Revised wording and all, it looks like the floodgates will be opened to approve requests by families to get into and out of year-round schools this fall.
As noted in today's article, Supt. Del Burns said changing the wording in the resolution from "there will be no" MYR to "every effort will be made to eliminate" MYR doesn't impact the proposal staff made Tuesday.
Under the plan, all applications would be accepted during next month’s application period unless special education requirements can’t be met at the requested school. Crowding wouldn’t be used as a factor in limiting placement of students.
"We've effectively ended mandatory year-round," said school board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman in the article.
Staff is expecting a big increase in the number of year-round calendar applications approved. They're not so much anticipating an increase in traditional-calendar requests.
One of the touchier aspects of the changes is the staff recommendation to reassign more than 400 year-round application students to other year-round schools. The goal is to free up seats for the expected increased demand at Carpenter, Durant Road, Heritage, Morrisville and Oak Grove elementary schools and Heritage Middle.
The prospect of moving students worried some board members. But Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney said it needed to be done or else those schools would be very overcrowded from the increased number of application students
“There will be some crowding in the schools but without these changes there would be more crowding at the indicated schools," Dulaney told the board.
Dulaney said the moves are proposed independent of whatever school conversions are made, which would likely trigger additional moves.
School board member Deborah Prickett asked if they could delay the reassignments until after the board decides on calendar conversions for next school year. But Dulaney said he needs approval on Feb. 2 in order to know what calendar options to list when the applications go live Feb. 8.
Burns also said delaying adoption of the moves would make it harder to determine enrollment projections for schools next year. Those projections help determine staffing levels.
Click here for the handout from Tuesday's meeting. It details how staff will handle application requests and the application nodes facing reassignment.