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11/8/05
In an effort to reduce projected costs for the 2006-07 year, potential school closings have been studied. The options below require no changes in cluster boundaries and do not require a massive reassignment of portables. It is suggested that a long-term study be undertaken to research the possibilities of shifting some cluster boundaries, resulting in more equitable use of existing MNPS facilities. Additionally, it is suggested that existing magnet/optional school programs be evaluated for their effectiveness and continued operation. After carefully looking at every cluster, and each school within every cluster, the following options are presented for consideration:
Antioch Cluster: No recommended closings
Glencliff Cluster: No recommended closings
Hillsboro Cluster: No recommended closings
Hillwood Cluster: No recommended closings
Hunters Lane Cluster: Gateway can be closed with minimal disruption, and it was not included in the SIP. As a result, its student body is split after the 4th grade between Goodlettsville MS and Brick Church MS. If Gateway is closed, the affected students would be rezoned to Goodlettsville Elementary and Old Center. The current enrollment at Gateway as of the 40th day is 190 students. 70 of those students would be rezoned to Goodlettsville Elementary, increasing the enrollment from 456 to 526. The capacity at GES is 435 students. 95 of the Gateway students would be rezoned to Old Center, increasing the enrollment at Old Center from 300 to 395. Capacity at Old Center is 435 students.
Maplewood Cluster: Consideration was given to possibly closing Glenn and split the students between Shwab and Caldwell. However, Glenn is an enhanced option school, and the facility has a high condition/suitability score. Additionally, Caldwell is newly renovated, and its situation is one of being in flux with the Hope VI opening of new housing in the surrounding area. It is anticipated that Caldwell will fill up within a year as new residents move in.
McGavock Cluster: Consideration was given to closing McGavock Elementary and/or Hermitage. The problem with McGavock Elementary is that there is not a school into which the affected students could enroll without severely overcrowding the receiving school. Hermitage was considered, with a small number of its students being rezoned to Hickman, and a larger number of students being rezoned to Tulip Grove. However, Tulip Grove would become significantly overcrowded, as would Dupont-Tyler, the middle school into which Tulip Grove feeds. McGavock Elementary, Pennington and Hermitage are small facilities with small enrollments, and space does not exist in close proximity with the capacity to receive these students.
Overton Cluster: No recommended closings
Pearl-Cohn Cluster: The Creswell program (housed in the McKissack facility) can be closed, as the 40th day enrollment shows 142 students, with 113 of them zoned to Cockrill. The Cockrill zone can be adjusted in order to rezone some of its students to Park Avenue, a school significantly under capacity due to the razing of the John Henry Hale housing development.
Bass can be closed, and the affected students rezoned to McKissack. As mentioned above, a more detailed study of existing optional programs should be undertaken to determine the effectiveness and continued existence. The 40th day enrollment at Bass is 401 students. The facility at McKissack has been renovated and is much larger than the Bass facility, with a capacity of over 600 students. Bass has a capacity of only 483.
Stratford Cluster: Cora Howe can be closed with all of the affected students rezoned to Rosebank. Rosebank is the larger of the two schools, and has space to accommodate the Cora Howe students. The 40th day enrollment at Cora Howe is 223 students, while the enrollment at Rosebank is 280. Interestingly, there are more students from out-of-zone at Cora Howe than there are from within the zone. The actual number of in-zone students that would be rezoned to Rosebank is approximately 100. Most of the remaining students are ELL who are zoned to other schools. Rosebank has an instructional capacity of 534 students, while Cora Howes capacity is 415.
Litton could be closed with the affected students rezoned to Dalewood and Bailey. Dalewood would increase from 470 students to 600. The capacity at Dalewood is 832 students. Bailey would increase from 439 students to 605. The capacity at Bailey is 719 students. It is important to note that Litton, Dalewood, and Bailey have 24 special education classes combined. As a result, the net capacity at Dalewood and Bailey would be reduced significantly if Litton is merged with the two schools. It is also important to note that combining these schools could present some significant challenges related to discipline issues.
Another option with regard to closing Litton is creating K-8 schools at Dan Mills and Rosebank. If this option is adopted, Dan Mills would increase from 392 students to 523. Dan Mills has a capacity of 593 students. Rosebank would increase from 280 students to 446. The capacity at Rosebank is 534 students. However, if this option is adopted, Cora Howe could not be closed and rezoned to Rosebank. It is possible to split Cora Howe between Inglewood and Ross, but space at both schools would be a concern, and portables would be needed. It should be noted that neither Dan Mills nor Rosebank has a full size gym, science labs, or a band room.
Whites Creek Cluster: It was suggested that we explore closing Joelton Middle School and creating tier structures of K-4 and 5-12, K-5 and 6-12, or K-6 and 7-12. Joelton MS currently has an enrollment of 464 students. Its students come from Joelton Elementary and Cumberland. Joelton Elementarys enrollment would increase from 380 students to 430 if organized as K-5, and to 480 if K-6. Capacity at Joelton Elementary is 435 students. Portables would be needed. The enrollment at Cumberland would increase from 381 students to 415 if K-5, and to 470 if K-6. Capacity at Cumberland is 534 students. Whites Creeks enrollment would increase from the current enrollment of 1,060 students to 1,500 if 5-12, to 1,400 if 6-12, and to 1,270 if 7-12. The capacity at Whites Creek is 1,337 students.
Magnet/Optional Schools: Rose Park can be closed with minimal effect on any zoned school. Its student population is spread out among many schools. The top four zoned schools of the affected students are Moore (34), Cameron (28), Antioch Middle (20), and Croft (20).
Jones Paideia can be closed and merged with John Early Paideia to create a K-8 Paideia school. Jones enrollment of 324 students would merge with John Earlys enrollment of 283, for a total of 607. The capacity at John Early is 629 students.
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