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					Borton Primary Magnet
        School
    2010-2011 Proposal
       February 4, 2010




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                          Table of Contents
Background Information                        3
Benefits of Returning Third Grade to Borton   3
Proposal Summary & Community Meetings         4
Rollout Plan                                  5
Unintended Consequences                       6
Parent Letters                                7
PTA Meeting
    Minutes: January 26, 2010                9
Staff Meetings
    Agenda: January 13, 2010                 11
    Agenda: January 20, 2010                 12
    Agenda: January 27, 2010                 13
    Agenda: February 3, 2010                 14
Site Council Meetings                         15
    Agenda: January 7, 2010                  15
         o Minutes                            16
    Agenda: January 21, 2010                 17
         o Minutes                            18
    Agenda: January 28, 2010                 20
         o Minutes                            21
    Agenda: February 4, 2010                 23
         o Minutes                            24
    Agenda: February 9, 2010                 25
         o Minutes                            26
Data                                          27
          Survey I Certified Staff           27
          Survey I Classified Staff          29
          Survey I Parents                   30
          Results Survey I Parents           36
          Survey II: Second Grade            37
          Results Survey II: Second Grade    38
          Staff Options Survey               39
          Results Staff Options Survey       40




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                         Borton Primary Magnet School
                              2010-2011 Proposal
                               February 9, 2010


Background Information
The Borton Primary Magnet School Site Council in collaboration with the Borton
Primary Magnet School community proposes to offer third grade at Borton starting with
the 2010-2011 school year. Starting back in 1995 when our third graders were sent to
Kellond, Carrillo Intermediate or Holladay Intermediate because of the middle school
configuration of grades 6-8, it has been Borton’s desire to have third grade return to our
primary school. We have made attempts to offer third grade in the past but have been
turned down by previous district officials. Now we have been asked as part of the First
Choice Focus and Magnet Program to listen to and act upon the needs of our entire
community. Our community has requested and supports a third grade program at Borton
Primary Magnet School. The decision to add third grade at Borton was made after
seeking input from staff members and parents in the form of multiple paper surveys and
ongoing opportunities to speak during the call to the audience portions of Borton Site
Council meetings as well as a PTA meeting. When survey results came back in support of
adding third grade at Borton, the Site Council voted unanimously to move forward with
plans for third grade.

Benefits of Returning Third Grade to Borton
      The Borton school focus is centered on best practices for early childhood
       learning. It is the position of the National Association for the Education of Young
       Children (NAEYC) that early childhood programs serve children from birth to
       age 8. From the early childhood perspective, it is appropriate and fitting for
       Borton to include third grade.
      Parents have expressed the view that their children be given the opportunity to
       continue the type of learning they have had at Borton beyond 2 nd grade. There is
       not currently an elementary or intermediate school whose environment, focus or
       curriculum is strongly in line with Borton’s focus on systems thinking and
       inquiry-based learning in a child-centered environment.
      Borton is the Systems Thinking Primary Demonstration Site as designated by the
       Waters Foundation. By having a third grade, the students at Borton would be able
       to deepen their learning in all curricular areas by being allowed to use the more
       sophisticated thinking tools that would come in third grade.
      Offering third grade at Borton is a response to the strong wishes of the Borton
       parent, teacher and staff community. Failure to offer this option could result in
       children enrolling in charter/private and other school districts and affect future
       enrollment at Borton.
      Borton has certified staff with years of third grade teaching experience and a
       strong interest in doing so again.
      Having a third grade at Borton would allow the students to continue with the
       Math Investigations curriculum.


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Survey Results Summary
      151 of 288 Borton families completed Survey I Parents
           o 143 of 151 families indicated support for third grade at Borton
      25 of 25 certified staff completed Survey I Certified
           o 17 of 25 certified staff indicated support for third grade at Borton
      8 of 18 classified staff completed Survey I Classified
           o 5 of 8 classified staff indicated support for third grade at Borton
      61 of 103 second grade families completed Survey II Second Grade
           o 45 of 61 families would definitely continue at Borton for third grade
           o 13 of 61 families were undecided
           o 3 of 61 families would definitely not return to Borton for third grade

Proposal Summary
In order to add third grade, Borton will reduce the number of kindergarteners accepted
from 103 (during the 2009-2010 school year) to 80 (for the 2010-2011 school year).
Borton will provide continued enrollment to 81 of the 103 2009-2010 second graders as
2010-2011 3rd graders. If Borton does not reach an enrollment of 81 third graders, we will
increase the number of kindergartners admitted as magnet school students or open
enrollment students. This change will increase the total enrollment at Borton from 320
students to 383 students. The number of classroom teachers will remain the same or
increase to include the addition of 1 ELD teacher, depending on the total number of
ELL’s enrolled for the 2010-2011 school year. The Borton Site Council projects an
enrollment of 80 kindergartners, 102 first graders, 114 second graders, and 81 third
graders.

Community Meetings
The Borton Community held multiple meetings during the months of January and
February 2010 to determine support for the proposed addition of third grade at Borton. A
PTA meeting was held on January 26, 2010. Site Council meetings were held on January
7, 21, 28, February 4, and February 9, 2010. Borton staff meetings were held on January
13, 20, 27, and February 3, 2010.

The January 26th PTA meeting was held as a forum for parents and staff members to
discuss ideas and concerns about the addition of third grade. The Director of School
Community Services and the Director of Elementary Education were in attendance to
provide guidance and information related to school proposals and school choice.

Each staff meeting had opportunities for teachers to express their ideas and ask questions
about the addition of third grade.

Parents and staff members had the opportunity to express ideas and concerns during the
call to the audience at each site council meeting.

Parent letters of support, agendas and minutes from the community meetings are attached
from pages 7-26 of the proposal.



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Rollout Plan

February 2010
The Borton Site Council approved the Borton 2010-2011 proposal and submitted the
proposal to TUSD leadership for review. Borton teachers will submit their consensus
agreement teaching assignment preference letters to the principal by February 19, 2010.

March 2010
Borton Site Council, in collaboration with the Borton community, will begin to draft a
2010-2011 budget based on the 2009-2010 preK-2 nd grade model. Upon approval of the
Borton 2010-2011 proposal, the Site Council, in collaboration with the Borton
community will revise the 2010-2011 budget draft to include classroom teachers for the
projected 2010-2011 preK-third grade students that will support implementation of the
proposal. Borton will hold Community Forums for input and expectations for third grade
implementation.

April 2010
Upon approval of the Borton 2010-2011 proposal, the principal, in collaboration with the
Borton Site Council, will provide teachers with their projected teaching assignment for
the 2010-2011 school year. Teacher preferences as indicated on teaching assignment
preference letters will be taken into consideration when determining 2010-2011 teaching
assignments.

May 2010
The Borton staff will make student class placements for the 2010-2011 school year.

August 2010
Third grade at Borton will be implemented.

Third Grade Curriculum & Materials
      Investigations: Teachers manuals, manipulative, and support materials would be
       purchased with Borton capital
      Avenues Third Grade materials would be purchased by Language Acquisition
      Trophies: Student anthologies and teacher manuals would be acquired from sites that
       have extra copies due to decreased enrollment and mergers
      Guided Reading: The Borton Library resource room has leveled reading materials
       through DRA level 45 that will be used for third grade guided reading
      FOSS: Third Grade will be added in to the FOSS kit rotations
      Investigations Math Curriculum: Third grade math materials would be acquired from
       sites that have extra copies due to decreased enrollment and mergers.

