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Title: GrotonDunstable Regional School District


1
Groton-Dunstable Regional School District
  • School Committee Meeting
  • Wednesday February 6, 2008

2
District Vision
  • The Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in
    cooperation with the community is committed to
    excellence and high academic achievement. We are
    an educational community dedicated to an
    environment of collaboration, trust, mutual
    respect and appreciation of all individuals. We
    promote in each student a spirit of inquiry and
    instill a self-sustaining desire for continuous
    growth and service to self, family and community.

3
Essential Question
  • Can we utilize staff and facilities in a more
    efficient manner in delivering programs and
    services to students and save money while doing
    so?

4
Activity to Date
  • 4 Meetings with the Administrative Team
  • 3 Meetings with the Elementary Principals
  • 3 Meetings with the Prescott Staff
  • 1 Meeting with Prescott Parents
  • 1 Meeting with Flo Ro Staff
  • 1 Meeting with Flo Ro Parents
  • 1 Meeting with SU Staff
  • 1 Meeting with SU Parents
  • Review with School Committee 2/6/08

5
Present Situation
  • Retiring Principal
  • Declining Enrollment FTF III
  • Financial Limitations
  • Obligation to Operate Efficiently
  • Empty Classrooms
  • Updating and Reorganizing the Shared School Zone

6
Elementary Enrollment History
7
Declining Enrollment
8
Projected Elementary Enrollment
9
Financial Limitations
10
  • …to stop defending the status quo and find ways
    to bring outsized budget increases back into line
    with realistic town revenue growth projections.
  • The Groton Finance Committee, Jay M. Prager, Ann
    F. Walsh, Peter DiFranco, Michael Flynn,
    Gerogiana Cochran, Thomas Sangiolo, Heidi Collins

11
  • …these discussions, the FY08 budget maintain the
    organizational status quo without adding any
    fundamental new academic or cost saving
    initiatives.
  • The Groton Finance Committee, Jay M. Prager, Ann
    F. Walsh, Peter DiFranco, Michael Flynn,
    Gerogiana Cochran, Thomas Sangiolo, Heidi Collins

12
  • Control our own destiny
  • Look at doing things differently
  • Obligation to utilize staff and facilities
    efficiently

13
Prescott History
  • Built in 1927 to serve as town high school
  • Housed administrative offices
  • Junior high school
  • Various ranges of elementary grades
  • Some years single grade levels

14
Future Uses
  • Administrative Offices
  • Maintenance Area
  • GDYBL After School Basketball Programs
  • Special Education Collaborative
  • Conference Center
  • Community College/University Satellite
  • Employee Day Care
  • After School Programs

15
Inefficiency in Student Services
(continued)
16
Inefficiency in Student Services (continued)
17
Efficiency in Student Services
18
Savings in Staff by Reallocating Students
  • .8 Principal 77,000
  • .2 Guidance 19,100
  • .85 Secretary (benefits) 45,000
  • .86 Nurse (benefits) 58,415
  • 1.5 Custodians ( benefits) 72,214
  • Crossing Guard 3,500
  • 1.0 Library/Computer 22,100
  • Total estimated savings is 297,329 35,000 in
    utilities 332,329

19
  • Some Ideas Explored…..

20
Moving the Early Childhood Ctr. to
  • Prescott, Florence Roche or the High School
  • Any move has the following
  • Benefit
  • Close the Boutwell Building to save 20,000 in
    the cost of utilities and a ½ Time custodian
  • Issues
  • No other staff savings as all other staff are
    required by DOE regulation or are related to
    services being delivered through IEPs
  • Potential Loss of Revenue
  • Relocation of District-wide Summer Program Site

21
Moving ECC to the High School
  • Benefits
  • Availability of student volunteers/interns
  • Issues
  • Cost of reconfiguring building grounds
  • Facilities are designed for adults, no outdoor
    area
  • There in little space currently available due to
    enrollment projection increases
  • Less central location Less desirable for
    tuition paying families

22
Moving ECC to Florence Roche
  • Benefits
  • Program would be in a building with Kindergarten
    (Transitions)
  • Issues
  • Bathrooms location and size of facilities (see
    DOE Early Childhood Program Standards, Area 3
    Physical Environment, Section H pg.16)
  • Space needed for community based programs
    (Parent-Child Group current revenue stream)

23
Moving ECC to Prescott
  • Benefits
  • Central location ease for tuition paying families
    to access (Marketing)
  • Issues
  • Accessibility of 1st floor presently steep
    stairs
  • Outdoor equipment not designed for 3 and 4 year
    old children (see DOE Early Childhood Program
    Standards, Area 3 Physical Environment, Section
    A pg.13)

24
Move Tarbell to Prescott
  • Benefits
  • Save 35,000 in utilities
  • Centralized location for Administrative Offices
  • More space available for files, records, storage
  • Centralize Maintenance Area and bulk supplies
    (school, custodial, maintenance and van supplies)
  • Maintenance workshop
  • Move/relocate District staff to same space
  • Issues
  • Time factor (amount of time to move contents to
    other area schools)
  • Rewiring of phones (using in house staff)
  • Rewiring of computers (using in house staff)
  • Initial 10,000 - 15,000 one time costs

