Cornwall Board of Education

A Structured Community Conversation

Part 2 – Problem Analysis

  1. Identified Area of Focus – what is the critical topic or issue identified from the first session?

  1. What is the underlying issue?  What is the defining issue – stated in a way that can lead to further action?

  1. What are the underlying facts/supporting evidence? Can we confirm that the underlying assumptions are true?

  1. What are some possible solutions?  What might be done to solve the problem or make progress towards one?


Area of Focus One:

1. Identified Area of Focus:  Need to maintain a quality educational experience for Cornwall students.

2. What is the underlying issue?

3. What are the underlying facts/supporting evidence?

Area of Focus Two:  

  1. Identified Area of Focus:  Concern about the affordability of a quality public education

2. What is the underlying issue?

3. What are the underlying facts/supporting evidence?

  1. What are some possible solutions?

Criteria for decision making – does the proposed solution:

  1. Build allow more affordable housing to attract young families – buy and modify existing homes.  30
  2. Exploring multiple building uses – rev. generating options.
  3. Join with another school to form a K-4/5-8 configuration. 15
  4. Use of other spaces in the school for other purposes (business coop space – work on summer camps – drug prevent – elder care/day care) 21
  5. Lots of wonderful local talent who are members of this community – draw them in to help the school/students  3
  6. Region one 1 wide committee to study the issue and the facilities – enough kids throughout -bring them together Form a regional middle school  19
  7. Actively recruit parents with/for reduced tuition students.  10
  8. Become a school that excels in something particular as a “magnet” for other students (sustainability, STEM, Science, STEAM, ARTS). 23
  9. Highlight the positives of CCS and the community – being more positive about the town and making it stronger – a vision for the future 21
  10. Work to reduce the anti business climate and rethink zoning practices 26
  11. Offering unusual extra-curricular activities to middle school students (clubs, skiing, robotics) 12

  1. Researching what drives parents to choose to not send their children to CCS or to leave town 9
  2. Personalized learning and programs – basics plus 6
  3. Continue extend marketing and outreach to young people 14
  4. Live work and artist community 1
  5. Offering pre-k or pre-k3/4 to bring more children in. 7
  6. Free childcare offered by elders – during the school day 0
  7. Becoming a sanctuary town 5
  8. Promote the idea of maintaining the building and base population regardless of the number of students 8

Next Session – Step Three – Decision Analysis and Planning