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1 Elk Island Public Schools 2014-2015 Fort Saskatchewan Boundary ReviewNew K-9 SchoolElk Island Public Schools
2 What is a boundary review? A boundary review is a process by which the division reviews school boundaries to determine the best possible use of facilities and programming.This review has been identified as a priority by the Board of Trustees in preparation for the new K-9 school being built in Fort Saskatchewan.
3 Purpose of the boundary review To create a school boundary for the new K-9 school opening in Fort Saskatchewan.To determine the best possible use of facilities and programming.To ensure facilities and resources are used efficiently for the maximum benefit of students.To create transportation efficiencies (number of buses, bus capacity, and ride times) where possible.Introductions:
4 Schools Potentially Impacted Fort Saskatchewan Elementary (K-6)James Mowat Elementary (K-6)Win Ferguson Elementary (K-6)Rudolph Hennig Junior High (7-9)
5 Schools Not Impacted in the Boundary Review École Parc Élémentaire (K-6)Fort Saskatchewan Christian (K-9)Fort Saskatchewan High (10-12)Next Step Senior High – Fort Saskatchewan (10-12)Surrounding schools in Strathcona County or Lamont CountyFrench Immersion boundaries are not part of this review. Alternative Christian and Outreach programs (FSC and FSO) do not have boundaries.The boundary lines of Bruderheim School, École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary, and Ardrossan Junior Senior High will NOT change as a result of this review.
6 Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Map – Current Elementary Schools (urban area) Red dotted line circle indicates location of the new K-9 school
7 Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Map – Current Elementary Schools (rural area) Red star indicates location of the new K-9 schoolA portion of the rural area around Ft Sask is also designated to attend a Ft Sask school (currently FSE and RHJ). These boundary areas may also change; however the following elementary boundary lines will not change. The line between:FSE/BRUFSE/AEL
8 Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Map – Current Junior High Schools (urban area) Red dotted line circle indicates location of the new K-9 schoolCurrently, all junior high students in Fort Saskatchewan area designated to the same school – Rudolph Hennig
9 Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Map – Current Junior High Schools (rural area) Red star indicates location of the new K-9 schoolAgain, a portion of the rural area around Ft Sask is also designated to attend a Ft Sask school (currently FSE and RHJ). These boundary areas may also change; however the following junior high boundary lines will not change. The lines between:RHJ/LHSRHJ/AJS
10 Fort Saskatchewan Boundary Map – Current Senior High Schools Red dotted line circle indicates location of the new K-9 schoolCurrently, all senior high students in Fort Saskatchewan area designated to the same school – Fort High. This boundary line will NOT change as the new school is only K-9
11 Working AssumptionsRecommendations that are brought to the Board will not increase the division’s operating costs.Board approved recommendations resulting from this project will be implemented once the new school opens – scheduled for September 2016.EIPS encourages families to enroll their children at their designated school as all schools in the division provide quality educational programming.Through the boundary exemption process, the division recognizes some individual student needs may be best addressed at a non-designated school.
12 Working Assumptions (con’t) Any boundary changes will:Not cause schools to exceed their optimal enrolment limits (OEL) nor be impacted by significant declines in enrolment.Where possible, direct busing of students will be favoured.
13 In Scope What will change: Attendance boundaries What might change: Busing routesSchool start and finish timesLocation of EIPS System Special Education ProgramsWe know elementary and junior high boundaries WILL change as we need to draw a new boundary for the new K-9 school.Other things that MIGHT change could be:Bus routesSchool start and finish timesThe locations of EIPS System Special Education ProgramsWFG currently offers: PALS, LINKS,RHJ currently offers: LINKSNotes about Special Ed programsWe do not want to change our System Special Education programs any more than we have to. Depending on where it is feasible and realistic to redraw boundary lines and where students of various ages/grades live in and around Fort Saskatchewan, it may make sense to move the location of one or more of these programs to even out the utilization of all Fort Saskatchewan schools as much as possible.If one or more new boundary map options brought forward for consideration involves moving a System Special Education program, these families will be a key stakeholder group involved in the consultation.
14 Out of Scope What will not change: Location of the EIPS French Immersion program (École Parc Élémentaire).Location of Alternative Christian and Next Step Outreach programs.No Fort Saskatchewan schools will be closed as a result of this boundary review.
15 How are we going to do this important work? Sharing information and gathering feedback through school council meetings and an online survey (Phase 1 of public consultation).Presenting boundary map options at Open Houses to gather public feedback through a paper and online survey (Phase 2 of public consultation).Bringing forward a recommendation to the Board for their consideration.
