The discussion of the elementary population explosion is going wild on FB and the usual mouth pieces for CT and the School Administration are out in full force with their usual support of any idea CT puts forth.
The concept of 8th graders moving to the HS does not seem to be on the radar or sinking in with current 6th grade families as all the discussion is surrounding the 5th grade moving to the MS. I think the bigger issue and conversation should be about 8th graders attending the HS.
The MS is set up to have each grade on their own floor. The HS is not able to be set-up this way and so 8th graders would constantly be co-mingling with 9-12 graders.
Unless CT is able to come up with a solution for separating the 8th graders from the rest of the 9-12 population I think this idea lacks thoughtfulness and equal opportunities for all children. How would after school sports be handled? Would 5th-8th graders have opportunities for sports and clubs at the MS or would 8th graders be asked to try out for JV at the HS?
If this idea moves forward, it's time for parents of young children to understand how this will impact their children as they move into 8th grade.
Just reopen the Beebe school. Done. This is why they didn't sell the parcel/building in the first place, in case they needed it for just this type of situation.
Hopefully they signed a year to year lease with SEEM. The Beebe was not sold specifically to handle future increases in the student population,
Make the Beebe a dedicated K building city wide. That would actually relieve classroom availability problems in every other building.
That's a very good example of "thinking outside the box". Listen, the administration had a pretty good idea of the numbers about two years ago, but they said nothing because now they can "address" it as an "unforseen uptick" requiring another "infusion of cash". The administration won't even consider an idea like this because it would effectively eliminate their "woe is us" rhetoric.
True. And will we ever have an opportunity to ask the Mayor what happened to the $3.5 Million surplus at the end of the last budget year? Where did it go? Into the Mayor's mysterious "enterprise" slush fund accounts?? Why can't $1,000,000 be shared with the school district?