Attachment: Current Policy 5.01.pdf
Superintendent Gent introduced Mr. Sanches for Policy discussion. Mr. Sanches informed that issue came up during Boundary Committee regarding siblings staying or not, both 4th Grader and younger sibling would move to the other school, and allow lower grades other than 4th Grader to remain in school, optimizing capacity at schools.
Chairman Shaw suggested for Board Members to comment and make recommendations.
Ms. Brill indicated that biggest issues were stability of students and whether we are confirming attendance boundaries, and how we verify. Add statement under General Criteria that School Board values and appreciates role of stability. To insert somewhere (will have legal ramifications): "when a boundary change is being contemplated, District shall first initiate a process to confirm that current students in school reside within attendance boundaries at time or have received reassignment by District's Choice Options, IEP Process or Controlled Open Enrollment"; second paragraph "whenever possible based on current enrollment, District shall provide Opt/In process to complete remaining year"providing transportation by parents. Stability for students in that school and confirmation for enrollment at school (putting process in place).
Ms. Brown is intrigued by stability piece. We have very mobile families which may move several times during the year. Work into policy that if family is moving into an area, the children can stay in their school throughout elementary or middle or high school years.
Ms. Andrews suggested that we look further and not just the learning environment. Thanked ABC Committee for their effort but think that we are late in sending communication out to parents. Boundary website is not just enough, it needs to be on Edline, discussed with PTA, cannot wait until October for Superintendent to make recommendation in December. Compared to policies in Broward and Miami Dade, we do not have a lot of involvement. Regarding transportation, our Principals and Area Superintendents were not part of these meetings. Need process or timeline in place to educate people. Worked with Mr. Wittman in having meetings with County so that children are not in danger traveling to school. SACS and Area Superintedent should be involved in that process.
Mr. Barbieri asked to allow younger sibling to stay in school until older sibling moves out, policy needs to be modified, particularly for Elementary schools.
Dr. Robinson agreed to keep elementary siblings (but look at numbers), value stability is ok too. Not clear about sidewalk issue and how it binds to consideration of boundaries. High mobility and impact on numbers is important to consider.
Mr. Murgio mentioned stability is very important and agrees with younger siblings staying since we do not want to split families but cannot go over capacity. Possibility of looking at satelite schools composed of about 200 students approximately to aid in this matter.
Chairman Shaw - if family has special education student then it becomes even more difficult. Concurrency definition is not clear.
Mr. Harris stated that Policy 5.011 does require parents to update their address annually. Policy Development Workshop does not have numbers in policies. Also wanted to hear from ABC Committee.
ABC Committee informed in terms of boundary postions and recognized that School Board sets policies and follow it. Timeline is set by Board and committee has no objection. Siblings attending is a Board decision. Working outside of schools is recognized clearly and Staff took lead in contacting County and Indian Trail District since they have authority. Need to stay within our boundaries and our focus is capacity.
Nancy from ESE Department informed us that programs are outside parameters. Feeder Patterns have been cleaned by using information Art Wittman provides.
Dr. Robinson thanked Boundary Committee for everything they do individually and collectively. Academic side of house is involved early in the process and that participation needs to be public maybe by sending quarterly information via Edline. Look at Diversity issue, and Legal Department prepare memo as to weather Boundary can look at ethnicity when looking at these measures even if it is not the reason to make decision.
Mr. Murgio requested creating Ad Hoc Committees outside the ABC Committee.
Mr. Barbieri requested to provide a packet to new comers if school in area will be over capacity so that before they move into neighborhood they are aware of it.
Superintendent Gent thanked Boundary Committee for all they do.
|Motion to reorder the agenda to cover the Policy 5.01 before the Boundary discussion.||- PASS|
|Motion: Karen Brill|
|Second: Marcia Andrews|
|Marcia Andrews||- Aye|
|Frank Barbieri||- Aye|
|Karen Brill||- Aye|
|Jennifer Brown (Board)||- Aye|
|Michael Murgio||- Aye|
|Debra Robinson||- Nay|
|Chuck Shaw||- Aye|