Groton Public Schools – Redistricting FAQ
Please explain the redistricting of a small group, 24 students, from Northeast Academy to Claude Chester.
According to the official Oct 1st 2012 enrollment for Northeast Academy, there are 403 elementary students. The operational capacity for this building is 408 students. Enrollment projections (below) based on the existing attendance areas for Northeast Academy are showing an increase over the next 5-years. The projected increase is significant enough to place Northeast Academy above operational capacity for each of the next five years. The intent of the redistricting of Northeast to Claude Chester is to address this concern.
· 2013-14: Projected 412 students
· 2014-15: Projected 430 students
· 2015-16: Projected 419 students
· 2016-17: Projected 417 students
· 2017-18: Projected 417 students
Please explain the redistricting of Claude Chester students residing east of Central Ave. Why are students that walk to school going to a school (S.B. Butler) that is farther away from their house?
The geographic locations of the elementary school relative to the elementary population centers in Groton necessitated the need to shift students into and out of Groton’s only centrally located elementary facility. Currently in this neighborhood, transportation to S.B. Butler is provided to students residing at Atlantic Court, Concord Court, Denver Court, Birmingham Court, Fort Hill Court and sections of Midway Oval and Central Ave. With the recent enrollment decline at S.B. Butler and existing bus routes to S.B. Butler currently in place for the neighborhood, this neighborhood met our criteria as an option for inclusion into S.B. Butler.
Please explain the splitting of Branford Manor between two schools.
According to the October 1st 2012 enrollment, there are 256 elementary students residing in the Branford Manor Neighborhood. In 2009, this neighborhood had 193 elementary students; this 32.6% growth has contributed to the capacity concerns at Catherine Kolnaski. By dividing the student population evenly between two schools it addresses not only the overcrowding at Catherine Kolnaski and state mandates but also affords better enrollment management for this dynamic student population.
When would the proposed redistricting be implemented?
Redistricting would be implemented in the Fall of 2013. Students would not be moved during the current school year.
How will elementary schools align with the middle school boundaries?
The new middle school districts implemented in 2012-13 are not affected by the elementary redistricting plan.
How much extra will redistricting cost in bussing?
At this time, detailed transportation costs have not yet been determined. As the plan becomes more solidified, that information will be made available.
Are special programming spaces (for art, music, Special Ed, etc.) and core facilities (cafeteria, gyms, etc.) considered in the spatial capacity analysis?
The spatial capacity analysis is based on instructional room space – not special programming space. One of the constraints of the redistricting plan is working within the limits of existing space and facilities.
What is the timeline and what are the next steps?
The last neighborhood meeting will be held on Nov. 1st at 6pm at Claude Chester. The Board of Education will meet to discuss the current proposal and all of the public feedback obtained in early November. An update on the plan must be provided to the State Department of Education in November. The Board of Education must act on the plan in December.