Furniture
      Borton would acquire additional, appropriately-sized chairs and tables for third
       grade students though the warehouse.



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Unintended Consequences
The Borton Site Council in collaboration with the Borton community has considered the
following unintended consequences of adding third grade at Borton for the 2010-2011 school
year:
      The addition of third grade at Borton may reduce the number of third graders
       entering other TUSD schools (in particular Holladay IF Holladay continues to
       offer 3rd grade).
      This plan will reduce by 23 the number of kindergartners accepted to Borton from
       103 in 2009-2010 to 80 in 2010-2011, meaning 23 kindergarten students will
       potentially enroll in other TUSD schools. However, if Borton does not reach 81
       third graders, we will increase the number of kindergartners admitted as magnet
       school students or open enrollment students to make up the difference.
      Depending on the total number of ELL’s for the 2010-2011 school year,
       Language Acquisition might be required to provide one additional ELD teacher to
       serve ELL’s at Borton.
      More extended day teachers will be needed in order to accommodate the
       additional students during the 2010-2011 school year.
      More KIDCO placements would be needed to provide childcare for the additional
       students.
      Borton may need more exceptional education resource staff.
      Bus routes may be affected.




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Parent Letter 1




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Parent Letter 2




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Borton PTA: January 26, 2010
Minutes
Attendance:
Carolyn Eldridge – Principal                                     Elizabeth Reeves
Teri Melendez – Dir. of Elementary Schools                       Rebecca Crocker
Noreen Wiedenfeld – Dir., School Community Services              Dave Bogner
Kathy Lohse – Teacher                                            Traci Riccitello
Molly Reed – Teacher                                             Kristin Herman
Bobbie Schorr – President                                        Tamara Sargus
Beth Hancock – Treasurer                                         Elizabeth Lyons
Marlene Mason – Co-Vice President                                Maureen Brusa Zapellini
Nansi Naranjo – Secretary                                        Diana Wilson
Teresa Cowan Jones                                               Lisa Dollinger
Louise Roth                                                      Beatriz Leyva
Melinda McNeilus                                                 Rebecca Ballenger
Gwennie Furr                                                     Melissa Peterson
Leigh Spencer                                                    Michael Carducci
Spring Events:
Movie Night and Handmade by Borton Silent Auction – Friday, March 12th
Cinco de Mayo Festival – Friday, May 7th
      We will have future meetings to discuss these events
      We Need Volunteers to Start Organizing Movie/Silent Auction
      If you are interested in being involved in a committee for either event, please contact Bobbie
        Schorr at bobbieanddoug@cox.net
Proposal to Add 3rd Grade to Borton:
      Carolyn Eldridge presented Borton Configuration Options (see attached to minutes)
      The Borton Site Council passed a motion to submit a proposal to the district to add a 3 rd grade to
        Borton for the upcoming 2010/11 school year
      It is yet to be determined whether Borton would be able to accept all or only a portion of current
        Borton 2nd graders. This decision will be discussed at the Site Council meeting on Thursday,
        January 28th at 4:15 p.m. at Borton
      Teri Melendez addressed what the District will consider when deciding whether to accept Borton’s
        proposal to add a 3rd grade. The decision will be impacted by the findings of the Boundary
        Committee.
             o Some children in Borton’s neighborhood have been bussed to other schools as part of the
                   desegregation plan. Now that the District is in unitary status, the District needs to decide
                   where those kids will now go to school.
             o The District is compiling statistics and tracking enrollment at other schools. All schools
                   need to have balanced enrollment
             o The District will consider any proposals submitted by Holladay because they effect what
                   will happen with Borton and vice versa.
             o The District hopes to get proposals from all schools by the first two weeks of February
                   and issue a decision on the proposals by March
      Holladay possible proposals – Continue 3rd grade or merge with Naylor or make Holladay a 4th –
        6th or 4th – 8th. Nothing has been decided yet.
             o Rebecca Ballenger (Borton and Holladay parent) asked parents what they would like to
                   see happen at Holladay
             o Responses tended to be parents want Holladay to be like Borton with similar focus and
                   teaching styles
             o Rebecca reports there appears to be more teachers open to using systems thinking in their
                   classrooms this year. Three teachers are using this style and Sheri Marlin is working with
                   other teachers at Holladay. Rebecca also spoke about the strength of the Performing Arts
                   and PE programs at Holladay and about the considerable outdoor gardening activities
                   happening at Holladay.




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             o    There is a group of Holladay parents that is working to determine the focus of Holladay
                  for coming years

Open Enrollment – School Choice:
    Noreen Wiedenfeld, the new Director of School and Community Services spoke about open
       enrollment.
    Open enrollment deadline is February 4th
    Open enrollment only impacts 2nd grade students or families wishing to leave Borton to another
       school next year
    Since we don’t know for sure if we will have a 3rd grade next year, parents of 2nd graders are to
       proceed as if we will not have a 3rd grade. The options are:
            o Select Holladay – there is a form, available in the Community Services office of the
                 District, where you can indicate you want your 2nd grader to attend Holladay next year.
                 Your child will then be automatically accepted at Holladay.
            o If you do not want your child to go to Holladay, you still need to fill-out this form and
                 indicate you do not want your 2nd grader to go to Holladay.
            o If you do not want the Holladay track, then you need to obtain an open enrollment
                 application from the Community Services office at the District or on the TUSD website.
                       You can select 3 different schools on the open enrollment form
                       Holladay may be one of your selections if, for example, Holladay is your 3 rd
                           option fall back if you do not get into the first schools you selected.
                       You will be notified to which school your child is selected hopefully before
                           Rodeo Vacation in February
    If Borton does end up having a 3rd grade, 2nd grade parents will receive a letter notifying them of
       the 3rd grade option. Parents will have two weeks to indicate whether they want their child to
       continue at Borton for 3rd grade.
            o If there are more students interested in 3rd grade at Borton than spaces available, the
                 spaces will be assigned by lottery
    If you have a 2nd grader this year you MUST either select Holladay, go through open enrollment
       and apply for another school, or decide to go to your home school which requires no pre-selection.
       You will have the opportunity to then change your selection to Borton later if a 3 rd grade option is
       available. If you wait, you may miss your open enrollment opportunity.




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Borton Staff Meeting: January 13, 2010
                               Borton Staff Development Agenda
                                       January 13, 2010

Objective: Using the World Café format, teachers will engage in conversations about three key
issues in order to generate staff feedback for site council representatives to share at the next site
council meeting.

2:15-2:30                Announcements
2:30-2:40                The World As We Know It Café Round 1
                         Accumulations: the stock in the Stock/Flow map; the water in the
                         bathtub, the ―stuff‖ that can increase or decrease over time; the nouns in
                         the system.

                         1. As a staff member, what accumulations do you see as the most
                            important for the new Borton leader to support philosophically?
                            Ex: Systems Thinking, Project-Based Instruction

                         2. As a Title I site, we are obligated to involve parents in the decision-
                            making and academic support of students. Please review the Title I
                            parent compact, list any edits you would like to see made to the
                            compact, then discuss what accumulations you see as the most
                            important for parent involvement at Borton.
                            Ex: translation available for meetings, balance in magnet/non-
                            magnet participation, incorporation of Systems Thinking in site
                            decision making, parent activities

                         3. As a staff member, what accumulations do you see as the most
                            important for Borton as we consider expanding the
                            program/philosophy to include 3 rd or 3rd through 5th grades?
                            (The Site Council sub committee looked at the three possible third
                            grade options as samples of how changes might shift the burden,
                            become fixes that backfire, or create limits to success. You may
                            use the examples to inform your conversation).
                            Ex: school size (population), retention of all current 2 nd graders,
                            creation of an annex/sister school to continue what the facility cannot
                            accommodate at Borton

                         4. As a staff member, what characteristics do you see as the most
                            important traits/skills/knowledge for the site council to include in the
                            leadership profile for the new Borton principal? (You may reflect on
                            the staff-generated Principal web created in Carol’s writing session
                            as you respond to this question.)

