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Kingston School District Reconfiguration Plan

Kingston School District Reconfiguration Plan

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Proposed on June 20, 2012
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KINGSTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Redistricting Recommendationto the Board of Education
 
 JUNE 15, 2012
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The Challenge and Options Explored
While schools across the United States face manydemands that unite them—the task of moldingproductive, motivated, and empowered citizens isone common challenge —redistricting is a uniquedilemma every single time it is encountered. FromNew York, to Idaho, to California, redistricting is anunpopular, but essential part of the process of publiceducation. While the feelings that emerge duringredistricting may be the same—fear of change, loss ofidentify, uncertainty—the solutions are always unique
and District specic.There is no “right” answer, no “one-size ts all”
prescription or even a formula that could be applied
to more than one District. The conuence of factors—
demographics, geographic location and size of District, enrollment projections, and much more, make this anextremely complex task. And just as there is no single “answer” to redistricting, the solutions that make sensefor one generation often cannot be applied to another, even in the same District.There were dozens of options for redistricting that were discussed. From these initial discussions, manypossibilities emerged and were carefully examined. Each time, the options were measured against the samerubric of expectation. We asked: Will this redistricting plan help our District meet its goals? Many of thesemodels had merit in some areas, but fell short in others.
 
KINGSTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
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Why is the Kingston City School District Redistricting?What is the KCSD trying to achieve by Redistricting?
Enrollment Decline.
The Kingston CitySchool District is shrinking. The Districthas undergone a 19 % drop in studentenrollment since 2004. This represents adecrease of 1,300 students. The Districthas not enacted a redistricting plansince 2002, and needs to address these
signicant population changes through a
comprehensive plan.
Academics.
 The District needs to improvethe delivery of education to better serve
our students. Currently, ve of the District’s
schools are designated by the StateEducation Department as “In Need ofImprovement.” These include KingstonHigh School, J. Watson Bailey MiddleSchool, M. Clifford Miller Middle School,Harry L. Edson Elementary School andJohn F. Kennedy Elementary School.Redistricting is part of a comprehensiveplan to create a new atmosphere of improvement and adapt to the changing times. Redistricting will enable
the District to become more effective and efcient by consolidation of resources, both physical (buildings)and personnel (staff).
Finances.
The District is dealing with a new nancial reality. Redistricting is not about “saving” money, itis about working within new budgetary limits in order to become nancially viable. Since 2008, the Districthas experienced a loss of State Aid of approximately 13%. The State’s new tax levy limit legislation caps theamount the District can spend, while increasing xed costs (contractually mandated salaries and benets)
continue to rise.
Improve the Delivery of Education.
Through redistricting, the KCSD seeks to create an atmosphere ofcontinued improvement.
Improve the Delivery of Services.
The KCSD seeks a redistricting plan that will improve the delivery all
services (social services, speech therapy, physical therapy, reading instruction, academic intervention/ response to intervention etc.) to all of our students.
Fiscal Security. 
The plan should address the short and long term scal issues faced by our District.
Capacity.
The plan should maximize our resources by using our buildings to their best potential.
Facilities Planning.
 A redistricting plan should effectively address short and long term facilities issues by creating
an efcient model of use that will enable the District to focus nancial resources on students, not buildings.
Improve Value.
 The plan should enhance the educational and social value of the KCSD to the Community.
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Decrease inStudent Enrollment
 
What if we do nothing?Princeton Model (K-2, 3-5, 6-8)
Academics.
Currently we have a dropout rate of 29%.
This is signicantly higher in our minority, economically
disadvantaged, and student with disabilities sub groups
(53% blacks, 40% Hispanic/Latino, 41% EconomicallyDisadvantaged, 73% student with disabilities). Two of our
elementary and both our middle schools are designated
schools in need of improvement. As a District our K-8population is not making Adequate Yearly Progress in 5-9
sub-groups in English Language Arts and 4 out of 9 sub-groups in Math. Kingston High School has been directed bythe State to restructure. Failure to fundamentally change theway we are providing education to our students will lead to noimprovement in these facts.Of course, redistricting alone will not solve the academicissues. However, a comprehensive, thoughtful redistrictingplan can be part of the solution to the crisis our District isfacing. Race to the Top initiatives are underway, and wehave great hope for Data Driven Instruction, Common Coreand Annual Professional Performance Reviews. Withoutredistricting, the district will not be able to afford to implementthese initiatives. Our resources are spread thin throughout the
district in an inefcient manner; we must consolidate these
resources and cut expenses where we can.
In this conguration there are advantages such as the ability to create early learning centers, balancing ofclass size, and modest one-time nancial savings. The disadvantages of multiple transitions, difculty formulti-student families, transportation and the need for greater nancial impact were among the reasons this
was not the recommendation. Furthermore, the short span of time in spent in each building by students is
seen as detrimental to student’s academic and social growth.
KINGSTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Redistricting Task ForceCommittee Members
Mr. Adrian Manuel
Kingston High School principal 
Dr. Paula Perez
Frank L. Meagher Elementary School principal 
Mr. Brian Martin
Anna Devine Elementary School principal 
Mr. William Krupp
Harry L. Edson Elementary School principal 
Ms. Julie Linton
J. Watson Bailey Middle School principal 
Ms. Kim Terwilliger
M. Clifford Miller Middle School principal 
Ms. Marystephanie Corsones
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction 
Mr. John Voerg
Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration 
Ms. Sandy Miller
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services 
K-6, 7-8, 9-12
This grade span does not meet the redistricting goals of the district due to the absence of scal impact andthe movement away from the district’s commitment to the Board of Regents policy statement on Middle Level
Education.
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Jennifer Fuentes added this note
It seems strange to me that as a will now drive my child to elementary school on the other side of town I will need to drive by GW elementary to get there. Meagher and Sophie Finn were just blocks from one another and both will close leaving a gaping hole for all the students in Midtown West. The geography of the consolidation could use rethinking.

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