to 10 years ~44% of MS students redistricted No ES impacts None if implemented when CMS reopens ~4% of ES students (small peer groups) No MS impacts if implemented when CMS reopens The 6th Grade Academy model, with or without pocket redistricting, best aligns with BOEs guiding criteria 32 ?? ? Questions 33

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