2:40-2:50                The World As We Know It Café Round 2
2:50--3:00               The World As We Know It Café Round 3
3:00-3:10                The World As We Know It Café Round 4

3:10-3:15                Finalize notes at table/
                         Parking Lot Comments


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Borton Staff Meeting: January 20, 2010
                               Borton Staff Development Agenda
                                       January 20, 2010
                               Continued from January 13, 2010
Objective: Using the World Café format, teachers will engage in conversations about three key
issues in order to generate staff feedback for site council representatives to share at the next site
council meeting.
2:15-2:30                Announcements
2:30-2:40                The World As We Know It Café Round 1
                         Accumulations: the stock in the Stock/Flow map; the water in the
                         bathtub, the ―stuff‖ that can increase or decrease over time; the nouns in
                         the system.

                         1. As a staff member, what accumulations do you see as the most
                            important for the new Borton leader to support philosophically?
                            Ex: Systems Thinking, Project-Based Instruction

                         2. As a Title I site, we are obligated to involve parents in the decision-
                            making and academic support of students. Please review the Title I
                            parent compact, list any edits you would like to see made to the
                            compact, then discuss what accumulations you see as the most
                            important for parent involvement at Borton.
                            Ex: translation available for meetings, balance in magnet/non-
                            magnet participation, incorporation of Systems Thinking in site
                            decision making, parent activities

                         3. As a staff member, what accumulations do you see as the most
                            important for Borton as we consider expanding the
                            program/philosophy to include 3 rd or 3rd through 5th grades?
                            (The Site Council sub committee looked at the three possible third
                            grade options as samples of how changes might shift the burden,
                            become fixes that backfire, or create limits to success. You may
                            use the examples to inform your conversation).
                            Ex: school size (population), retention of all current 2 nd graders,
                            creation of an annex/sister school to continue what the facility cannot
                            accommodate at Borton

                             4. As a staff member, what characteristics do you see as the most
                             important traits/skills/knowledge for the site council to include in the
                             leadership profile for the new Borton principal? (You may reflect on
                             the staff-generated Principal web created in Carol’s writing session
                             as you respond to this question.)

2:40-2:50                The World As We Know It Café Round 2
2:50--3:00               The World As We Know It Café Round 3
3:00-3:10                The World As We Know It Café Round 4

3:10-3:15                Finalize notes at table/Parking Lot Comments




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Borton Staff Meeting: January 27, 2010
                         Borton Staff Development Agenda
                                  January 27, 2010

2:15-2:30   Announcements

2:30-2:40   Individual Work
            Leadership Profile and Principal Job Description Development
            1. Read the Leadership Qualities lists that were generated by staff last
                week.
            2. Highlight the ideas you agree with.
            3. Draw a line through ideas you disagree with.
            4. If you agree with an idea, but feel it is in the wrong place, draw a line
                to the section where it should be listed.

2:40-2:50   Partner Work
            1. Read the sample principal job descriptions. Highlight the sections that
                address preferences from our Leadership Profile list.
            2. List any additional criteria from our Leadership Profile list that you
                would like to see Borton add to the Borton principal job description.

2:50-3:00   Small Group Work
            Brainstorm the most significant issues facing our school and community in
            the next three years. List these on the group recording sheet.

3:00-3:10   Individual Work
            1. Read the third grade options.
            2. Rank the options 1-5, with 1 being your favorite and 5 being your least
                favorite.
            3. Fill out the individual reflection to be shared with site council




Borton Staff Meeting: February 3, 2010


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                        Borton Staff Development Agenda
                                 February 3, 2010

2:15-2:40        Announcements
2:40-3:00        Borton Proposal Review
                 *Teachers will provide feedback on third grade proposal to be
                 taken in to consideration by Site Council
3:00-3:15        Borton Budget Priorities Survey
                 *Teachers will take the budget priorities survey to inform Site
                 Council budget decisions.




Site Council Meetings


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Borton Site Council: January 7, 2010
                 Borton Primary School Site Council
                Notice of School Council Meeting

                           NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
                          Borton Primary SCHOOL COUNCIL

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the Borton
Primary School Council and to the general public that the Borton Primary School Council
will hold a meeting open to the public on

Date: January 7th, 2010

Time: 7:15 a.m.

Meeting Site: Tree Room Borton Primary Magnet School
Agenda:
1. Call Meeting to Order
2. Approve Minutes of the Last Meeting
3. Study Items
        Principal Hiring- Maggie Shafer and Teri Melendez
        Tax Credit allocation for 21 st Century Teacher funding for end of 2009/2010
        school year and beginning of 2010/2011 school year discussion
        Bus shade area discussion
        Changing site council rotation from October to October to August to August
        discussion
4. Study/Action Items
        Borton Survey staff and parent results discussion/Action
5. Call to the audience
6. Announcements
7. Plan agenda for next meeting
        Leadership profile
                                                              Dated this 3rd Day of January
                                                                     Borton School Council

                                                                             By Kathy Lohse
                                                                                Facilitator




Borton Site Council Meeting Minutes, January 7, 2010


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Date: January 7, 2009
Members Present: Kathy Lohse-facilitator, Diane Lomas-teacher, Becky Castrillo-teacher, Molly
Reed-teacher, Lupita Alcazar-parent, Bobbie Schorr- parent, Dan Leppert-parent, Carolyn
Eldridge-principal, Graciela Ortiz-Classified, Angie Cervantes-Classified
Non-Members Present: Melissa Peterson- teacher, Karen Hobson-teacher, Sheila Encinas-teacher,
Cassandra Bendickson-parent, Morah Etayle- parent, Laura Porfirio-parent, Maggie Shafer-
Assistant Superintendent
    I. Call to Order- Chair called the meeting at 7: 18
    II. Approval of Minutes- Minutes approved for December 3,2009 meeting
    III. Motion was made and approved to table bus shade area discussion, changing site council
            rotation discussion and tax credit allocation funding for teachers for 21 st Century
            Grant discussion and to add two call to the audiences
    IV. Study Items
            Principal Hiring Process- Maggie Shafer
            School- Leadership Profile
            Screening Process
            School Hiring Committee
            Interviews
    V. Call to the Audience-
            Cassandra Bendickson –Holladay and Borton parent
            Shared discussion from Holladay Site Council meeting
                4-8 merger with Naylor
                Possible merger with Borton
    VI. Study/Action
            Borton Survey Staff and parent results
            Discussion of staff survey and parent survey
            Concerns raised regarding whether there would be spots for all interested potential 3 rd
            graders.
            Possibility of ―School within School‖ strand at Holladay
            Sub Committee will be formed that will update second grade parents on signing up
            for Open Enrollment choices and confirm interested students for 3 rd grade at Borton.
    VII.    Plan Agenda for next meeting:
            Borton School Configuration for 2010/2011 school year
            Bus area shade discussion and other repairs
            Leadership Profile
            Site Council rotation
            Tax credit allocation for 21 st Century teacher funding
            Meeting adjourned at 8:20
                                                                   Dated this 7th Day of January
                                                                   Borton School Council
                                                                   By Kathy Lohse
                                                                   Facilitator




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Borton Site Council: January 21, 2010
                 Borton Primary School Site Council
               Notice of School Council Meeting

                          NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
                         Borton Primary SCHOOL COUNCIL

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the Borton
Primary School Council and to the general public that the Borton Primary School Council
will hold a meeting open to the public on

Date: January 21, 2010

Time: 4:15 p.m.

