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Norfolk/Colebrook Consolidation Study

Norfolk/Colebrook Consolidation Study

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The final study on consolidating the Botelle School and Colebrook Consolidated School, as prepared by Jonathan Costa of Education Connection.
The final study on consolidating the Botelle School and Colebrook Consolidated School, as prepared by Jonathan Costa of Education Connection.

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Norfolk/Colebrook Consolidation Report - Final
EDUCATION CONNECTION
August 31, 2012
1
 Jonathan P. Costa, Sr.
 
Director, School and Program Services
Norfolk andColebrookPublic Schools
 
2012-2022
 
Planning, Cooperation, and Consolidation Options and Selection Criteria Analysis.
PlanningExecutiveSummary
 
Norfolk/Colebrook Consolidation Report - Final
EDUCATION CONNECTION
August 31, 2012
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Norfolk and Colebrook Planning OptionsTable of Contents
Planning Process
and Report Overview…………………………………..
3Terms and Definitions...................................................................................7
Educational Implications……….…………………………………………..
10
Enrollment/Staff Projections…………………….…………………………16
 
Financial Implications…………………….………………………………...
20
Governance Implications……………………………………………………
25
Transition Implications……………………………………………………
..29
Voting and Analysis Results……………………………………………….
31
 
Norfolk/Colebrook Consolidation Report - Final
EDUCATION CONNECTION
August 31, 2012
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Planning Process Overview
Over the past twenty years, there have three major trends that have combined to put tremendous pressure on schoolgovernance and finance structures; structures that were conceived and built in simpler times. First, is the shift among allpublic schools from a universal access educational model to one dominated by the goal of universal proficiency. With thischange comes strict accountability to an ever growing number of externally imposed mandates and academic standards. Thishas created supervision and instructional challenges that require resources and change on a level very difficult to manage on asmall scale. Secondly, the costs of the labor, materials, and expenses required to staff and run a public school have increasedfaster than the rate of inflation over the same time period. Finally, there has been a slow but consistent decline in student enrollment with no future promise of change which has dropped the number of students to levels not seen since the end of World War II.The combined impact of these trends is an ever rising per-pupil expense coupled with challenges of small scaleschooling that make it increasingly difficult for a number of Connecticut communities to maintain a consistently high qualityacademic program. Norfolk and Colebrook are perfect examples of all of these trends. Especially now that Colebrook is facingsteep costs to renovate their existing school facility
and Norfolk’s enrollment is declining rapidly, t 
hese twin concerns have ledthese communities to begin a serious study of these issues and to explore what potential solutions might make the most sensefor both of the towns involved.While these discussions have been going on informally for years, the momentum for a more structured process and aserious study of possible options got underway at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. Both the Norfolk and Colebrook Boards of Education had addressed the possibility on their own agendas, the Superintendents of the districts were talkingadministratively, and in June of 2012 the local Boards of Selectman and Finance joined in. As a result, a joint committee withrepresentatives of both towns and all three voting bodies
selectman, education and finance, came together to explore all of 

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