We've addressed nearly all of those challenges with the revised draft at the link below. As we consider the pros and cons of such changes and prepare to make a recommendation to the School Board, we seek input and feedback about the gains students could realize from the shift and the challenges we would need to plan for.
The revised draft, along with an overview of the gains and challenges to plan for, can be seen here: Slideshow: http://tinyurl.com/y2gr383m , Document: http://tinyurl.com/y57jspk9
We've created a form for input and feedback (http://tinyurl.com/y2sgmluq). Please don't hesitate to reach out to your school principal or district administrators with questions, and please also know there will be another public comment period at the May School Board meeting. (Wednesday May 15th, 6:30 PM at Leonard Middle School).
Extra-Curricular Benefits*Transportation available for all students for extra-curricular activities -eases burdens on families and provides equity -enables shifting some extra-curricular activities out of the school day, protecting cord academic time*Opens a before-school scheduling option for LMS and OTHS activities -(helping busy kids to manage schedules and providing before-school access to in-demand facilities for teams/coaches)
Miscellaneous Benefits*Savings identified through the transportation bid and from targeted state funds can be redeployed to services for students*Provides a structured time at each grade span when partner services such as counselors/specialists, community organizations, and pre-service educators can offer activities to students, knowing they all have transportation*Some potential to reduce traffic congestion on Stillwater Avenue and alleviate crowding on our most-full buses*Additional hours leads to more stability for our cadre of bus drivers
Things to Plan For*Staffing plan for the times shown in green on the sketch, for coordination, communication with families, and providing the offerings. Some of this will be done through differentiated schedules, some will be done through additional hours or stipend opportunities for current staff using redeployed transportation funds.*Coordination with bus drivers of the routes where students may be; some students that typically ride one bus run may need the other bus run on certain days.*Coordination of the # of times early release for athletics may disrupt the school day.*Anticipation of slightly more early dismissals for medical appointments.*Planning for the few United Technologies Center students who have a morning session.*School-day schedule adjustments, especially at Old Town High School.*Planning to minimize competition/overlap in the newly-opened time slot.*Planning for increased staff coverage needs as more students participate in extra-curricular activities.