Meeting Site: Borton School cafeteria

Agenda:
1. Call Meeting to Order
2. Approve Minutes of the Last Meeting
3. Call to the Audience
4. Study Items
        Leadership Profile
5. Study/Action Items
        Sub committee results on number of confirmed third grade students for 2010-
        2011 school year
        Borton Survey staff and parent results discussion/ Approval of reconfiguration

6. Announcements

7. Plan agenda for next meeting
        Tax Credit allocation for 21 st Century Teacher funding for end of 2009/2010
        school year and beginning of 2010/2011 school year discussion
        Bus shade area discussion
        Changing site council rotation from October to October to August to August
        discussion

                                                           Dated this 13th Day of January
                                                                  Borton School Council

                                                                            By Kathy Lohse
                                                                               Facilitator




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Borton Site Council Meeting Minutes, January 21, 2010
Date: January 21, 2010
Members Present: Kathy Lohse-facilitator, Diane Lomas-teacher, Becky Castrillo-teacher, Molly
Reed-teacher, Bobbie Schorr- parent, Carolyn Eldridge-principal, Graciela Ortiz-Classified
Members
Absent: Angie Cervantes-classified, Lupita Alcaraz-parent, Karina Fontes-parent, Dan Leppert-
parent
Non-Members Present: see attached sign in sheet
    I. Call to Order- Chair called the meeting at 4:27
    II. Approval of Minutes- Minutes approved for January 7, 2010 meeting
    III. Motion was made and approved to add two call to the audiences one of them to be a
            discussion
    IV. Study Items
            Leadership profile
            Reviewed hiring process as shared by Maggie Shafer in January 7 th meeting
            Teri Melendez- Leadership profile will be created by site council. Human resources
            will be involved.
    V. Call to the Audience-
            Amy Utzinger- Expressed concerns about 2/3. Expressed desire for straight third.
            More interested in K-5.
            Rebecca Ballenger-Third Grade at Borton would weaken Holladay.
            Nansi Naranjo- Questioned going to Holladay for 4-5. Question regarding what new
            principal would want.
            Mary Werner- Asked if teachers were surveyed. Would put trust in teachers. Change
            is hard
            Laura Porfino- Mixed feelings based on teacher results
            Melissa Peterson- Read letter (see attached)
            Kristin Herman- Initial feeling keep K-2. Shared experience teaching older children
            (fifth grade) might lose community at Borton
    VI.     Study/Action Items
            2. Sub Committee results on number of confirmed third grade students for 2010-2011
            school year (see attached)
    VII.    Call to the Audience/Discussion
            Discussion regarding Borton and Holladay being sister schools, history of previous
            K-3 at Borton, parent support for systems thinking, gaps in Borton-Holladay and
            Utterback continuum for systems thinking, merger procedures and procedures for
            reconfiguration procedure at the district level, whether new teachers would be hired
            for third grade or current staff, support for third at Borton and appreciation for
            awareness of what site council is doing this year in notifying community.
    VIII. Study/Action Item
            Motion for Approval of proposal for Borton K-3 reconfiguration to be sent to the
            district/seconded- APPROVED
    IX.     Announcements
            Next Site council meeting January 28 th at 4:15 in the Fine Arts Room
            Borton received a Harvest of Wisdom grant for garden


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       Mike Amundson- Outdoor Learning Teacher starting at Borton. Lots of classes want
       support. Paid with tax credit monies
       Target Grant for Nature Room
X. Plan Agenda for next meeting:
       Tax Credit allocation for 21 st Century Teacher funding
       Bus shade area Discussion
       Site Council rotation calendar
       Leadership Profile
       Option A or B for proposed third graders (see attached sheet)

       Meeting adjourned at 5:54 p.m.
                                                     Dated this 24th Day of January
                                                     Borton School Council
                                                     By Kathy Lohse
                                                     Facilitator




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Borton Site Council: January 28, 2010
                 Borton Primary School Site Council
               Notice of School Council Meeting

                          NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
                         Borton Primary SCHOOL COUNCIL

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the Borton
Primary School Council and to the general public that the Borton Primary School Council
will hold a meeting open to the public on

Date: January 28, 2010

Time: 4:15 p.m.

Meeting Site: Borton School Fine Arts Room

Agenda:
1. Call Meeting to Order
2. Approve Minutes of the Last Meeting
3. Study Items
        Leadership Profile
        Tax Credit allocation for 21 st Century Teacher funding for end of 2009/2010
        school year and beginning of 2010/2011 school year discussion

4. Study/Action Items
        Tax credit allocation for supplies for Outdoor Learning class
        K-3 reconfiguration discussion/ Approval of Option A or Option B for third
        graders
        Option A-Accept any/all current Borton Second Graders for third grade
        Option B- Accept a portion of current Borton Second Graders for third grade
5. Call to the audience
6. Announcements

7. Plan agenda for next meeting
        Bus shade area discussion
        Changing site council rotation from October to October to August to August
        discussion
        Discussion of site council meeting times
                                                           Dated this 24th Day of January
                                                                  Borton School Council

                                                                            By Kathy Lohse
                                                                               Facilitator


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Borton Site Council Meeting Minutes, January 21, 2010
Date: January 28, 2010
Members Present: Kathy Lohse-facilitator, Diane Lomas-teacher, Becky Castrillo-
teacher, Molly Reed-teacher, Bobbie Schorr- parent, Carolyn Eldridge-principal, Graciela
Ortiz-Classified, Lupita Alcaraz-parent, Karina Fontes-parent, Dan Leppert-parent
Members Absent: Angie Cervantes-classified
Non-Members Present: Traci Riccitello-parent, Gwennie Furr-parent, Nancy Bissell-
parent, Christine McAllister-parent, Karen Hobson-teacher, Richard Foster-Human
Resources, Sara Gamez-Human Resources, Caryl Crowell-teacher, Sara Franks-parent,
Anna Kolb-parent, Cassandra Bendickson-parent

   I. Call to Order- Chair called the meeting at 4:22
   II. Approval of Minutes- Minutes approved for January 21, 2010 meeting
   III. Motion was made and approved to move call to the audiences to before Study/Action
           Item. Tax credit allocation for 21 st Century was tabled and clarified by Becky
           Castrillo that the Tax Credit funding was for monitors (or other personnel) to help
           supervise children when the 21 st Century program for the current year was finished.
   IV. Study Items
           Leadership profile
           Richard Foster from Human Resources explained the procedures that Human
           Resources followed for interviewing and hiring the new principal. Mr. Foster
           discussed the need to have the date that the candidate would be approved by the
           school board and working backwards from the date. Discussion centered on job
           description of principal and additional site requirements that Borton will add to job
           description. Kathy Lohse will be the contact person for Borton during the hiring
           process.
   V. Call to the Audience-
           Caryl Crowell- discussed need for more teaching assistant time with larger classes
           and to think about using tax credit money if teaching positions are lost in the coming
           year.
           Cassandra Bendickson- Shared possibility of Holladay phasing out third grade and
           adding grade. Shared concern of making sure her child had a 3rd grade spot
           Anna Kolb- Agreed with Cassandra Bendickson and shared concerns about when
           decision would be made.
           Gwennie Furr- Shared concerns about when decision would be made.
           Sandy Franks- same as above
           Traci Riccitello- Questioned if whatever option was chosen if grade didn’t reach
           numbers if more students might be accepted in other grades.
   VI. Study/Action Items
            After discussion and clarifying questions about the Options for Number of students
           in each grade (see attached) Motion was made and seconded to approve Option 2 to
           put in the proposal to the district for our request to reconfigure to K-3 starting in the
           2010-2011 school year. APPROVED
           Tax credit allocation for $500.00 for Mike Amundson to use for needed material for
           gardens. APPROVED


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VII. Announcements
       Next site council meeting will be February 4 th at 7:15 a.m. in the Tree Room

VIII. Plan agenda for next meeting
        Repairs discussion
        Tax Credit Current Balance discussion
        Tax Credit allocations
        Leadership Profile
        Status of proposal for K-3 reconfiguration


        Meeting adjourned at 5:34
                                                     Dated this 1st Day of February
                                                     Borton School Council
                                                     By Kathy Lohse
                                                     Facilitator




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Borton Site Council: February 4, 2010
                 Borton Primary School Site Council
               Notice of School Council Meeting

                           NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
                          Borton Primary SCHOOL COUNCIL

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the Borton
Primary School Council and to the general public that the Borton Primary School Council
will hold a meeting open to the public on

Date: February 4th 2010

Time: 7:15 a.m.

Meeting Site: Tree Room

Agenda:
1. Call Meeting to Order
2. Approve Minutes of the Last Meeting
3. Call to the Audience
4. Study Items
        Repair Items
        Proposal for K-3 reconfiguration discussion

5. Study/Action Items
       Tax Credit Discussion/Tax Credit Allocation
       Leadership Profile Discussion and Approval to send to Human Resources

6. Announcements

7. Plan agenda for next meeting
        Changing site council rotation from October to October to August to August
        discussion

                                                          Dated this 31st Day of January
                                                                 Borton School Council

                                                                          By Kathy Lohse
                                                                             Facilitator




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Borton Site Council Meeting Minutes, February 4, 2010
Date: February 4, 2010
Members Present: Kathy Lohse-facilitator, Diane Lomas-teacher, Becky Castrillo-
teacher, Molly Reed-teacher, Bobbie Schorr- parent, Carolyn Eldridge-principal, Graciela
Ortiz-Classified, Lupita Alcaraz-parent, Karina Fontes-parent, Dan Leppert-parent
Members Absent:
Non-Members Present: Sara Ruopp

   I.  Call to Order- Chair called the meeting at 7:17
   II. Approval of Minutes- Minutes approved for January 28 th Meeting
   III.Call to the Audience- none
   IV. Study Items
           Repair discussion- Kathy Lohse reviewed what Tom Lohse told her regarding repairs
           around the school. There is a need to locate pipes for bus shade structure.
           K-2 Proposal- Site council members were asked to review proposal, send suggestions
           to Kathy Lohse or Carolyn Eldridge and meet on Tuesday the 9 th for approval
   V. Study/Action Items
            Leadership Profile –Kathy Lohse let Site Council know that the hiring for the Borton
           principal is on the School board agenda on April 13 th 2010. The job application will
           be posted the week of February 15 th, 2010 (as per Richard Foster- Human
           Resources).Council reviewed Leadership profile documents developed by certified
           Staff. Discussion centered on having a stated number of years for principal
           experience. Motion made and approved to change Borton Site requirement from
           ―Elementary School Principal 3 or more years‖ to ―Elementary School Principal
           experience‖. Two suggestions were made in terms of wording for Leadership Profile
           were approved. (see attached)
   VII. Announcements
           Next site council meeting will be February 4 th at 7:45 a.m. in the Tree Room

   VIII. Plan agenda for next meeting
           Approval of K-3 proposal to send to district
           Changing site council rotation
           Tax credit discussion/allocation

           Meeting adjourned at 8:19
                                                          Dated this 7th Day of February
                                                          Borton School Council
                                                          By Kathy Lohse
                                                          Facilitator




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Borton Site Council: February 9, 2010
                 Borton Primary School Site Council
               Notice of School Council Meeting

                          NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
                         Borton Primary SCHOOL COUNCIL

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the Borton
Primary School Council and to the general public that the Borton Primary School Council
will hold a meeting open to the public on

Date: February 9, 2010

Time: 7:45 a.m.

Meeting Site: Tree Room

Agenda:
1. Call Meeting to Order
2. Approve Minutes of the Last Meeting
3. Study Items
4. Study/Action Items
        Approval to send proposal for K-3 configuration to district
5. Call to the audience
6. Plan agenda for next meeting
        Changing site council rotation from October to October to August to August
        discussion
        Tax credit discussion/allocation
                                                           Dated this 7th Day of February
                                                                    Borton School Council

                                                                           By Kathy Lohse
                                                                              Facilitator




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Borton Site Council Meeting Minutes, February 9, 2010
Date: February 9, 2010
Members Present: Kathy Lohse-facilitator, Diane Lomas-teacher, Becky Castrillo-
teacher, Molly Reed-teacher, Bobbie Schorr- parent, Carolyn Eldridge-principal, Graciela
Ortiz-Classified, Lupita Alcaraz-parent, Karina Fontes-parent, Dan Leppert-parent
Members Absent:
Non-Members Present: Melissa Peterson

 I.   Call to Order- Chair called the meeting at 7:47
 II.  Approval of Minutes- Minutes approved for February 4,2010
 III. Study Items none
 IV.  Study/Action Items
          Review of proposal for K-3 for final revisions and edits. Motion to approve to send
          proposal to district officials after final edits. APPROVED
 V. Call to the audience- NONE
 VI. Announcements
 VII. Plan agenda for next meeting
          Changing site council rotation
          Tax credit discussion/allocation
      Meeting adjourned at 8:19

                                                       Dated this 9th Day of February
                                                       Borton School Council
                                                       By Kathy Lohse
                                                       Facilitator




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       Data
       The Borton Site Council collected and triangulated data from parents, certified staff, and
       classified staff as a way of determining community support for the proposed addition of
       third grade. The data collection began with staff and parent surveys to determine their
       initial preferences for the future of Borton. The first round of surveys asked parents and
       staff if they preferred for Borton to continue serving pre-kindergarten through second
       grade, if they preferred that Borton add third grade or if they preferred that Borton add
       third-fifth grades. When the results of the first round of surveys indicated staff and parent
       support for the addition of third grade, second grade parents were given a survey to
       determine their level of commitment to attending third grade at Borton. Certified staff
       members were given a survey of options for implementation of third grade at Borton.

       The data obtained in the surveys was analyzed by community members and site council
       members.
Question 1.                                      Yes                                    No
1. Borton should remain a Pre-K-2 school         1111
2. Borton should add 3rd grade                   11111111111111111
3. Borton should add 3rd, 4th, 5th grades        1111                                   1111
                                                 Adding one grade level a year          Add all at once
                                                 Yes         No                         Yes       No
                                                 111111     11                          1         11

       Survey I Certified Staff
       Certified staff completed this survey the week of January 4, 2010. Certified staff surveys
       showed support for adding third grade at Borton.




