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    Development of Proposals
     
    The following are two proposals for middle and elementary redistricting.  Finding the “right” redistricting plan is a very complicated process. That is why we used the GIS technology which allowed us to do “what-if” analysis on-demand.  It was this technology that allowed us to come to the realization that there is a structural barrier keeping Catherine Kolnaski from meeting the State requirements for diversity.  Let's begin with that explanation:
     
    Catherine Kolnaski services the students in the southern part of the City.  If one were to take a line from West Side and draw it west until it hit the river…and then counted all the students to the south of that line…one would count approximately 325 elementary students with a minority percentage of around 83%.The acceptable state limit is approximately 67% minority for Groton elementary schools.In order to hit that number, CK would need to add 160 more white students without adding 1 more minority student.The communities to the north of this line have more evenly balanced ratios of whites and minorities, but nowhere near the ratios to lower the 83% to 67%. Also, even if there were a community that could add only 160 white students, it would raise the enrollment of CK to 485 students, which is near capacity.
     
    In order to make CK compliant, we would need to educate some of the current students in the southern part of City in another school or to lower the enrollment at CK to levels that allowed more magnet students to attend. The two proposed plans focus on these two strategies.
     
     
    Identified Goals of the Redistricting
     
    In addition to the Board's goal of making CK compliant now and in the future, the following were redistricting goals:
     
    ·Try to improve the racial balance at SBB, NEA, CC, and the two middle schools.
    ·Have an even number of MS students in each school.
    ·Lower the number of students at CK, NEA, and PV.
    ·Have direct feeder schools from Elementary to Middle.
    ·Preserve communities where possible.
    ·Be suitable with transportation.
    ·Where possible help class sizes and full day K
     
    Current Boundaries
     
    The following link brings up a map of the district’s current transportation boundaries.
     Current Borders
    For the most part, the boundaries are intuitive.  There are, however, two exceptions. The first is that Mary Morrisson divides the Pleasant Valley area. This is not optimal for transportation. Second, parts of Poquonnock Bridge go to SB Butler, dividing communities. These two issues are addressed in the proposed revisions.
     
     

    The Evolution of the Plans
     
    Option 1 - The initial plan that created equal middle schools
     
     
    This plan became the first option that seemed like it had real possibilities.The following are the highlights of this plan:

    ·CB, NEA, SBB, and a portion of CC would go to Cutler
    ·PV, MM, CK and a portion of CC would go to West Side
    ·The split of CC did not meet one of the board goals
    ·The flexibility of splitting CC allowed the distribution to the middle schools to be even
     
    This plan was viable until the realities of CK (described above) were identified.Without modifications, Option 1 could not satisfy the requirement of making CK within the legal racial limits of the State.
     

    Option 3 - The plan that created equal middle schools and had all the military students at West Side
     
    This plan also had many appealing attributes:
     
    ·CC, NEA, and SBB would go to Cutler
    ·PV, MM, CK and CB would go to West Side
    ·There was no split of CC
    ·The middle schools had even enrollments
     
    Unfortunately, as with Option 1, Option 3 could not be modified to make CK compliant with State laws.  It became apparent that a different structure needed to be tried with CK.
     

    Option 5 - The plan that has CC providing full day Kindergarten for some CK students
     

    This plan has the following benefits:
     
    ·CB, NEA, and SBB would go to Cutler
    ·PV, MM, CK and CC would go to West Side
    ·Enrollment at CC, CK, PV, and NEA would go down to make more building space
    ·The middle schools have similar enrollment levels
    ·Full day K is promoted in our neediest part of our community
    ·Diversity levels improve at SBB, which was close to being out of State compliance
    ·Diversity levels at the middle schools are acceptable
     
    The following sheet presents enrollment and diversity data for Options 5 & 6 in addition to the schools information for this year and projections for next year.
     
     
    In Option 5, the changes on the map are made.This leaves CK with 505 students.The plan would be to transport approximately 3 or 4 classes of full day Kinder students to CC to be educated for 1 year.  As first graders, they would go back to CK and a new set of Kindergartners will go to CC.  By moving the students to CC, the enrollment at CK goes down to the low 400’s. The addition of magnet students from around the town should lower the ratios to meeting the legal limits for diversity.
     

    To assist in understanding the impact of Option 5, the following information is presented for each school:

    West Side and Cutler each have about 515 students.
     
    Barnum:
    ·Feeds to Cutler
    ·Near identical to current boundaries.
    NEA:
    ·Feeds to Cutler
    ·Near identical to current boundaries.
    SBB:
    ·Feeds to Cutler
    ·Expands to pick up Midway Oval from CC.  This evens the MS split and provides diversity help to SBB to be in State compliance.
    ·Increases by approximately 100 students.
    MM:
    ·Feeds to West Side
    ·Switches some areas with PV.  Now will have military and City students.
    ·Picks up Winding Hollow condos.
    ·Increases by about 30 students.
    PV:
    ·Feeds to West Side
    ·Enrollment stays flat but area is more contiguous. Also keeps military.
     
