Monday, July 7, 2014

Some Questions about New Maps

The administration will be presenting various proposals to the ICCSD Board of Directors. The maps can be found near the end of this document. Here are some questions I had about the maps.

Overall:

Does the administration believe that keeping the cluster model is best for reducing the achievement gap? What was the reason for keeping the cluster idea?

Which aspects of the map and proposals are modular?

Is the FRL rate at Twain (in the non-magnet option), Wood, Hills, and the new South Elementary significantly better than their current, extremely high, FRL rate?

In 2019, will the North Elementary School and Lemme have extremely low FRL rates? If so, is this a concern? It isn't prohibited, but if you get too many schools like that it will result in some schools being well north of 50% FRL in our district.

Which parts of the proposal are revenue neutral, and which are not? For those that are not, what are preliminary estimates of how much will be gained/lost?

Paired Schools:

Can we keep the option to pair Wickham and Kirkwood after 2019? Why or why not?

Were options to use paired schools considered for Cluster 2? If not, why not?

Can some redistricting occur along with paired schools?

How were upper campuses versus lower campuses selected? I wonder whether having Kirkwood as the lower campus would decrease participation in after school activities for the students living near Kirkwood, and I know that most after-school activities take place in upper grade level. 

Magnets:

Why were Lincoln and Twain chosen as possible magnets? 

What alternatives are there beyond those two particular schools?

What happens to a school if one or both magnets fail?

Have we ruled out school-within-a-school magnet options? If so, why? (basic question stolen from EDJ)


Islands:

If islands are acceptable for FRL reasons, then why was the Lemme island which constitutes the bulk of its FRL percentage eliminated?

Questions that Directors should consider:

What modifications to the maps would get you to support the maps that ultimately result?




*I will update as I think of more questions, or if good ones are provided in comments.