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               Survey I Certified Staff Continued
Question 2.
If Borton becomes a Pre-K 3rd grade school, I would be...            More likely to stay    Less likely to stay     I will stay
                                                                     11111111111            1                       111
If Borton becomes a Pre-K-5th grade school, I would be               More likely to stay    Less likely to stay     I will stay
                                                                     11111                                          111


Comments/ Concerns/ Questions:
Adding 3rd grade will be a plus for us in many ways. Continue to believe that Borton is a wonderful school for parents, children
and staff and the ―Early Childhood‖ focus is part of the magic of our school.
I am really comfortable with the program in Kinder and have a good introduction to Systems Thinking for Kinder established. I
would like to finish my last few years before retirement in Kinder.
Concerned for the parents that like Borton for its pre-K into 2/3 appeal.
I fell that the focus would change and the appeal would diminish if Borton changed to a K-5.
What makes Borton so great is its primary focus and that what makes it appealing to parents.
Preferences-but would be willing to change grade levels if need arose.
Will stay either way.
Computers? Technology?
If I had to teach older grades I would less likely to stay.
If Holladay does not become 4-8 sister school
I am new enough that I don’t have any experience with older than 1 st-2nd. Please don’t make me teach older!!
If I could team teach, I would be more comfortable trying to stretch myself-like with Sheila
If it is completely necessary (whichever 3,4,5 grade)
If, needed! I would rather not teach older, but if so I would prefer a multiage.
My biggest concern about going K-5 is financial, 4th and 5th grades would require a significant infusion of funds for furniture,
materials, playground & PE equipment. Considering we are likely to experience even more budget cuts next year and into the
foreseeable future, I wonder if we would be able to provide adequate resources for those grades. We would also likely need
some targeted PD to work with those older populations.
Given the current education situation, K-3 seems doable without additional expenses. And since 3 rd grades really are, and
always have been, primary kids, we world still maintain our early childhood environment/focus.
I also would be interested in looping with my current students into 3 rd grade. Overall I prefer younger students and I primarily
want a job.
What will the cap be on student population? The additional grade levels will impact CCS & SLI case loads.
I feel that the primary/early childhood focus makes Borton unique!
Provide an alternate sister site to continue Systems Thinking in a comprehensive project base way.
Why would we change? What would happen to future students current 2 nd graders?
Would we be able to accommodate all of them as 3 rd graders?
I say to leave it up to parents and possible surrounding community.
I would transfer if no PE- ―programmatic change‖.
$
As I am new to Borton I don’t feel I’ve had time to develop a substantial opinion. But I would vote for what the faculty as a
whole thinks is best for the future of Borton.




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           Survey I Classified Staff
           Classified staff completed this survey the week of January 4, 2010. Classified staff
           surveys showed support for adding third grade at Borton.




Question 1.                                         Yes                                  No
1. Borton should remain a Pre-K-2 school            11
2. Borton should add 3 rd grade                     11111
3. Borton should add 3 rd, 4th, 5th grades          1
                                                    Adding one grade level a year        Add all at once
                                                    Yes            No                    Yes       No
                                                    111




Question 2.
If Borton becomes a Pre-K 3rd grade school, I would be...   More likely to      Less likely to stay   I will stay
                                                            stay
                                                            111111              1


If Borton becomes a Pre-K-5th grade school, I would be      More likely to      Less likely to stay   I will stay
                                                            stay
                                                            1111                11




           Comments/Concerns/Questions:
           I would like to transfer to Holladay next school year.
           My concern would be the amount of children out on the playground during the lung hour.
           Would there be enough supervision and guidance to keep the accidents down?
           PreK-3 would be good for food services.
           This school seems pretty crowded already I don’t know why it would need to expand. I
           am just an assistant but I would really like to go back to 25 hours and just 1 teacher




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Survey I Parents
The first parent survey was given the week of December 4, 2009. Parent surveys showed
favorable support for both adding third grade at Borton and for adding third through fifth
grades at Borton.

Comments/Questions                            Kinder surveys turned in---8
Nature Room:                                  Questions/Comments –
Casanova/Castrillo-Pinto
What I like most about Borton is the community approach/sense, the cultural diversity
and the respect to each culture. I would like a lot for my son to continue attending this
school. I like the system of learning a lot. The additional teachers and activities are very
fascinating to my son and me. I would like for Borton to offer this grades also. The
teachers are always willing to help the children. I like the school because it is very close
to my house, and they offer special classes and special programs especially for my son
who has some problems.
I would like to know how current classroom size would be affected. I do not support
increasing classroom size or losing other services such as library services due to an
increase in other staff. I don’t support additional children on campus unless additional
staff can accommodate the children. Having observed playground time-I do not believe
there is adequate supervision now- so can. The school accommodate (pay) for more
monitors? Also, I would rather see artist in residency return as well as instruments/classes
for Kinder and 1st graders rather than an increase in grades. How will the budget handle
an increase?
Caterpillar Room:                             Kinder surveys turned in---5
Hawley                                        Questions/Comments –
 I am satisfied with the school only having grades k-2 nd the fact that older kids stay with
kids their age is refreshing. I like that all me students are only a few years apart.
We spent a lot of time researching Borton and are extremely happy with the high quality
of teachers and Systems Thinking methodology. The only concern we have is—what do
we do after 2 nd grade? We would love for him to continue to use Systems Thinking to
further his learning.
I would love for this to happen!!
I don’t think this is the best change for the school, but we’d stay. I like the primary aspect
of Borton-that is one thing that makes it special. If the school were K-5 three would be
fewer primary children and they might have less power in the community. (That said if
there were a 4-5 option, we’d probably stay.)
Caterpillar Room:
Gallardo                                      Kinder surveys turned in---2
It would be more convenient if school         Questions/Comments –
went further kids are already adjusted to faculty I believe it would be great.


Earth Room                   Kinder surveys turned in---2        First grade surveys turned in—6
Edgar                        Questions/Comments –                Questions/Comments--
Kinder:


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Does this mean Holladay would not be the ―sister school‖ any more?
Would Borton be able to receive sufficient funds from TUSD to make this possible?
Earth Room First:
We are interested in our daughter to stay at Borton. It is a grand school my daughter has
learned at lot. We are grateful for the great heart that the teachers and personal have.

Shooting Star Room
Encinas                       Kinder surveys turned in---8 First grade surveys turned in—
Kinder:                                                        6
We Love Borton!               Questions –                      Questions/Comments--
                  th
Only if it’s a K-5 .
Borton is a great school! We’ve really enjoyed having my child and being part of the
Borton Community
Shooting Star Room First:
Our family is extremely excited about the opportunity to have our child at Borton another
year. Let us know how we can help make this possibility a reality! If 5 th grade was
offered, I would not hesitate to keep my child enrolled. However I wonder how this
would change the Borton environment.
I am very interested in a third grade and want to meet with the rest of the Borton
community to help. I don’t think it would be extended higher than third grade because at
that point is seems like it’ll dilute the greatness of Borton. Fourth grade is the point when
kids become less innocent and I think it is important to keep them separate. Please inform
me when the forums begin.
Also please inform me what I can do to help.
I would be interested in the K-5 option, but I am unlikely to be in Arizona at 4 th and 5th
grade.
I am in favor of K-3 however I think making Borton K-5 would cause Borton to lose
some of its charm.