    CK:
    ·Feeds to West Side
    ·Gives up some area to CC.  Sends either 3 or 4 full day K classes to CC, lowering the building enrollment to the low 400’s. With the 30 magnet students it should be in compliance.  Also CK should have lower class sizes.

    CC:
    ·Feeds to West Side
    ·Area numbers reduced to low 200’s to allow for K students to come over from CK. Should still be able to have low class sizes. Loses Midway Oval to SBB.
     
     
    Option 6 - The plan that has CC picking some CK students by transporting from areas on the west side of the school

     Click Here for Elem Map    Option 6 Elem        Click Here for MS Map    Option 6 MS

    This plan has the following benefits:
    ·CB, NEA, and SBB would go to Cutler
    ·PV, MM, CK and CC would go to West Side
    ·Enrollment at CC, CK, PV, and NEA would go down to make more building space
    ·The middle schools have similar enrollment levels
    ·Full day K is promoted in our neediest part of our community
    ·Diversity levels improve at SBB, which was close to being out of State compliance
    ·Diversity levels at the middle schools are acceptable
     
    The following sheet presents enrollment and diversity data for Options 5 & 6 in addition to the schools information for this year and projections for next year.
     
    In Option 6, the changes on the map are made. This leaves CK with 445 students.The addition of magnet students from around the town should lower the ratios to meet the legal limits for diversity.

     
    To assist in understanding the impact of Option 6, the following information is presented for each school:
     
    West Side would have approximately 507 students and Cutler would have about 525 students.
     
    Barnum:
    ·Feeds to Cutler
    ·Picks up military students from the north east boundaries of PV.Otherwise a similar area to current.
    NEA:
    ·Feeds to Cutler
    ·Near identical to current boundaries.
    SBB:
    ·Feeds to Cutler
    ·Expands to pick up Midway Oval from CC.This provides diversity help to SBB to be in State compliance.
    ·Increases by approximately 100 students.
    MM:
    ·Feeds to West Side
    ·Switches some areas with PV.Now will have military and City students.
    ·Picks up Winding Hollow condos.
    ·Increases by about 20 students.
    PV:
    ·Feeds to West Side
    ·Loses community in north east corner to CB, but picks up students further south in the City.
    ·Enrollment goes down by 40 and area is more contiguous.  Also keeps military.
    CK:
    ·Feeds to West Side
    ·Gives up some area to CC on the west side.This lowers the building enrollment to approx. 445.  With the 30 magnet students it should be in compliance.
    CC:
    ·Feeds to West Side
    ·Area numbers reduced by 40 students but picks up students from CK.Should still be able to have low class sizes.
    ·Loses Midway Oval to SBB.
     
    Option 7 - This is the latest plan that will be used as a basis for continuing discussion.  It is not a final plan because, according to State racial balance requirements, both CK and SBB are out of compliance.
     

    Highlights of this plan include:

    ·NEA, SBB and CC would go to Cutler.

    ·CB, MM, PV and CK would go to WestSide.

    ·Keeps Midway Oval tied to CC.

    ·Lowers the number of students atNEA and PV.

    ·Maintains direct feeder schoolsfrom the elementary to the middle. Please remember this plan can’t stand as isbecause it SBB and CK still need modifications. There are many ways in which to make those modifications that the Boardwill be asked to discuss. 

     

    To assist in understanding theimpact of Option 7, the following information is presented for each school:

    West Side would have approximately513 students and Cutler would have about 519 students.

    Barnum:

    ·Feeds to WSMS.

    ·Increase the size of the school.

    · Takes some of the PV students in the northwest.

     

    NEA:
     

    ·Feeds to Cutler.

    ·Similar to existing conditions with the exception of losingsome students in the southwest boundary to SBB.

     

    SBB:
     

    ·Feeds to Cutler.

    ·In addition to getting somestudents from NEA, SBB has very few changes. It is not, however, in compliance and would need some other modifications.

     

    MM:
     

    ·Feeds to West Side.

    ·Takes more students from the Cityof Groton to the west of CK.

     

    PV:
     

    ·Feeds to West Side.

    ·Loses some students to CB and gainssome students in the City of Groton. Overall, a slight reduction in the numberof students.

     

    CK:
     

    ·Feeds to West Side.

    ·Gives up students to MM and PV, lowering the number ofstudents to around 445 before taking students through the magnet program.
     
    CC:
     

    ·Feeds to Cutler.

    ·Continues servicing students fromMidway Oval.

    ·No longer servicing students who live to the west of CKwhich was presented in previous plans.


    Option 8 - The attached plan, Option 8, is the latest plan for the elementary schools.  Option 7 still remains the latest plan for the middle schools. 
     
    Please Click here to access ES Option 8.