25
Possible Deferred Maintenance Expenditures
  • Acoustical café tiles 8,000
  • Emergency stair replc 38,000
  • Security system 4,000
  • Replace bubblers 1,000
  • Air balancing 3,000
  • Lighting replacement 35,000
  • Total estimated savings is 89,000

26
Possible Deferred Capital Improvements
  • Replacement of HVAC, ventilation supply and
    exhaust system 450,000
  • Architects Fee 120,000
  • Total estimated savings 570,000

27
Additional Factors to be Considered
  • Deferred Capital Expenditures
  • Bussing Efficiency
  • Prescott Debt Assessment
  • Groton 17,000 until retired on 11/15/2015
  • SU Debt Assessments
  • Groton 13,000
  • Dunstable 13,000

28
  • Florence Roche Available Space

29
Florence Roche Elementary Current Enrollment 07-08
  • Total Enrollment 531 Sections
  • Kindergarten 96 5
  • 1st Grade 96 4
  • 2nd Grade 99 4
  • 3rd Grade 124 5
  • 4th Grade 116 5

30
Florence Roche Elementary Projected Enrollment
08-09
  • Projected Enrollment 510 Sections
  • Kindergarten 94 5
  • 1st Grade 99 (5 private) 4
  • 2nd Grade 96 4
  • 3rd Grade 99 4 (
    decreased)
  • 4th Grade 122 5

31
FR ENROLLMENT HISTORY FY02 FY09
  • FY 02 640 29 Sections
  • FY 03 662 29 Sections
  • FY 04 701 31 Sections
  • FY 05 552 25 Sections
  • FY 06 577 26 Sections
  • FY 07 552 26 Sections
  • FY 08 530 23 Sections
  • FY 09 510 22 Sections (projected)
  • 5th grade moved to Middle School

32
Cafeteria Auditorium Capacity
  • Total Building Capacity with Modular's 650
  • Cafeteria max. 175
  • Current highest class size 124 ( room for 51
    more )
  • Currently 4 lunch periods
  • Grade 1, 2, Multi _at_ 1120 - Total 121
    students
  • Grade K 1 _at_ 1145 - Total 113
    students
  • Grade 3 _at_ 1220 - Total 124
  • Grade 4 _at_ 1245 - Total 116
  • Gymnasium/Auditorium max. 300
  • Playground current largest group 124 outside /
    max.250

33
Specials and Space
  • Library max. 2 classes at a time
  • Computer Lab max. 26 students
  • Physical Education to accommodate 2 classes at
    one time, the current OT room could be modified
    to incorporate a heath/fitness component into
    our P.E. classes, also exploring using the MS gym
    or PTYC gym
  • Music 1 class at a time
  • Art 1 class at a time
  • Spanish Teacher will instruct in classrooms

34
Florence Roche Potential Available Space
  • Total 5 rooms available
  • Room 111- Old Spanish Room
  • Room 116- New Spanish Room
  • 1 Portable / 1 Portable for New Special Education
    Program
  • Room 132 Reading room
  • Room 131 Shared Literature Room

35
Potential Space Available
36
Potential Reconfiguration of Classrooms for 08-09
K
K
1
1
K
4
1
4
4
3
4
4
3
2
1/2
2
2
3
1/2
3
37
  • Swallow Union Space Available

38
SU CURRENT ENROLLMENT 07-08
  • Total Enrollment 294 13 Sections
  • Kindergarten 39 2 Sections
  • 1st Grade 50 2 Sections
  • 2nd Grade 74 3 Sections
  • 3rd Grade 69 3 Sections
  • 4th Grade 62 3 sections

39
SU PROJECTED ENROLLMENT 08-09
  • Projected Enrollment 274 12 Sections
  • Kindergarten 40 2 Sections
  • 1st Grade 45 2 Sections
  • 2nd Grade 49 2 Sections
  • 3rd Grade 72 3 Sections
  • 4th Grade 68 3 Sections

40
SU ENROLLMENT HISTORY FY02 FY09
  • FY 02 395 19 Sections
  • FY 03 416 18 Sections
  • FY 04 407 18 Sections
  • FY 05 340 15 Sections
  • FY 06 331 15 Sections
  • FY 07 317 15 Sections
  • FY 08 289 13 Sections
  • FY 09 274 12 Sections (projected)
  • 5th Grade Moved To Middle School

41
SU AVAILABLE SPACE FOR FIVE NEW SECTIONS
  • Five Rooms Available
  • 1. Current K classroom ( lost section last
    year)
  • 2. 1st Grade Classroom ( lost section last
    year)
  • 3. 2nd Grade Classroom ( open due to projected
    low enrollment)
  • 4. Spanish Classroom ( will share with
    music or art room)
  • 5. Conference Room ( will use literacy
    room or room in Union Building for meetings)