 Tree Room:                  Kinder surveys turned in---7 First grade surveys turned in—
Lohse                                                            6
Kinder:                      Questions –                         Questions/Comments--
I don’t think there
would be any point to just adding one grade (3 rd) to the school. It would be more
attractive as a whole K-5 elementary. Bit no more mixed age classrooms. I wouldn’t be
interested if the kids had to be in 2 nd, 3rd rooms or the like.
I am in awe of the dedication of the staff at Borton. However, I know that adding to the
size of the school may impact the culture that has been fostered with such an ―intimate‖
group (in other words, I’m cautious. But, if my child could experience the magic of
Borton through 5th grade, we’re in.)
I’m undecided, for we moved far away from the school. However, I feel strongly about
the high quality of school which Borton is and if adequate space was available. The
culture was maintained, and core principles were extended throughout the school as they
currently are I would strongly consider continuing throughout 5 th grade. For instance can
you extend inquiry-based learning and the discipline without punishment/shame
principles throughout the entire school culture if more grades were offered? If would



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seem both prudent and possible. What would be sacrificed, if anything? Perhaps the
principal role and how they relate to the teachers is the key in creating the school culture.
First:
I would live it if Borton were a K-5 school?
Wow!!! Really good idea! We love it! Plus our kids love their teachers and the school &
would hate to see them cry when they leave this school. GOOD LUCK p.s. hope it
works……
I am undecided-weighting the pros and cons.
 Many years ago Borton had K-5 then it decreased to K-2 it would be great to have more
grades offered again.

Desert Room:                               First surveys turned in---1
Carrell                                    Questions/Comments –
Si me gusta la escuela Borton para 3 4
y 5 si fuera Necesario ojala se pudiera pues a mi hija le ayudan mucho. No me gustaría
cambiar a mi hija de escuela para que baya 3 grado. Espero que los padres de los niños
que van allí que quieran que se realice es proyecto. Gracias.

Quail Room:
Hobson                                     First surveys turned in---12
First Grade:                               Questions/Comments –
I love Borton! The Teachers’ really care about the children. I would love my children to
be at Borton
K-5
We are curious how the school layout would be?
Definite, interested but I can’t guarantee we’ll attend.
Please
Please move forward with this. It is beneficial for all the children.
Where would there be room for these classes on campuses?

Gecko Room:                                 First surveys turned in---2
Olson
                                            Questions/Comments –
Second:
Maybe                                       Second surveys turned in---6
I think there is no point in only adding Questions/Comments –
one more grade. If this is going to
happen, they should make it a K-5.
YES!! Oh Please, please, please!
I would prefer Borton as a K-5, but would still love it if it was a K-3.
I would like a straight 3 rd grade with a developed curriculum rather than adding it to 2 nd
grade. I would not place my son in a split 2-3 grade. I like the idea of a K-3 but I’m not
sure of now that would look with space available. If Borton admitted less K to fee into
upper grades that would be great. Also, if Borton does not add a 3 rd grade neither of my
children would attend next year.
I would love for Borton to become a K-5 school. In fact, I prefer it to the K-3 option
because having my children stay at Borton through 3 rd grade still leaves us in the difficult



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position of deciding where to send them for 4 th grade. I wonder thought, how the school
can grow to accommodate older children interests and needs. E.g. theater productions,
sports teams, school choir, etc...
Provided it is a straight 3 rd grade not a 2/3rd grade.

Bicycle Room:
Reed                                       First surveys turned in---8
I hope the issues at Holladay can          Questions/Comments –
resolve-both academic and behavioral.
The magnet program is wonderful. YEA!!
I would be ecstatic if Borton became K-5!! Please let me know if there is anything I can
do to facilitate the change.
We love Borton Primary Magnet School and wish for Keegan to enjoy its special-ness for
as long a possible. We feel fortunate to have Keegan attend such a school and would
enjoy seeing its approach to elementary education extended beyond K-2.

Bicycle Room:                                Second surveys turned in---7
Reed                                         Questions/Comments –
    1. Would you add one grade per year in the 3 rd option or would you go straight away
        to 5th? Having both my kids in one school is appealing.
    2. Would you maintain the same # of students or cram portables on the site?
    3. Could you offer the 3-5 graders services like performance (music, dance, plays) or
        competitive atheistic 3 (track, basketball)?
I assume this won’t be in place for next school year; it would be hard to switch years at
this point regarding 3rd grade. But, if I had known last year, we definitely would have
stayed at Borton. (Sophie Chapman) I waiver on the K-5
Borton is great!! Like a real family and leaving at 2 nd grade I think is sad. The student is
just getting use to the school and the connection that they have between them.

Wildcat Room:
Romero                                      Second surveys turned in---15
We’re very interested but exploring         Questions/Comments –
all our options at this time.
We are exploring all our options.
A K-2 Borton with a solid 3-5 sister school is my preference. But if that is not possible
(seems not be possible with Holladay) then K-5 Borton is a good alternative.
We hope the issues at Holladay resolve. It seems to have great potential.
Yes! I’m in full agreement especially if K-5 is/will be an option.
My child has enjoyed the learning style at Borton and as a parent I truly enjoy the sense
of family that exists since the beginning.
I would like for Borton to offer that. This is the only school I like a lot.
We love the educational philosophy at Borton along with its great community. It is many
transitions for kids to make from 2 to 3 rd grade and then again from 5 to 6 th grade. I
highly would be supportive of more grades for Borton. This is a great initiative and one I
am glad we have opportunity for parent input. (
Please!! 3rd grade at Borton-that would be wonderful! Yes we are interested!


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Wildflower Room:                              Second surveys turned in---11
Ianni                                         Questions/Comments –
I would like to have my daughter stay at Borton Primary Magnet School. She is learning
a lot at this school. I hope for her to stay please make this happy.
Borton is a great school and conveniently located for us.
I hope this can happen before next year it will be a big factor in deciding the future of my
son’s involvement in the magnet program.
I would really like for Borton to offer this I love Borton.
My child has been so happy at Borton and I am pleased with his progress and your staff is
wonderful. They really care about our kids. I would love for my child to continue on
through 5th grade if this is possible.
Many years ago Borton had K-5 then it decreased to K-2/ it would be great to have more
grades offered again.
I do not know that I would definitely send my child through 5 th grade at Borton. It would
depend on the quality of the teachers and curriculum. I am also concerned about space for
all those extra classes. I completely support adding 3 rd grade and tentatively support
adding grades 4 and 5 th.

Javelina Room:                            Second surveys turned in---6
Lomas                                     Questions/Comments –
WOW!!!
Really good idea! We love it! Plus our kids love their teachers and the school and would
hate to see them cry when they leave there schools GOOD LUCK p.s. hope it works...
Me gustaría mucho que Borton pudiera ofrecer 3ro grado y 5 ya que es una escuela de la
cual estoy orgullosa por su nivel académica y también del personal del mismo.

Sunshine Room:                              Second surveys turned in---10
Crowell                                     Questions/Comments –
First Grade
The Borton/Holladay Split is so inconvenient. Better to make them separate schools and
let Borton go thru K-5.
Need more info. Would my child loose her position as a second grader if 3 rd was added?
But if Holliday remains a 3-5 then I would prefer my child to go to Holladay. Lots of if’s
Great Idea!
I would like to see Borton kept K-3 if changes were made. I liked that as a
Kindergartener my child didn’t have to face the possibility of dealing with older kids as
she began her school experience. We were concerned with the possibility of aggressive
older kids. Not that all older kids are aggressive.
If the school goes to K-5 we would still support Borton, but prefer K-3
My child and us both love the atmosphere of Borton and would like him to have the least
amount of transitions possible in his academic life.
That said we love the K-2 atmosphere that keeps kids young.
I think Borton is a great school. My daughter is very happy and she likes her teacher. I
will be very happy to keep Vania going to you school.
One of Borton’s many strengths is the variety of classrooms /teachers for each if its 3
grades. If Borton became a K-5 school, would there still be multi-age classes? The



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independence given to kindergarteners is impressive at Borton (trips to office, library,
etc, without a teacher/adult? Can that continue with older kids on campus too? We love
Borton and its community, and hope to stay here as long as we can!!!
Sunshine Room                               Second surveys turned in---7
Crowell                                     Questions/Comments –
Second Grade
I feel that since you want a definite yes or no, I have to say No.
With more time to consider it I might consider it.
 Who would be teaching 3 rd grade?
Please-Please-add a third grade we would love it.
1st grade-Tell me more?
1st grade- the above answers apply only if it is 2 or more classrooms of each grade. It
must be a full commitment to the upper elementary grades or we are not interested.




