The Ad Hoc Committee for Elementary Enrollment met on April 4, 2017 to discuss possible timelines, parameters, best practices and costs to rebalance the student population at the elementary schools in order to meet the goal of uniform delivery of the Elementary Blueprint for Instruction.
The meeting began with a review of existing core classroom spaces and special instruction spaces within the elementary schools. The Committee discussed the option of expanding one or more elementary schools to accommodate the unbalanced distribution of students. While expanding current schools would remove the need to redistrict elementary school students at this time, this option would institutionalize unequal distribution of school populations, promote a different student experience at a larger-sized school, involve a significant cost and would take at least two years to complete.
Next the Committee reviewed the option of redistricting elementary students by adjusting attendance boundaries to balance the distribution of students across T/E’s five elementary schools. Benefits to redistricting include a shorter timeline and the availability of adequate space to provide a uniform student experience across all District elementary schools. The Committee noted redistricting would require some families to move to a new school and could possibly impact the feeder pattern to the middle schools. Finally, District solicitor Ken Roos reviewed the legal requirements and restrictions for the redistricting process.
After discussion and consideration, the Committee identified redistricting elementary school students as the current best option to provide a timely, cost-effective solution to address the disparity in population. This option allows for uniform delivery of the District’s elementary program over the next five years. Redistricting also provides the School Board with flexibility in the event that student enrollment shifts in the future.
At its next meeting on April 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Tredyffrin/Easttown Administration Offices, the Committee will discuss the parameters for the redistricting process including the timeline, best practices and legal considerations. In addition, the Committee will discuss which schools will be considered for reassignment, determine representatives to be involved in the steering process and review other considerations that are relevant to the school community.