42
SU Upper Level
43
SU Lower Level
44
Union Building Lower Level
45
District Unity
  • We are one school district
  • We have talented staff and wonderful students in
    all of our schools
  • The parent support in the district is phenomenal
  • Staff share their talents with each other

46
Elementary Programs and Opportunities
  • Cultural Programs
  • PTA Activities
  • MCAS Afterschool Tutoring
  • In-house Field Trips
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Before and After School Programs
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Plays
  • Outreach Opportunities

47
Elementary Programs and Opportunities (Continued)
  • Multi- age Program A combination of 1st and 2nd
    graders stay with the same teacher for 2 years.
    The multi-age teachers work as a team with all
    students.
  • Looping Looping provides students the
    opportunity to stay with the same teacher for 2
    grade levels.
  • PTA sponsored Cultural Programs Enrichment
    programs and performance that adhere to the
    Massachusetts Frameworks and curriculum. These
    programs provide the students the opportunity to
    experience live performances and theatre in an
    interactive format. Felix Peitre, Ben Franklin,
    Afro Brazilian Martial Arts, Music and Dance,
    Gizmo Guys, Capoeira Program.
  • PTA sponsored Book Fairs PTA sponsored
    Scholastic Book Fairs are brought to our schools
    to promote the love of reading.
  • MCAS Before and Afterschool Tutoring Title one
    funded after-school program.
  • In-house Field Trips Teacher developed in house
    field trips to enhance curriculum.
    Kindergarten Bubble Program/Discovery Museum,
    Nashua River Watershed Program. Grade1
    Drawbridge Theatre, Safety Complex Visit. Grade
    3 Starlab, Boutwell House Visit ,Grade 4 Mad
    about Math, Weatherman Barry Burbank, Author Jana
    Dillion.

48
(Continued)
  • Student Council for 4th Graders Peer leadership
    program monitored through the Guidance Counselor
    to promote positive school culture and empower
    all our students to communicate and implement
    their ideas.
  • Kids Helping Kids Program A new middle school
    mentor program established to give 8th graders
    the opportunity to work with an Elementary
    Teacher one day a week in a classroom.
  • GDRHS Internship Program GDRHS students intern
    with Elementary School Teachers in a variety of
    capacities.
  • Elementary Plays A theatrical performance for
    the Groton Community.
  • The Groton School Internship Program High School
    students from the Groton School work in
    classrooms with Teacher supervision.
  • Field Days Fun filled outside activities to
    support the physical education program and team
    building experiences.
  • Musical Grade Level Concerts Musical
    performances guided by our Music Teacher at each
    grade level.
  • Art Show Student Art work displayed for the
    public.
  • Students Contribute to Senior Citizens Student
    design placemats for the Senior center as well as
    make Holiday Baskets for the elderly

49
(Continued)
  • Loaves and Fishes Students donate money,
    non-perishable foods and toys for Loaves and
    Fishes
  • PTA sponsored events Welcome Back Picnic,
    Holiday Fair, Have a Heart Fundraiser to
    benefit the Community Childrens Fund, Square One
    Art, Turn off your TV week, Used Book Fair, Bike
    Rodeo and Ice Cream Social, Community Reading
    Day, Winter Carnival
  • Field Trips Many field and events are sponsored
    by GDEF and The Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund
  • After School Ski Program
  • After School Enrichment Programs sports,
    cooking, arts and crafts, karate
  • Extended Day Programs Both before and after
    school programs.

50
Events for Parents
  • Monthly Principal Coffee Hours
  • Sped Pac Round table discussions
  • Open House Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Specialist Open House
  • PTA Sponsored Teacher Appreciation Week, Bus
    Driver, Cafeteria Workers, and Custodian
    Breakfasts
  • Volunteer Opportunities in classrooms recess
  • PTA organized Daily Greeting Committee
  • PTA Welcoming Committee

51
Percent of Elementary Students Above Proficient
or Proficient
52
Current Shared Zone
53
Proposed Shared Zone
54
Shared School Zone
55
Next Steps
  • Additional meeting with parents
  • Additional meetings with Administrative Team
  • Additional meetings with Elementary Principals
  • Meetings with Groton Town Officials
  • Meetings with Dunstable Town Officials
  • School Committee Discussions
  • Decision Superintendent? School Committee?

56
Summary
  • Attrition of Principal
  • Declining Enrollment
  • Empty Classrooms
  • Better Utilization of Staff and Facilities
  • Financial Limitations
  • Ability to Defer Some Capital and Maintenance
    Costs

57
Thank You!
  • If you would like to offer a suggestions or
    comment please email to
  • agenovese_at_gdrsd.org
  • Subject Parent Comment
  • Or you may write to us at the following
  • Dr. Alan D. Genovese, Superintendent
  • Groton-Dunstable Regional School Dist.
  • P. O. Box 729
  • Groton, MA 01450
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