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               Results Survey I Parents


Question 1.                                                                         Yes                 No         Maybe
No, I am not interested in having my child attend Borton for 3 rd                                   11111 11       1
grade.
The school we are planning on is                                                                    1 moving out
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Question 2.
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and would have my child attend if it was offered.
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Question 3.
Yes, I am also interested in the Borton K-5 option and would        11111 11111 11111 11111
have my child attend if it was offered.
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Survey II: Second Grade
January 12, 2010

Dear Borton Second Grade Families:

The Borton Site Council is in the process of deciding whether or not Borton will add third
grade for the 2010-2011 school year. Survey results showed that parents and staff support
the idea of adding third grade.

The Borton Site Council needs more information from you in order to make the best
decision for the school. The following survey will inform the site council of the
approximate number of students who wish to continue as third graders and how many
classrooms we might need to plan for. Please fill out the survey below and return it to the
front office by Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

The Borton Site Council

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Child’s Name: __________________________________________________________

Current Classroom: ______________________________________________________

Does your child have siblings who currently attend Borton? ______________________

Sibling’s Name(s):___________________________Sibling’s Grade(s):____________

What is your level of commitment in terms of your child continuing at Borton as a third
grader for the 2010-2011 school year?

_____ Yes. My child will definitely attend Borton for third grade if third grade is offered.

_____ No. My child will not attend Borton if third grade is offered. The school my child
will attend is ____________________________________________________________

_____ Undecided. I am considering Borton as one third grade option and these are the
factors that would impact my decision:
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

If you marked ―Undecided‖, when do you plan to make your decision? ______________




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Results Survey II: Second Grade

Does your child have siblings who currently attend Borton?
Yes-
       Tree Rm.- Desert Rm. -Tree Rm. -Nature Rm.-Quail Rm. Caterpillar Rm.-
       Shooting Star,- Tree Rm. -
No-
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Yes, my child will definitely attend Borton for third grade if third grade offered.
49          a. Most likely, would like to know who will be teaching the class, how
               many classes- as it is my understanding that the open enrollment deadline
               is 2/5.
            b. If we were not moving to Wash. D.C.
            c. Please!!!!
            d. Only if straight 3rd grade-not a 2-3 mix class


No, my child will not attend Borton if third grade is offered.
4
Holladay: 2

Undecided. I am considering Borton as one third grade option and these are the factors
that would impact my decision:
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     a. The teachers who will be teaching the classes & the Holladay issue & when the above
        questions are answered. Plus after the lottery results are in.
     b. Our neighbor (4th grade next year) is waiting to hear if she will attend Holladay-then
        we can carpool & share bus ride.
     c. We are thrilled that you might offer 3 rd grade. My child did test for GATE, but even if
        she is offered a spot we would strongly consider choosing Borton over GATE and we
        hear about GATE. Also- A factor that would keep us at Borton is if you continue to
        offer and expand enrichment math opportunities! My child LOVES the extended day
        math more of this PLEASE in the regular curriculum!


If you marked ―Undecided‖, when do you plan to make your decision?
     a. When magnet lottery announced.
     b.




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Staff Options Survey

_______Option 1
Accept the same number of Kindergartners (103) for 2010-2011 AND accommodate all current
2nd graders as 3rd graders (103). Increases student enrollment by 103 students and would require
us to renegotiate space, such as the MPR, the possibility of remodeling. Borton would increase in
size 320 students to 423 students. Hire more staff?
K                        103 students; class size 20-24
1st                      102 students; class size 20-24
  nd
2                        114 students; class size 24-26
  rd
3                        103 students; class size 26-28

_______Option 2
Reduce number of kindergarteners accepted from 103 to 80. Accommodate 81 of the 103 second
graders as 3rd graders. This increases enrollment from 320-383 and raises class size at most grade
levels. The staff remains the same.
K                        80 students; class size 20-25
1                        102 students; class size 24-26
2                        114 students; class size 24-26
3                        81 students; class size 24-26

_______Option 3
Reduce the number of kindergarteners by half (103 to 51). The 47 available placements that are
currently not filled will be filled. 103 second graders could be accommodated. Student population
increases 320 to 371.
K                        51 students; class size 20-24
1st                      102 students; class size 20-24
2nd                      114 students; class size 20-24
3rd                      103 students; class size 24-26

_______Option 4
Total Students 320 (same # of teachers and same number of students as this year)
* budget formula will provide a 1-24 ratio in kindergarten and a 1-29 ratio in 1st-3rd grades
K                        34 students; class size 15-26
1                        102 students; class size 15-26
2                        114 students; class size 15-26
3                        70 students; class size 15-26

_______Option 5
Total Students 320+47 current openings 367
K                        81 students; class size 24
1                        102 students; class size 24
2                        114 students; class size 24
3                        70 students; class size 26

Individual Reflection:
Is there anything else you would like the Site Council to take in to consideration as they
create the proposal for third grade implementation?




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Results Staff Options Survey

Option 1, Staff 3rd Choice:               1
Accept the same number of Kindergartners (103) for 2010-2011 AND accommodate all current
2nd graders as 3rd graders (103). Increases student enrollment by 103 students and would require
us to renegotiate space, such as the MPR, the possibility of remodeling. Borton would increase in
size 320 students to 423 students. Hire more staff?
K                        103 students; class size 20-24
1st                      102 students; class size 20-24
2nd                      114 students; class size 24-26
  rd
3                        103 students; class size 26-28

Option 2, Staff 1st Choice:               15
Reduce number of kindergarteners accepted from 103 to 80. Accommodate 81 of the 103 second
graders as 3rd graders. This increases enrollment from 320-383 and raises class size at most grade
levels. The staff remains the same.
K                        80 students; class size 20-25
1                        102 students; class size 24-26
2                        114 students; class size 24-26
3                        81 students; class size 24-26

Option 3                                  0
Reduce the number of kindergarteners by half (103 to 51). The 47 available placements that are
currently not filled will be filled. 103 second graders could be accommodated. Student population
increases 320 to 371.
K                        51 students; class size 20-24
1st                      102 students; class size 20-24
2nd                      114 students; class size 20-24
  rd
3                        103 students; class size 24-26

Option 4                                  0
Total Students 320 (same # of teachers and same number of students as this year)
* budget formula will provide a 1-24 ratio in kindergarten and a 1-29 ratio in 1st-3rd grades
K                        34 students; class size 15-26
1                        102 students; class size 15-26
2                        114 students; class size 15-26
3                        70 students; class size 15-26

Option 5, Staff 2nd Choice:               10
Total Students 320+47 current openings 367
K                        81 students; class size 24
1                        102 students; class size 24
2                        114 students; class size 24
3                        70 students; class size 26




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