16 Who will be making the decisions? The Board of Trustees is responsible for making the final decision on the recommendations.The Board will be observing the consultation process and will be updated frequently.The Board will be using a sustainable decision- making model.
18 Project Timeline January-February 2015 February-March Gathering input from school community members at school council meetings.Interested staff, parents, and community members provide input through an online survey.Gathering naming suggestions for the new school.February-MarchReviewing the information collected at school council meetings and posting a summary on the division website.Redrawing boundary lines, reviewing transportation implications, and developing options.Jan-Feb: Phase 1 of public consultation – feedback on criteria, naming suggestionsThe Board has requested to complete the consultation on naming of the new school at the same time as the boundary review processFeb-Mar: internal work
19 Project Timeline (con’t) March-AprilOpen Houses: presenting best options and key information for public feedback and receiving feedback on the strengths and challenges of each option.Gathering community feedback on shortlisted school name suggestions.MayAnalysis of all information and feedback collected.Refining of boundary options as required.June 2015Recommendation of new boundaries is presented to the Board of Trustees.Mar-Apr: Phase 2 of public consultation – open houses, second step of naming processMay: internal analysis and final report prepJune: Recommendation comes to Board on the new school boundaries and the school name.
20 Enrolment and Optimal Enrolment Limits of Potentially Affected EIPS Schools (2013/2014 Numbers) Alberta Infrastructure Capacity(Feb 2014)Optimal Enrolment Limit (OEL) (15-16)Fort Saskatchewan Elementary (K-6)401400380James Mowat Elementary (K-6)355379Win Ferguson Elementary (K-6)471416Rudolph Hennig Junior High (7-9)432620500New School (K-9)Opening capacity of 500Notes about these numbers:Enrolment numbers reflect September 30, 2014 student countsThe newest Alberta Infrastructure capacities we have are from February We will not receive updated numbers for the current year until February The numbers in this column may not necessarily reflect adjusted capacities for schools that recently received additional modulars.Alberta Infrastructure & Alberta Education use a specific formula factoring in a number of components in order to calculate this capacity and a school’s utilization. They are looking at revising this formula, but right now it is largely based on square metres in a school (not necessarily teaching space)Optimal enrolment limits are a pre-determined, maximum number of students that can be registered at a school, grade, or program to ensure high-quality learning conditions. This number is determined at the LOCAL LEVEL. In establishing a school’s optimal enrolment limit, consideration is given to the following factors:Alberta Education’s average class size guidelines;the number and physical dimensions of the instructional spaces;the type of programming offered in the instructional space; andthe potential for residential growth within the attendance area.In developing and analyzing boundary options, any projected changes to a school’s enrolment will also be analyzed in terms of the impact on utilization and how the projected enrolment compares to the optimal enrolment limit.
21 Phase 1 of public consultation So…we’re looking for your inputPhase 1 of public consultation
22 In Redrawing Boundary Lines Criteria to be considered:Keeping communities and sub-divisions together;Length of bus rides times, number of buses, and associated costs;Use major roads and highways as natural breaks, where possible;Physical proximity to school;Maintaining a feeder school framework, where possible.So at this point, we are looking for your input:Any time we have reviewed boundaries in the division, we have considered a specific list of criteria.The majority of these criteria have come from multiple prior consultation processes we have conducted on school boundaries in various areas of EIPS. You may remember this list from the Fort Sask boundary review conducted inThese criteria are: (listed on slide)
23 Your InputAs we continue our work in redrawing Fort Saskatchewan boundary lines, what things would you like us not to lose sight of?Do we need to add/remove any criteria we will use to draft new boundary map options?Are there any other considerations?Naming suggestions for the new school.Starting the week of January 26, we will have an online survey posted on the division website through which we will be collecting your feedback on these criteria.As we work through this boundary review, what should we not lose sight of?Do we need to add/remove any criteria we will use to draft new boundary map options?Are there any other considerations?In this survey, we will also be collecting suggestions for a name for our new K-9 school.This is the first phase of the public consultation component of this boundary review. The survey will remain open until February 28. This full presentation will also be posted on the website if you’d like to take another look through the information.We encourage you to encourage other parents and community members to get involved and share their input.
24 Next StepsEIPS will:Analyze feedback gathered during this first phase of the process – online survey.Shortlist new school name suggestions.Begin to redraw boundary lines and explore options.Circulate map options and naming suggestions for further feedback as part of the second phase of the consultation – open houses.Recommendations will go to the Board at the June public meeting.