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North Side Initiative School Year 2007-2008

Timeline Strategy
March 2007 Designate a project manager for the North Side Initiative

March 2007 Develop a North Side advisory board that is representative of internal and external stakeholders (educational advisors,
Meet Quarterly union leadership, community advocates, faith-based organizations) to establish communication lines and evaluate the
effectiveness of the Initiative

Develop a Cross Functional Team representative of various academic and operations departments (Communications,
March 2007 Curriculum and Instruction, English Language Learners, Family & Community Engagement, Human Resources, Special
Meet Bi-weekly Education, Student Support, Transportation)

Develop a marketing and communications plan that includes the following:
March 2007 ƒ Marketing plan for each school
On-going ƒ Working with print and broadcast media outlets to “showcase” schools and programs (following a school throughout
the implementation phase)
ƒ Highlighting community and business partnerships that support schools

Fall 2007 Comprehensive Academic Program (PreK-12) for all students
ƒ Content Core (Math, Reading/Writing, Science, Social Studies)
ƒ Essentials (Arts/Fine Arts/Performing Arts and Music, Media/Technology, Physical Education/Health, Gifted
Talented/Advanced Placement, World Languages, and Magnet Programs)
ƒ Learning Supports (Attendance, Behavior, Counselor/Social Worker, ELL, Health, Special Education)
o Lower Class Size, PreK-3
o Early Childhood/High Five in all buildings
o All Day Kindergarten for all students
Student Engagement and Leadership
Fall 2007 ƒ Extended learning opportunities
ƒ Summer camps (world languages, math, music, and technology)
Fall 2007 Parent Engagement Plan that includes a parent and school compact
March 2007 Develop a community compact that identifies needs, clarifies roles, and provides clear expectations and an evaluation tool
for schools and partners
Fall 2007 Positive Behavior Intervention Plan – Implement a behavioral support program that has a continuum of services from in-
class prevention support through out-of-school suspension
Fall 2007 Establish an evaluation tool for the North Side Initiative to monitor progress toward established outcomes for achievement,
On-going behavior, and engagement

UPDATE – February 28, 2007
North Side Initiative School Year 2007-2008 — Scenarios
North Side
Scenario A Scenario B Scenario C
School • 1 PreK-5 schools (size 600) • 3 PreK-5 schools (Avg. size 360) • 3 PreK-5 schools (Avg. size 250)
Configuration • 3 PreK-8 schools (Avg. size 920) • 3 PreK-8 schools (Avg. size 620) • 6 PreK-8 schools (Avg. size 450)
• 1 dual campus (size 950) • 1 dual campus (size 880) • 1 dual campus (size 850)
• 2 9-12 schools (Avg. size 950) • 1 6-12 school (size 950) • 1 6-8 school (size 96)
• Close 7-8 school buildings (1800 • 1 9-12 schools (size 1200) • 2 9-12 schools (size 950)
students reassigned) • Close 4-5 school buildings (1100 • Close 2 school buildings (200 students
students reassigned) reassigned)
Opportunities • This plan concentrates academic • Schools are large enough to generate • Longer process will allow community
resources in fewer schools needed resources to implement the input and provide parents the
• There are greater facility cost academic plan opportunity to choose a school for
savings • Provides immediate attention to Fall 2008
• Allows for more efficient challenges we know exist on the north • Proactive planning opportunities will
transportation with fewer schools. side be possible with the longer timeframe
• If enrollment continues to decline, • Schools are small enough to foster
this allows full plan now with fewer parental involvement in school and
closings in the future teacher engagement with parents
• Closings are moderate and could occur
in a truncated process
• This configuration will allow for
relatively efficient transportation
• This will allow us to maintain staff and
programs that are working well now
Consequences • Break up or dilute successful • If enrollment fallout continues, we • We cannot fully implement academic
staff/programs that exist may have trouble funding some plan with resources spread across a
• Charter schools have successfully buildings to meet academic plan in 2-3 number of buildings
promoted small class-size schools years • This model allows no budget
• It is difficult to recommend a K-8 • Some parents in closed schools may efficiencies
with 900 students not have enough time to be engaged • Delaying the inevitable has a negative
• Most parents in closed schools may and make an informed choice impact on school morale, student
not have enough time to be engaged achievement and enrollment
and make an informed choice

UPDATE – February 28, 2007