Grade Configuration Consultation Meeting SD 71 Comox Valley Jordan Tinney, Dec 2006 The past… Declining Enrolment Task Force March, 2003 recommendations: Closing Black Creek School in Sept. 2003 or Sept. 2004; Closing Union Bay School in Sept. 2003 or Sept. 2004; Closing Tsolum Elementary in Sept. 2006; and Reexamining the current grade structure and school boundaries in the district over the next five years in the best interests of students rather than to fill buildings. One of the issues…consistency Highland Secondary grades 10-12 Mark R. Isfeld Secondary grades 9-12 G.P. Vanier grades 9-12 Lake Trail, Cumberland Jr., Cape Lazo, Aspen grades 7-9 Courtenay Jr. grades 7-8 Demographics Where do they come from and who is Baragar? Stats Canada, hospital records (birth rates), local knowledge, BC Stats; Used across entire province; Strong history of accuracy. One of the issues - demographics Enrolment Projections vs. Actual Source: Declining Enrolment Task Force January, 2003 9200 9000 8800 Headcount Students 8600 Projections Actual 8400 8200 8000 7800 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Year Past and Future District Total 8600 8400 8200 8000 District Total 7800 7600 7400 7200 2005 2006 2008 2009 2010 Our Middle Schools School Capacity Enrolment 06 Seats Lake Trail 550 423 -127 Cumberland Jr 275 219 -56 Aspen Park 400 249 -18 -Fr Imm 133 Cape Lazo 400 303 -97 Courtenay Mid 600 486 -114 -412 Our Secondary Schools School Capacity Enrolment 06 Seats G.P. Vanier 1125 1154 29 Highland 800 654 -68 -Fr Imm 78 Mark Isfeld 850 653 -197 -236 Elementary Zones - Comox School Capacity Enrolment 06 Seats Airport 380 275 -105 Brooklyn 290 303 13 Comox 330 176 -154 Robb Road-Fr Imm 380 348 -32 Village Park 215 197 -18 -296 Elementary Zones - Courtenay School Capacity Enrolment 06 Seats Arden 315 261 -54 Courtenay 480 261 -219 Puntledge Park 570 195 -169 -Fr Imm 206 -442 Elementary Zones – North/Central School Capacity Enrolment 06 Seats Glacier View 355 239 -116 Huband Park 390 374 -16 Miracle Beach 265 238 -27 Valley View 430 432 2 -157 Elementary Zones - Islands School Capacity Enrolment 06 Seats Denman Island 115 59 -56 Hornby Island 165 45 -120 -176 Elementary Zones – Cumberland/Royston School Capacity Enrolment 06 Seats Cumberland 275 219 -56 Royston 265 177 -88 -144 Total Elementary Seats Empty 1863 in all elementary schools We get $5830/student; This is approx. $10.8M in revenue that is lost given our current space. Of this $10.8M, about half would be available for other programs and staff beyond our current staffing ratios. The overall plan Consolidate grades; Propose school closures; Consolidate facilities; Dispose of assets; Adjust resource levels to strengthen school programs; Draft firm 3-5 year district plan with projection for 10 years. The basic issues… Too many seats, too few kids… Programs vs. facilities… Understanding potential closures the full school and not the Closing empty one School Capacity Enrolment 06 Seats Arden 315 261 -54 Courtenay 480 261 -219 Puntledge Park 570 195 -169 -Fr Imm 206 -442 The importance of research and planning Ifdemographics, funding, and the community force you to reexamine the configuration of your schools, then the decisions should be based on: – Academic research about which structures are most supportive of students; and – Careful planning and consideration for the future and sustainability. The Trillium Report Recommendations: – Adopt a grade 6-8 middle school model; – Initiate process for closure of Tsolum and Union Bay; – Proceed with the implementation of the 6-8 middle school model when secondary enrolments have declined sufficiently; – Initiate the process for considering the closure of Cape Lazo Middle, Comox Elementary, Village Park Elementary, Glacier View Elementary, and Courtenay Elementary by 2009. – Explore opportunities to consolidate district programs in one surplus facility; – Explore opportunities to sell a surplus school to the Conseil Scolaire Francophone; – Proceed with the disposition of properties that are surplus to District needs. Masters Study - 2005 Recommendations: • Develop a consultative process with secondary school teachers so they will feel involved in the process; • Mandate professional learning communities in the three secondary schools; • Share key research on middle school configurations; • Standardize middle and secondary school configurations; • Consider alternate structures for secondary schools (multiple campuses, self-paced learning); • Appoint a leader for the change process whose job it is to ensure changes are implemented and who will be accountable for progress in the secondary system; • Establish networks with other schools and districts that are involved in change and improvement programs; • Appoint “lead learners” in