Wednesday, February 25, 2009

School Board votes 4-3 for Plan I with modification

PLAN I modified to PLAN 1.B
Bingham, Carson, and Putney vote for Plan II.
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Raleigh Court and William Ruffner will be closed – both (especially Raleigh Court) require expensive costly HVAC maintenance and roof replacement
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Instead of splitting Raleigh Court between two schools – attendance zones will be drawn to divide Raleigh Court students between Fishburn and Grandin. According to School Superintendent Rita Bishop, this will be a very “surgical” exercise and no easy task. Though it keeps students in the same school through the elementary grades it will divide in such a way that children on one side of a street will go to one school and other side to another. Their could be childhood friends going to different schools.
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Ruffner Middle School has 354 students and would move to Addison and Breckenridge. Students wanting to take advantage of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) at Breckenridge designed for students ages 11 to 16 would have this school option available to them. Voting for this plan was: Suzanne Moore, Courtney Penn, Mae Huff, and Lori Vaught .
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Previous PLAN I:
Raleigh Court K-2 would move to Fishburn with grades 3 through 5 moving to Grandin. Both Fishburn and Grandin have an equal capacity of 480 students. The move would bring Fishburn to 374 students and Grandin to 376 student.

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Carol Brash, Past President Central PTA and current Central PTA member was a supporter of PLAN II, the more radical plan. Following the vote Brash said though PLAN II was the more disruptive plan for students it would be a “one time” event. In contrast the plan adopted (PLAN 1.B) while less disruptive would lead to further disruption for the students when the attendance zone lines are redrawn – a plan currently in the works. Brash was in favor of ONE change versus TWO changes asserting that ONE big final change is better then multiple changes. She also asserted that several School Board members backed off their support of Plan II and in her words, “chickened out.”

PLAN II was favored by Superindendent Rita Bishop, School Board Chairman, David Carson, and members, Jason Bingham and Todd Putney:
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Takes all of PLAN I and creates ONE middle school per “quadrant” of the city.

Northwest Quadrant: Ruffner moves to Addison
Northeast Quadrant: Breckenridge
Southeast Quadrant: Stonewall Jackson
Southwest Quadrant: Madison and Woodrow Wilson
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Woodrow Wilson would be repurposed to house Fishburn and Raleigh Court elementary schools. Move Monterey to Fairview. Merge 4 Plato Centers. Fishburn and Raleigh into Highland. James Madison would be a middle school with 899 students. Fishburn Park would house 6th grade

ELL (English Language Learners) will be located at Stonewall Jackson.

SAVINGS PLAN I – per Curt Baker

Raleigh Court – $750,000 (personnel) & $400,000 (building)
Ruffner Middle – $1.75 Million (personnel) & $400,000 (building) & $1.2 Million in “cost avoidance”
TOTAL: $3.3 million

SAVINGS PLAN II .
All of Plan I plus one (1) more middle school $500,000 to $900,000 in personnel with cost of repurposing Woodrow Wilson as an elementary school estimated at $80,000.
TOTAL: $3.72 to $4.1 million

Posted By Valerie Garner

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