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Redistricting Info

UPDATED: JUNE 22, 2017

The FINAL 2018-19 REDISTRICTING RECOMMENDATION was formally adopted by the Sylvania Schools Board of Education on June 12, 2017.

 

 

UPDATED: June 7, 2017

*at the Request of the Board of Education

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.

Why were certain neighborhoods or areas moved out of one school and others were moved into that school?

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:

  • Balancing of Northview and Southview enrollment was affected in our redistricting process due to having 4 elementary schools (Highland, Maplewood, Hill View and Whiteford) feeding to Northview and 3 elementary schools (Central Trail, Stranahan, and Sylvan) feeding to Southview.
  • In concert with the above-described enrollment goals, student enrollment has to shift to Sylvan and Stranahan to move more students to these buildings who would then attend Southview to balance Northview and Southview enrollments.
  • 60-70 students were moved from Central Trail to Sylvan to keep these students in the Southview feeder pattern from neighborhoods such as Oak Creek and Sylvan Lakes.  Central Trail gained 15-20 students from Stranahan to more efficiently transport the impacted area to the appropriate school as well to provide additional space at Stranahan for students being moved from Whiteford to Stranahan. This impacted area included neighborhoods east of McCord in between St. James subdivision and the expressway and already has buses from Central Trail nearby.
  • 50-60 students were moved from the Parklands and Country Walk/Meadow subdivisions in the Maplewood school district to Sylvan to shift these students into the Southview feeder pattern, more efficiently transport these students by bus, and to create space at Maplewood for an estimated 40-50 students from Grove Bel in the Highland district.
  • A small portion of the Hill View area was moved to Whiteford to shift more students to Whiteford and to more efficiently transport these students by bus as well.
  • In helping to better balance enrollment from North to South, we were able to gain additional classroom space at Whiteford Elementary.  With the district looking to expand our preschool programming, especially in the eastern portion of our district where Whiteford is located, we will be exploring the possibility of building a more expanded Head Start Preschool and locating this at Whiteford Elementary.

 

Why is it so important educationally to build and expand our direct feeder pattern model that is already in place at many of our buildings?

Sylvania Schools will remain committed to and plans to build upon our direct feeder pattern model for the following specific reasons:

  • This model meets district goals to increase student academic achievement.
  • Strengthen curriculum and intervention/enrichment planning,
  • Continues to provide for consistent academic standards and performance benchmarks to be used across the district.
  • This model provides for more efficient school and teacher level communication and aligning extra-curricular activities and athletics
  • On the social and emotional front, keeping consistent friendships helps students to focus on their academic goals and growth when progressing to a new grade level building.

 

How has proximity been taken into consideration and what challenges came with this in regards to the suggested boundary line changes in the latest recommendation to the board?

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.  

 

With the recommended changes how will transportation be adjusted in order to keep efficiency and travel time as priorities?
  • The Transportation Department’s main goal as we plan for the 2018-2019 school year will be to focus on the amount of time students spend on their bus at all levels.
  • We will shorten this time both by taking a look at all of our routes to find efficiencies and also by studying the location and number of stops each bus makes throughout its route.  

 

Can you explain more how the district sees the new Incremental Redistricting Policy being formed and better describe how often it will take place?
  • The district will develop a new redistricting policy for the future throughout the 2017-2018 school year.  This policy will be put into place to establish a continual and consistent process for evaluating student enrollment and community growth trends if needed.  
  • Redistricting will only take place with this change, if and when needed.

 

In allowing the current recommended grandfathering plan, what will be the true impact of redistricting over time for Sylvania Schools?

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.

 

UPDATED: MAY 23, 2017

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.

UPDATED: MAY 11, 2017

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.

UPDATED: May 5, 2017

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:

  • Current grade configurations will remain intact for Sylvania Schools at all current school buildings (7 elementary schools (Grades K-5), 3 junior high schools (Grades 6-8) and 2 high schools (grades 9-12)
  • Boundary maps have been revised and redesigned meeting the goal of balancing enrollment across the district
  • K-12 direct feeder patterns and keeping students together as much as possible were achieved
  • Opportunities for future growth in preschool programming for the district were gained
  • Grandfathering and Open Enrollment recommendations are included in this presentation
  • Transition planning is outlined