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1 Danbury Board of Education July 27, 2011 Space Challenges

2 Three-Year Enrollment Increase: , , ,381

3 2011 – 2012 Enrollment Projections K-5 should remain at approximately 5,220. However, this is 258 (+5%) students over the enrollment projection by an external demographer 6-8 will increase by approximately 70 students : 2, : 2, should remain at approximately 2,890

4 39%: Students Who Move In and Out of Our Schools Annually

5 Class Size Targets for : 25/ : 25/125 K-1: 222-5: targets by grade clusters

6 Space Challenge Considerations We are continuing to follow the recommendations that were reviewed with the Board of Education The greatest enrollment challenge as of today is at grade three The enrollment numbers are extremely volatile and will continue to change daily Our 39% mobility rate contributes to the challenges The professional demographers were not completely accurate

7 REMEMBER– cutting below the cuts that were made last year. Very Important All other programs for students, parents and staff and items related to the operation and maintenance of the district Top Priority Initiatives required by law Mission Critical The critical programs at the most basic level of the Board's mission Address student support, supplemental and extra curricular programs, operations, supplies, materials, equipment, adult development, outreach, etc. Maintain instructional programs per state law 10-16b, implement mandated programs, provide the minimum programming for graduation requirements and meet contractual obligations At all costs, maintain support for reading, writing and mathematics instruction

8 Budget Presentation Excerpts and Space Challenge Considerations Place a moratorium on technology equipment expansion Delay graduation requirements Reallocate existing staff and resources wherever possible to meet basic operational needs Continue to aggressively pursue cost containment and saving measures

9 Space Challenge Considerations Review of Space Study Recommendations to address enrollment challenges Review of Yellow and Red School Enrollment Data challenge sheet Review of Art and Music locations by school

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14 Space Challenge Considerations: Short Term Continue to monitor enrollments throughout the summer with principals and secretaries In situations in which there is already an enrollment concern, e.g. Shelter Rock we will: Freeze permissive transfers Not allow that school to be a “receiving Choice school” Any new registrations will be assigned to a “sister school” which has lower enrollment and close proximity for a period of one year

15 Space Challenge Considerations: Long Term Conduct a redistricting study in those schools in which there is significant overcrowding and make recommendation to the BOE by the first Board Meeting in September 2011 In conjunction with the 2020 Committee explore the use of MRI as either a third middle school or a new K-5 school


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