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?

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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