Bozeman School District #7

April 2018

High School Transition Committee Information

Background:

In May 2017, Bozeman voters approved the construction of a second high school.  The new high school will cost approximately $93M.  Construction started in March 2018 and will continue over the next two years.  The new high school will open Fall 2020.  In addition to the construction of the new high school, voters also approved resources for the remodel and renovation of the existing Bozeman High School.  It is anticipated that majority of the building construction on this renovation will begin in 2020 and is expected to be completed by 2022.

Enrollment:

Current enrollment at BHS is 2200 students and expected to grow to 2400 in the next two years.  The new high school has been designed for 1500 students.  The remodel/renovation of the existing high school will create a school for 1500 students.  There is currently space for 2400 students at the existing high school.

Academic Programming:

A separate committee has been working on the recommendations for the academic program for both future high schools.  This committee is making decisions on academic program, school schedule and graduations requirements.  Decisions on these important issues will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees by Fall 2018.


Responsibilities of the Transition Committee:

The Transition Committee is charged with making recommendations to the Board of Trustees for final determination.  Here is a list of issues that will be discussed.*

  1. A plan for when and how grade levels will be split to accomplish equitable enrollment at each school. (Target decision date: Fall 2018)

  1. A recommendation for high school attendance areas using the following criteria:

· Community and neighborhood growth.

· Keeping neighborhoods together whenever possible.

· School demographics and socioeconomic status.

· Safe routes to school, considering major roads and direct routes for buses.

· Maintaining contiguous boundaries; not creating islands whenever possible.

        (Target decision date: Spring 2019)

  1. A recommendation for School Name, School Colors and Mascot, pursuant to District Policy and Procedures 9250 and 9250P.

        (Target decision date: Spring 2019)

*This list is tentative as there may be more items as the committee discussions progresses.  Items 2 and 3 may be discussed concurrently.

Transition Committee Decision Process:

The Bozeman School District uses a facilitated consensus process for most all committee work.  Committee members will be trained on this procedure prior to making any decisions.  Consensus requires full participation of all committee members.  In addition to background information, committee members will be given an opportunity to ask clarifying questions and discuss best and worst outcomes before decisions are made.  The committee will seek to achieve consensus, rather than a unanimous decision.

Periodically, throughout the process, BSD7 Administration will facilitate community input sessions where consensus topics will be discussed and the larger community will be given an opportunity to provide input before final consensus decisions are made.

All committee recommendations will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for final decision.

Meetings and Timeline:

The committee will meet on June 4, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at the Willson Building

Future meeting dates and times will be discussed at the first meeting.  The committee will meet periodically in May / Early June and then take a hiatus for the summer months.

The committee will reconvene in the Fall 2018.  It is anticipated that the committee will continue to meet throughout the 2018/19 school year with meetings to occur as needed, could be as many as twice per month.  More frequent meetings may be needed, periodically, to meet recommendation timelines for the Board of Trustees.

Committee Membership:

BSD7 Administration would like to engage a broad audience and representation for these important decisions. It is intended that the committee will include parents, teachers, administrators, school board, students and other community members.  The committee size will be approximately 40 individuals.  There was an application process that was used to solicit representation from a variety of neighborhoods and schools.


Transition Committee Application:

Application collection closed on May 1, 2018.  Those selected for the committee will be notified by the second week of May.


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