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1 1 Building Use Study Plattsburgh City School District Presentation to the Board January 9, 2014 Castallo and Silky- Education Consultants Bill Silky and Phil Martin, Consultants

2 Purpose of Study 1.Given the practical capacities of the existing schools and in light of future enrollment projections, is it feasible to reduce the number of operating school buildings and continue to maintain the quality of the educational program? If so, how might the buildings best be utilized and what might the fiscal implications be? If not, what building modifications, if any, should be made, and why? 2.Is it feasible to relocate district office functions to another school building? If so, what are the options for their relocation? 2 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

3 Acknowledgements Jake Short, Jay Lebrun, and Dawn Stetz The school principals Claudine Selzer and Norbert Neiderer The Advisory Committee Members (David Coryer, John Haubner, Scott Beebie, Paul Grasso, Walter Chmura, Christina Coryea, Mary Lou Megarr, Ben Wright, Carrie Zales, Mike Haley, Amy Senecal The Board of Education 3 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

4 Findings 1.Except for special education students, all students walk to school or are transported by their parents. 2.K-12 enrollment has declined by 1.9% over the past five years, from 1,833 to 1,799 3.K-12 enrollment is projected to increase by 3.2% over the next five years, to 1, K-5 enrollment has increased by 1.3% over the past five years, from 829 to K-5 enrollment is projected to increase by 8.0% over the next five years to Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

5 Findings 6.Middle school enrollment has declined by 4.4% over the past five years, from 408 to Middle school enrollment is projected to remain stable for three years, then increase to 410 in seven years. 8.High school enrollment has declined by 4.5% over the past five years, from 596 to High school enrollment is projected to decline to 538 in three years, but then increase to 557 in seven years. 5 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

6 Enrollment History & Projections 6 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

7 Findings 10.The instructional program is somewhat comparable across the elementary schools; 7 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

8 8 Core Academics

9 9 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants Special Area Subjects

10 Findings 11.Elementary student that attend Bailey and Oak perform slightly better than those attending Momot on state tests. This is likely due to socio-economic differences in families served. 10 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

11 A Measure of Family Poverty 11 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

12 Findings 12.Since nearly all K-12 students walk or are driven by their parents daily to their respective schools, transportation concerns are not an issue related to this study. 13.All buildings in the district need structural improvement. 12 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

13 Findings 13 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

14 Findings 14. Over the next five years the three elementary schools will need the same number of classrooms as this year, but no more than this year. 14 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

15 Findings 15.Except for Stafford Middle School, school parking areas are adequate for current use. 16.Relocating students to Bailey or Stafford would require additional parking. 17.The boundaries of Stafford Middle School do not permit the construction of additional parking. 15 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

16 Findings 18.Construction of additional classrooms at Bailey may require acquisition of park property from the City. 19.The legality of acquiring park property from the City is uncertain, even if the City is willing to release the property. 20.Additional classrooms at Bailey could present safety concerns regarding the increased influx of vehicles at the beginning and end of the school day. 16 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

17 Findings 21. Closing Oak and relocating the students to Bailey would result in an estimated staff savings of $190, Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

18 Findings 22.Closing Oak and maintaining it at minimal heat and light would result in an estimated annual savings of $50, The estimated annual debt service cost of a twenty classroom addition to Bailey is approximately $100,000 per year for twenty years. 18 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

19 Findings 24.The estimated annual savings for selling the Duken building or swapping it with the City for a segment of park land adjacent to Bailey Avenue Elementary School is $84, Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

20 Findings 25.There is sufficient space in the high school and middle school to accommodate district office functions. 20 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

21 Options: Advantages & Disadvantages 21 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

22 Options 22 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants 1.Continue current grade and building configuration 2.Keep all classroom buildings open; relocate district office functions to middle/high schools; sell, lease, or maintain Duken building 3.Sell Duken or swap for city park property; close Oak; construct 20-classroom addition to Bailey; relocate district office functions to middle/high schools, or Oak, or Bailey; sell, lease, or maintain Oak 4. Construct 8-classroom addition to Bailey; close Oak; reconfigure grade alignment to PK-4, 5-8, 9-12; realign attendance zone with one-quarter of Bailey to Momot; relocate district office functions to Oak or Middle/High Schools

23 Option 1 Continue current grade and building configuration 23 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants AdvantagesDisadvantages Keeps all classroom buildings open to accommodate possible enrollment increase; Permit lease of individual rooms within Duken building as a revenue source; Maintain an asset (the Duken building) that may be needed in the future by the district; and Avoids any negative reaction to change Does not make efficient use of current building space except for lease of individual rooms at Duken Does not reduce operational costs No benefit from possible revenue from the sale of a building (Duken).

24 Option 2 Keep all classroom buildings open; relocate district office functions to middle/high schools; sell, lease, or maintain Duken building 24 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants AdvantagesDisadvantages Keeps all classroom buildings open to accommodate projected enrollment increase; Increases efficiency of space utilization if Duken is sold or leased; If Duken is sold, an annual operational savings of approximately $71,825 - $84,600 is generated (current assessed valuation of Duken is $1,879,200); Saves approximately 1% on the tax levy; Cost of renovating high and middle school is absorbed by saving due to Duken closing; Provides opportunity to lease Duken; Maintains Duken if needed in the future; and Avoids any negative reaction to change in student building assignments Diminishes communication effectiveness among district office personnel associated with relocation of various functions to non- contiguous rooms within the high school and middle school; Reduces available classroom space at the middle school and high school should student enrollment increase substantially; and Removes a potential long-term asset should the Duken building be sold.

25 Option 3 25 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants Sell the Duken building or swap it for a segment of park land near the Bailey Avenue Elementary School, close Oak Street Elementary School, construct an addition to Bailey Avenue Elementary School, and relocate district office functions to the addition at Bailey Avenue Elementary School, or to the Oak Street building, or to a combination of the high school and middle school.

26 Option 4 Construct 8-classroom addition to Bailey; close Oak; reconfigure grade alignment to PK-4, 5-8, 9-12; realign attendance zone with one-quarter of Bailey to Momot; relocate district office functions to Oak or Middle/High Schools This option is not feasible because: 1- A lack of instructional classroom space for additional grade and lack of parking space. Assessment of possible space availability at Stafford finds that a maximum of six classrooms could be made available. Over the next seven years a minimum of seven to eight classrooms would be necessary for the building to serve grades The parking lot is inadequate to accommodate staff currently, with no room for expansion. Accordingly, the lot could not accommodate increased staff for a 5-8 middle school. 26 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

27 Recommendation We recommend that the Board of Education work with district administration to relocate the district office functions currently located in the Duken building to the high school and middle school for the school year. As soon as possible, a plan for distribution of these offices between both secondary buildings should be crafted by the Superintendent and his staff. The following floor plans provide possible locations at both Stafford Middle School and Plattsburgh High School for district offices. These might serve as a beginning basis for discussion. 27 Castallo & Silky-Education Consultants

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