schools who will help train and implement changes; • Engage in systems thinking – create schools that serve students better. Encourage schools to share their ideas and methods with those that are under-performing. Masters Study 2005 • Improve awareness throughout our district as to the moral purpose of schools to improve satisfaction and achievement levels. “Raise the bar and close the gap” – most importantly, we need to make people believe there is an urgent need to improve our system. • Investigate how Assessment for Learning can give a ready focus to the professional learning communities set up in our schools; and • Develop a small-school philosophy. Ensuring numbers are not excessive; • Ensure feeder schools are sending their students to a single school; • Reconfiguration needs to be based on long-term goals; • Give careful thought to the transition process; • Choosing a secondary school model is less important than ensuring support for change and establishing clear direction for those involved; • Work toward greater integration of North Island Distance Education School; and • Establish a transition committee made up of members from all stakeholder groups, and empower them to make decisions about the long-term direction for SD #71. Possible Scenarios Comox Valley School District could close all of our middle schools and reconfigure the district in a K-8 and 9-12 model. The capacity in our elementary schools is sufficient to accommodate all students as are our three secondary schools. This would mean the closure of Cape Lazo, Ecole Aspen Park, Lake Trail, Courtenay Middle and Cumberland Junior schools. It would be reasonable to assume that the subsequent elementary populations would be dispersed to the newer buildings and the older facilities closed. For example, Cape Lazo and Ecole Aspen Park could hold the combined populations of Brooklyn, Village Park, and Comox Elementary. Possible Scenarios Comox Valley School District could reconfigure for a standard 6-8 and 9-12 grade configuration. In the Trillium report, this possible scenario included the potential closures of Glacier View Elementary, Comox Elementary, Village Park Elementary, and Cape Lazo Middle School. Possible Scenarios Comox Valley School District could continue with the grade 7-9, 10-12 model with adjustments to have consistent grade configurations in buildings. In the Trillium Report, this possible scenario included the potential closures of Comox Elementary, Cape Lazo Middle, and Vanier Secondary School. It is important to note that in this model you would not have to wait until 2015 to close Vanier as the enrolment decline is sufficient by 2010 to justify the closure of Vanier with a subsequent sale and upgrade to Highland and Mark R. Isfeld to accommodate the additional students. Possible Scenarios Inconsistencyin grade structures; Independent directed studies secondary school; Multiple campus single secondary school; …others? Timeline for configuration decisions November 2006 – January 2007 Paper on grade configuration – soliciting feedback and advertising forums through local media: – Two public forums; – One small working group – to collate discussions; – Participation and feedback requested online as well; February 2007 – Working group collates results/comments and suggests options for district grade configuration. – Superintendent writes report complete with recommendations. March 2007 – C.O.W. public discussion on recommendations. – Board meeting – Board decision on grade configuration. Timeline for configuration decisions April, 2007 – Initiation of Policy 3050 complete with identification of schools proposed for closure. – Public information on the timelines of potential school closures. April-June, 2007 – Initiation of school closure and consolidation processes. September – November, 2007 – Public consultation regarding school closures as per policy 3050. November 27, 2007 – Board decision regarding school closures for June, 2008 at the earliest. Our task… Briefly review research; Answer 4 questions to begin: 1. What is the most important educational issue for the district to consider in moving to a consistent grade configuration? 2. Which grade configuration do you prefer? 3. What research or information do you have to support your preference for grade structure? 4. What do you feel is the most important non- educational issue for the district to consider as we move to have consistency in our grade structures? – Return and report out – 1 common theme from each table. Follow - up All notes taken and added to district web site; Any emails welcomed as further information (email@example.com); Student working group; Community working group; Teachers working group; Committee of the whole discussion; Next meeting January 23rd 7:00 Mark R. Isfeld.