Sylvania Schools | Bradley J. Rieger Building | 4747 N. Holland Sylvania Road | Sylvania, Ohio 43560
The FINAL 2018-19 REDISTRICTING RECOMMENDATION was formally adopted by the Sylvania Schools Board of Education on June 12, 2017.
UPDATED: June 7, 2017
After the last school board meeting on Monday, May 22nd, the district has received additional input from the community, including questions and requests for a further explanation as we move closer to the redistricting decision. Please see the list of questions and answers below which we hope will help to clarify certain aspects of the latest proposed plan.
Boundary line changes were decided upon in a comprehensive manner with the totality of the district as a primary consideration. Specific examples and reasons are listed below that will help the community better understand how decisions were made:
Sylvania Schools will remain committed to and plans to build upon our direct feeder pattern model for the following specific reasons:
We have analyzed each building’s current and historical enrollment trends as well as potential and planned real estate growth. The result of this research helped us determine that new construction is not currently necessary to balance student enrollment between each building. The combined factors of the geographic location of our buildings, varying intensities of concentrations of students across the district and dissimilar building capacities will not allow every child in the district to attend the school they live closest to.
Implementing the current recommended grandfathering plan will initially have an impact on meeting the goal of balancing enrollment in many areas of the district. It will also allow for a more incremental approach to continue over the next 6 years. The shift of the redistricted areas along with the change in our Open Enrollment policy K-8 will gradually increase the balance in student enrollment. There will be an initial desired impact upon implementation which will continue moving forward while still being sensitive to the idea that children who are bonded with a school and classmates will have an opportunity to remain in their current pattern.
At last night’s Board of Education meeting, three important points were presented for discussion in regards to next steps towards completion of the Sylvania Schools redistricting process. The following points will be included as part of the final recommendation to the board in June 2017.
Keeping Boundary Lines as presented on May 8, 2017
Adjusting and Extending the Grandfathering Plan presented on May 8, 2017, for K-8 current feeder patterns. This would mean that kids currently enrolled in the district (and up until May 30, 2018) will have the opportunity to attend school(s) in their current feeder pattern through 8th grade if requested. No transportation will be provided to families who grandfather per this policy.
Work will begin next year on designing an Incremental Redistricting policy which will begin in the 2020-2021 school year and take place approximately every 2 years moving forward. This means redistricting will be studied and evaluated and could be implemented more often in order to adjust student enrollment from the west to the east as potential future growth takes shape. The intent is that similar grandfathering would take place in future scenarios as well.
The Sylvania Schools redistricting timeline for a final decision has been changed. On May 8, 2017, the Board of Education decided to take more time than originally planned in order to review information related to the redistricting process.
The Board of Education will have further discussion regarding redistricting at their May 22, 2017, meeting. A vote and final decision concerning redistricting are tentatively scheduled to occur at the June 12, 2017, Board of Education meeting.
On May 1, 2017, the Superintendent’s Task Force voted unanimously to recommend the Hybrid Option to the Sylvania Board of Education. On May 8, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., Sylvania School district leaders will be presenting their blended Hybrid Option as the official recommendation for redistricting to the Board of Education at their regularly scheduled work session. If approved by the Board of Education, this plan will take effect in the 2018-2019 school year. The Board of Education intends to make a final decision at their May 22, 2017, meeting.
Below are important highlights of the redistricting recommendation: