• FERGUSON-FLORISSANT SCHOOL DISTRICT

    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Restructuring of the District

     

     

    Why is the 1 high school option 3 broken down by 9, 10, 11-12? 
    One new high school might be designed to include separate spaces for freshman, sophomores, and a combined space for juniors and seniors.  Again, nothing has been decided. This is just a possibility.

    How will this affect PROBE? 
    PROBE (gifted education) is an important part of our long-range plan.  We will have a more detailed plan for PROBE's location based on information from the Building Assessment System process and community feedback.

    Where would the money come from to construct a new high school in option 3? 
    The district is exploring options for financing a new facility.  It is possible that funding would include a bond issue.

    Would there be an option for splitting up the high school grades in different spaces? 
    One new high school might be designed to include separate spaces for freshman, sophomores, and a combined space for juniors and seniors.  Again, nothing has been decided. This is just a possibility.

    What will become of the arts in our district?
    The district is committed to supporting the arts and art education.  Ferguson-Florissant's new STEAM academy reflects that commitment. Many other districts have STEM education.  We chose to include the A for arts as a clear commitment in STEAM and across the district. 

    Why do we not have much interdisciplinary curriculum?
    The district is committed to deeper learning which includes interdisciplinary project-based learning.  This is a key component of the STEAM Academy that we hope to see implemented more widely across the district.

    Is there any truth to the HVAC system being messed up at the STEAM Academy?
    No, the HVAC system at STEAM is operating well.  The upper floors of the building needed some repairs that would have been costly for outside contractors to repair.  Our district facilities team performed the repairs at little cost.

    There has been talk of changing start times and block scheduling. What progress has been made towards this?
    You can take a survey and read the information at this link: http://new.fergflor.k12.mo.us/surveys/start-time/

    What do these changes mean for teacher positions/job loss?
    No teachers will be cut.  There will be no Reduction in Force.  There may be some positions lost to attrition, and it is possible there may be some voluntary or involuntary transfers.

    What kind of building facility improvements will be made after the building assessments are completed?
    MGT, whose expertise is conducting educational facilities assessments is in the process of conducting the BASYS facilities assessment.  After they complete the assessment, they will provide a list of recommendations regarding facilities including a database that the district can use for tracking and planning future repairs and upgrades.

    Why did the district spend 3.6 million dollars on a building in November of 2015?
    The district purchased the building as part of its fulfillment of the Prop I Bond Issue which the community supported.  Part of that commitment to the community was the development of a STEM or STEAM program. In addition, the building will become the new administration center.  Repairs to the existing administration center were estimated to be approximately $26 million. By combining these facilities the district was able to save on needed and costly repairs.

    How will the curriculum change with these options?
    The Chief Academic Officer and the instructional team is in the process of reviewing and aligning curriculum to increase student success.  Restructuring grade levels to include increased opportunities in early education will create opportunities for improving upon that curriculum as well.

    Would Option 1 and Option 2 still involve McCluer North pursuing the IB program?
    Yes,  McCluer North will continue to pursue the IB program.  In fact, a representative was in the district this week as this process moves forward.

    Will MSB will be eliminated and be renamed as the STEM high school?
    That has not been determined, but would certainly include community input.

    What is the procedure or model that will be followed in re-allocating teachers to the K-2 and 3-5 schools?
    Any reassignment will follow district policies and procedures.

    Could Option 2 change the STEAM Academy to an alternative school?
    Transforming alternative education in the district is a priority; however, the STEAM Academy would remain as is in Option 2.

    What about PROBE? Where will they go and when will they start going every day?
    PROBE (gifted education) is an important part of our long-range plan.  We will have a more detailed plan for PROBE's location based on information from the Building Assessment System process and community feedback.  At this time, full-time gifted education at the elementary level is not part of these options. 


    Is the cost the same for all three options?
    While we will not know costs until after the facilities assessment is complete, the cost of a new high school in Option 3 would likely be the most costly of the three.

    Will PreK be free and full day?
    Yes, Pre-K for three and four-year-olds would be full day and free.

    Is option 3 the only option that requires a new building?
    Option 3 is the only option that calls for a new high school.  The BASYS facilities assessment will provide information regarding other buildings. 

    Will the timeline for moving to be organized by area or by grade?
    The timeline for implementing any of the options will be determined after community input, date from the facilities assessment, and a vote by the Board of Education.

    Is it possible to cycle through the three option slides as we discuss questions?
    The three options are on the website at www.fergflor.org/strong.  We will try to add that at the next Town Hall meetings.

    How would you respond to parents' concerns about equity for students not "accepted" in the STEAM schools?
    The Board of Education just approved an Equity Resolution.  Equity will be the lens that is used for all decisions. Our hope is that the STEAM school(s) will serve as labs for developing deeper learning that will be found in all schools.

    There were talks about schools potentially closing. Is that still an option or would we be moving students around so much, that all facilities are still utilized?
    Closing some buildings is still a possibility; however, we will not know those details until we receive the data from the BASYS facilities assessment and stakeholder feedback.

    Is this affecting staffing for this coming school year at all?
    Closing some buildings is still a possibility; however, we will not know those details until we receive the data from the BASYS facilities assessment and stakeholder feedback.

    Is closing elementary schools still an option being considered? And if so which ones?
    Closing schools is a possibility.  Any decision to close schools will be based on the facilities assessment, stakeholder feedback, and a vote by the Board of Education.

    Will the current STEAM Academy be a feeder school for the Exam school in options 2 and 3? Or, will anyone be able to attend the Exam school?
    The STEAM Academy would be a feeder school for the STEAM or Exam high school; however, we are investigating entry points where other students might be able to attend the STEAM high school.

    Is a block schedule still an option?
    Yes, block scheduling is an option in all the options.

    What about a 9th-grade center?
    Option 3, construction of a new high school, might include a separate wing or design to include a freshman academy in its own space.

    If you build a new high school, won't you have to reapply for IB?
    The district is working to clarify if we would need to reapply for IB if a new high school is built. 

    There is no mention of middle school buildings that would be aligned with each high school. What would those be?
    That will depend on the data from the facilities assessment, stakeholder feedback, and the Board's vote.

    In the Option 3 plan, where would this new high school be constructed? What would happen to the existing high school buildings?
    The location for a new high school in Option 3 has not been determined.  The location and use of the existing high schools will be based on the facilities assessment, community feedback, and the Board's vote.

    What will the criteria be for students who want to attend the STEAM high school?

    Admission will be based on their academic performance.


    What about students who don't qualify for Steam?

    It is our mission to empower all students in all of our schools to achieve their potential by cultivating a love of learning in an environment of respect, accountability, and responsibility.  


    What are the projected class sizes?

    We will follow grade level DESE guidelines on class size recommendations and consider student requests to drive course offerings.

    What do these changes mean for teacher positions/ job loss?

    No teachers will be cut. There will be no Reduction in Force. There may be some positions lost to attrition, and it is possible there may be some voluntary or involuntary transfers.

    What will happen to the teachers and staff at MSB if it turns into the STEAM school?

    Enrollment always dictates staffing needs.  Staffing at all of the high schools will be based on the class interest.  There will be a process for teachers to apply for positions at MSB and/or a process for teacher reassignments that follow the district policies and procedures.  

     What is the procedure or model that will be followed in re-allocating teachers to the k-2 and 3-5 schools?

    Any reassignment will follow district policies and procedures.

    What will be the teacher/ student ratio with these options?

    Teacher/student ratios tend to fluctuate based on enrollment patterns but should not exceed the DESE guidelines.  

    FFSD students who receive special school district services would attend schools as they do now.  The district would not have a designated school for students with SSD services.

    When will staff begin being transferred and/or reduced?

    Current maximizing of staff due to attrition only is being realized now. Communications to staff members being transferred will take place within the next two weeks.

    Is this affecting staffing for this coming school year at all?

    The restructuring will not occur until the 2019-2020 school year.

    I think staff are concerned because we have not received contacts yet, so it would help to clarify.

    Contracts have now been sent to staff.

    How does each of the different options going to affect the number of students in a classroom?

    Student-teacher ratios cannot be accurately determined until real-time enrollment figures are available after the restructuring takes place.

    Will we need fewer teachers? More? Layoffs?

    There will be no layoffs as a result of the restructuring and the staffing will be based on enrollment.

    What are the plans for more counselors, more reading teachers, more SSD teachers, and more support personnel?

    At this time all needs are still being reviewed.

    How will staffing be handled? Which administrator where? How/who will be in charge?

    Staffing will be determined based on enrollment and any changes to administrators will be determined at a later date.

    How will teachers be assigned, grade level and building? Will assignments be by choice, seniority or need? Will some buildings close?

    Assignment of teachers will be according to the recently approved Collective Bargaining Agreement and district policy 1016 Voluntary Transfer and Involuntary Reassignment.  It is uncertain at this time whether any school buildings will close since the Building assessment has not yet been completed.

     What is the percentage of faculty in each school that holds a master degree or higher?

    Across the district, 70 percent of certified staff hold a master degree or higher.


    What is the plan to attract more qualified teachers?

    District representatives participate in a variety of recruitment fairs each year.  Additionally, the Board and Superintendent have directed initiatives to help provide a strong learning environment.  


    In Option 3 - What about class size?

    We will follow grade level DESE guidelines on class size recommendations.  Taking into consideration student request to drive course offerings.  

    What would be the teacher to student ratio for average classes at Option 2 and 3?

    We will follow grade level DESE guidelines on class size recommendations.  Taking into consideration student request to drive course offerings.

    How would reducing the number of high schools impact the number of teachers?

    We will follow grade level DESE guidelines on class size recommendations.  Taking into consideration student request to drive course offerings.

    What is the average classroom size based on each option?

    Facilities assessment will provide recommendations on classroom size.

    What are the projected class sizes?

    We will follow grade level DESE guidelines on class size recommendations.  Taking into consideration student request to drive course offerings.

     What about teacher-student ratio depending on any area of any school? Why separate the students?  

    By combining like grades, the district is able to maximize resources and provide greater collaboration between teachers and students.  

     Staff layoff? No teacher layoff?

    None of the plans include staff or teacher layoffs.

    6th grade center in Option 2? Classroom sizes at MSB in Option 1?

    Both Options 2 and 3 include 6th-grade centers as part of middle school campuses.

     What are you doing about sports?

    The district will continue to encourage student participation in athletics.

    How will the school compete with other schools as far as athletics? (all high schools combined in one)

    Athletic opportunities for students will continue.  In some cases, there may be an increase in athletic offerings available since for students.opportunities to expand to compete for secondary schools combine,

     MSB is known for sports. Choose Option 1 - It’s only fair. Berkeley was already shut down. Keep MSB.

    MSB is newly built. What about our sports. We have set many records for our school to be thrown away again.

    The Berkeley and MSB records will still stand, and will be recognized at the high school serving the Berkeley community in Option 2 or 3.

    How would sports work at a STEAM High School?

    If there is a STEAM high school, we anticipate that athletic programs would be provided.

     What about sports/Berkeley?

    Athletic opportunities will continue to be offered for district students.

    What will be available to the students that rely on sports to make it through high school?

    With a larger high school, there are several additional opportunities for sports.  MSHSAA allows schools to have one varsity team but may have multiple freshmen, sophomore, and JV teams.  Additional sports might even be possible with more students.


    What are the arrangements for sports?

    Athletic opportunities will continue to be offered for district students.  It is likely there will be additional athletic opportunities with larger high school student populations.

     Why is the 1 high school option 3 broken down by 9, 10, 11-12? 

    One new high school might be designed to include separate spaces for freshman, sophomores, and a combined space for juniors and seniors. Again, nothing has been decided. This is just a possibility.

     Where would the money come from to construct a new high school in option 3?

    The district is exploring options for financing a new facility. It is possible that funding would include a bond issue.

    Would there be an option for splitting up the high school grades in different spaces?

    One new high school might be designed to include separate spaces for freshman, sophomores, and a combined space for juniors and seniors. Again, nothing has been decided. This is just a possibility.

    If you build a new high school, won't you have to reapply for IB?

    The district is working to clarify if we would need to reapply for IB if a new high school is built.

    Is option 3 the only option that requires new buildings?

    Option 3 is the only option that calls for a new high school. The BASYS facilities assessment will provide information regarding other buildings.

    Do we have data that shows that students in a LARGER school setting are more successful?

     

    How would going with one high school affect the IB approval? Or process?

    The district is working to clarify if we would need to reapply for IB if a new high school is built.  

    Wouldn't we have to reapply for IB on option 3?

    The district is working to clarify if we would need to reapply for IB if a new high school is built.

    Are there examples of large urban high schools of 2,500-3,000 students similar to the school proposed in Option 3?

    In options 2 and 3, what qualifications do students need to attend?

    Students who live in our district will be eligible to attend the comprehensive high schools. All students are eligible to apply for the STEAM school if they meet the requirements.      


    If option 3 is chosen, where would the kids go while the school is being built?

    If option 3 is chosen the students would likely transition into the format of Option 2 until Option 3 plans are finalized.  

    Where will the high school for Option 3 be built?

    The district would likely use an existing property to build a new high school.  Information from the Building Assessment System will be a factor in the decision.


    If the kids are all in one high school, how can they focus?

    During this process, we will engage all stakeholders.   We will create a rich and supportive environment that will ensure a positive climate and culture and be intentional about supporting students’ needs.  

    Redistricting and putting more programs in each school is much better than one big high school.

    The district is attempting to maximize resources.   With all three options for the restructuring process, the district will be able to provide additional resources to our students.  In addition, the restructuring will provide opportunities for better collaboration between teachers and students. 

    If schools are struggling individually, Option 3 will have them struggle collectively.  

    Option 3 - I'm skeptical about the quality of education with a larger student body.

    By combining schools,  the district will be in a better position financially to provide additional supports.  

     What is the student to teacher ratio for Option 3?  Studies have already shown larger classes affect students academically. Will this option cause overcrowding in a classroom?


    Classroom sizes will still be maintained under district and state guidelines.

    How do you think the kids would learn with 3,000 kids?  

    During this process, we will engage all stakeholders.   Creating a rich and supportive environment that will ensure a positive climate and culture.  Being intentional around supportive needs for students. A large high school would likely be designed with separate wings for the ninth and tenth grade, so it would feel smaller.

    How would you keep them safe?

    The security staff and SRO officers ratio to students will remain the same.    If Option 3 is chosen, the building will be designed using the most up to date security standards to ensure the safety of our students.    

    What about the kids with anxiety/social phobias, who do not do well with large numbers?   

    We will continue to accommodate the students and their needs.  Students who have IEPs or 504 plans will continue to receive services as indicated by their plan.

    The one thing I enjoy with this school district is that everybody knows everybody. How would that happen with a school of 3,000?

    Students will be given an opportunity to participate in activities and programs that will provide them with opportunities to meet students with the same interests as well as provide them with an opportunity to meet a variety of other students from other areas in the district.    

    Didn't we just spend tons of money on our current STEAM school? It seems like a waste.

    The voters of the district passed a bond issue with a portion of the proceeds to be used to build a STEAM learning center.  The district has met this obligation and is interested in expanding these opportunities for our high school students.

    How will this affect PROBE?

    PROBE (gifted education) is an important part of our long-range plan. We will have a more detailed plan for PROBE's location based on information from the Building Assessment System process and community feedback.

    Many job opportunities for our students in the future are in the STEM field.

    In options 2 and 3 what qualifications do students need to attend the Exam sc? Will the middle school Steam Academy be a feeder school for the Exam school in options 2 and 3? Or, will anyone be able to attend the Exam school?

    Our exam school will be our 9-12 STEAM School.  We will continue to examine requirements for the STEAM School admissions process.  

    What about PROBE?? Where will they go and when will they start going every day?

    PROBE (gifted education) is an important part of our long-range plan. We will have a more detailed plan for PROBE's location based on information from the Building Assessment System process and community feedback. At this time, full-time gifted education at the elementary level is not part of these options.

    Is there a plan for STEM AND STEAM courses within the non-stem and non-steam schools?

    Yes

     Will the STEAM 9-12 be an accredited school or a "program" Will the STEAM 9-12 have same/similar sports extracurricular activities as the traditional HS in any option.

    How would you respond to parents' concerns about equity for students not "accepted" in the STEAM schools?

    More information will be forthcoming.  

    The Board of Education just approved an Equity Resolution. Equity will be the lens that is used for all decisions. Our hope is that the STEAM school(s) will serve as labs for developing deeper learning that will be found in all schools.

    Will the middle school Steam Academy be a feeder school for the Exam school in options 2 and 3, Or will anyone be able to attend the Exam school?

    The STEAM Academy would be a feeder school for the STEAM or Exam high school; however, we are investigating entry points where other students might be able to attend the STEAM high school.  Students will continue to have the option to attend their home school.  

    How many kids do you anticipate will be in the STEAM program?

    Depends on the capacity of the building.  

    What are the qualifications for the STEAM program?

    Based on academic performance.

    Will all kids be tested for the STEAM Schools?

    No, based on academic performance.   

    Would current high school students be eligible to attend STEAM high school?

    Yes

    Why not just build for STEAM Academy?

    It is not one of the options.  

    How will you decide who goes to STEAM 9-12?

    Through academic performance.  


    If a STEAM high school is not created, how will the gifted education be addressed? Will students be allowed to choose their high school based on A/P options?   Is it the goal to keep all gifted students at the same their high school based on A/P options? Is it the goal to keep all gifted students at the same high school in the future, If a STEAM high school is not created?

    Currently, STEAM students will attend McCluer North.  

    Why can't every school be STEAM equipped?

    The restructuring process will free up resources which will allow the district to provide additional programs to all of the schools.

    It seems the focus is on the STEAM students. What about the students who don't get accepted into the program?

    The District is focusing on providing high-quality educational opportunities for all students.  With the district-wide restructuring, the District will be able to provide additional resources to all schools for programs.  

    Can the STEAM students be spread throughout the already established school? Maybe dedicate a hallway or wing to the students?

    We want to make sure to maximize our resources.  

    Equity - will all students be allowed to test into the STEAM program until then are granted access? 3 times maybe?

    This is based on academic performance.

    How would students be selected for STEAM school?

    This is based on academic performance.


    Can't you offer STEAM programs in all the schools?

    We want to make sure to maximize our resources.


    What will the criteria be for students who want to attend the STEAM high school?

    Based on their academic performance.


    What happens if the population of STEAM students exceeds the capacity of MSB?

    The facility will determine the capacity.  

    If the STEAM has an emphasis on one gifted education, would the teachers need to be certified in gifted education in order to teach at the STEAM school?

    No

    Since McCluer and McCluer North is overcrowded, why not just send STEAM students to MSB where there is room?

    At this time, our high schools are not overcrowded.  

    The STEAM School has the intent to house 80 students per grade level. With an increase in the size of the building, will there be an increase in the class size? What will the qualifications be?

    We will follow grade level DESE guidelines on class size recommendations.  Taking into consideration student request to drive course offerings.

    Option 2 - Would STEAM high school name change?

    Name changes have not been considered at this time.  

    Why is there no option for STEAM type learning in each high school?

    There are opportunities for steam education in all of our schools.

    How many students will the potential STEAM high school have?

    The number of students will be based on the number of students who qualify for the program and will be based on the location that is selected.   

    How will the students for the STEAM Academy be chosen? Where does that leave the underachieving students?

    The District is focusing on providing high-quality educational opportunities for all students.  With the district-wide restructuring, the District will be able to provide additional resources to all schools for programs.    The district is currently reviewing and identifying additional supports for all of our students.

    If Option 1 is chosen, where would the 9-12 STEAM be located?

    The STEAM program for high school students is scheduled to begin at McCluer North High School for the 2018-2019 school year. 

    What about students who don't qualify for Steam?

    They will still receive a quality education in their home school.

    How are students who aren't identified as gifted going to be supported?

    They will still receive a quality education in their home school.

     It seems like Option 1 and 2 could be done in a fairly timely manner (2019-20...

    Option 3 would require additional time for new construction. If that option is chosen, a full timeline will be developed based on the construction requirements.

    Can you clarify the timeline?

    The district has identified a timeline and it is posted on the district’s website.  

    Will the timeline for moving to be organized by area or by grade or will the move b..

    The timeline for implementing any of the options will be determined after community input, date from the facilities assessment, and a vote by the Board of Education.

    Is it possible to cycle through the three option slides as we discuss questions?

    Yes, we used your suggestion for the subsequent meetings. Also, the three options are on the website at www.fergflor.org/strong.

    Have you looked into restructuring classes rather than shifting students?

    The district is currently reviewing class offerings in order to maximize our resources.  By restructuring and combining like grades, additional resources will be available for programming for our students.  

    What is the timeline to begin and complete these options?

    The timeline for the restructuring process may be found at www.fergflor.org/strong.

     What is the purpose for the restructuring?

    The purpose of restructuring is to be good stewards of tax dollars.  The district is not currently maximizing our facility usage. By restructuring, the district will decrease its footprint and costs.  The district will be able to increase programs and put additional dollars into the classrooms.

    Is there a possibility of more than 3 options?

    The district is considering input from all stakeholders.  

    The college idea seems to be the exclusive focus of the district. Where is the career and Tech Education?

    The district partners with North County Tech to provide many career and technical opportunities.  In addition, each high school provides project lead the way classes. Another program that is not currently offered through North County Tech will continue to be considered.  

    How is feedback is being received?

     www.fergflor.org/strong has links to provide questions.  In addition, there will be opportunities for smaller group meetings with stakeholders during this process.  

    In the case of Option 1 - Will students be able to be grandfathered in their high school their Senior year? (So they don't change right before graduation)

    This is a consideration but has not been determined at this time.  

    Are boundaries going to change to reflect neighborhood schools?

    Attendance boundaries may change depending on the outcome of this process.

    Has the Board considered the implications of closing/merging high schools on the communities?

    The Board will factor in a variety questions and options prior to making its determination.  

    Crime increased in Berkeley; businesses left, property value dropped when Berkeley was closed and moved from Berkeley to Ferguson. Define "cost" here?

    Schools are an economic developer for our area.  By restructuring and redesigning schools, the district is hopeful to provide economic growth back into our area.  

    How are these options going to make our district globally competitive?

    The district is currently moving in this direction with additional AP courses, IB, focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and project-based learning.  

    We currently struggle with accreditation, how will this change that outcome?

    The district will continue to provide support for our students and provide them with the best educational outcomes.  This will be demonstrated by the district maintaining it’s accreditation.

    Does the Board think trust will be just in this process?

    The Board is seeking this process to be transparent and fair in the best interest of all students.  

    How come there isn't an option to leave the district as is?

    The district is seeking improvement in several areas that have been identified.   Restructuring provides an opportunity for this improvement.

    Will anything said today influence or change the outcome of any of the options?

    The Board and administration will continue to seek input throughout this process.  

    Who came up with these options?

    The administration has been meeting with various stakeholders over the past year and one half to develop these options.  

    How soon are you expecting the change?

    It is possible restructuring changes could occur for the 2019-2020 school year.

    What is being done to engage with parents and students? All the plans for a better education don't work if students/ parents are not engaged.

    Parent and students have been encouraged to attend Superintendent Advisory Committees and Town Hall meetings.

    If we go, we go Option 1 or 2. How quickly can that be implemented?

    Options 1 and 2 could begin implementation for the 2019-2020 school year.

    Are families able to vote for the options?  If so, what weight does family vote have?

    The Board will make the final decision after careful review.  

    Who are the stakeholders under the 'input' section of the timeline slide?

    Parent/student advisory groups, district residents, local officials, and staff will have the opportunity to provide feedback during this process.  

    How will the board move forward if the community rejects the reconstruction notion -faculty, staff, and students begin to leave?

     What's the point of these meetings if you guys have already made your decisions?

    Town Hall meetings on the restructuring process have been designed to share information with the community.  Decisions on restructuring have not been made.

    How will transportation work for families with children in multiple schools?

    The transportation will not differ from current transportation guidelines.  

    Wouldn't it cost taxpayers more to provide buses for re-zoning?

    Transportation costs have not been determined for any of the three options.  

    The Dept. of Transportation will the motor pool increase or decrease?

    The transportation will not differ from current transportation.  

    Will transportation costs go up when students who would normally walk become bus riders when splitting elementary grades?

    Transportation costs have not been determined.

    We have 3 kids so you will provide transportation for all 3 because all are not gifted.

    The transportation will not differ from current transportation.  

    In the Option 3 plan, where would this new high school be constructed? What would happen to the existing high school buildings?

    The location for a new high school in Option 3 has not been determined. The location and use of the existing high schools will be based on the facilities assessment, community feedback, and the Board's vote.

    There is no mention of middle school buildings that would be aligned with each high school. What would those be?

    That will depend on the data from the facilities assessment, stakeholder feedback, and the Board's vote.

    What kind of building facility improvements will be made after the building assessment?

    MGT, whose expertise is conducting educational facilities assessments is in the process of conducting the BASYS facilities assessment. After they complete the assessment, they will provide a list of recommendations regarding facilities including a database that the district can use for tracking and planning future repairs and upgrades.

    Why did the district spend 3.6 million dollars on a building in November of 2015?

    The district purchased the building as part of its fulfillment of the Prop I Bond Issue which the community supported. Part of that commitment to the community was the development of a STEM or STEAM program. In addition, the building will become the new administration center. Repairs to the existing administration center were estimated to be approximately $26 million. By combining these facilities the district was able to save on needed and costly repairs.  The facilities department will also move to this new facility which will combine operations services into one location.

    If MSB can accommodate 1000+ students, why is that space not being utilized to its fullest?

    If option one or two are chosen, will we upgrade our facilities to be appropriate?

    Is the cost the same for all three options?

    While we will not know costs until after the facilities assessment is complete, the cost of a new high school in Option 3 would likely be the most costly of the three.

    Is space (current admin bldg) being considered as a resource for some of these options or is the plan to sell the space?  

    The current Adm. Building will cost $26 million to upgrade and is not being considered because of the cost.  No determination has been made to sell this property.

    Is closing elementary schools still an option being considered? And if so which one?

    Closing schools is a possibility. Any decision to close schools will be based on the facilities assessment, stakeholder feedback, and a vote by the Board of Education.

    There were talks about schools potentially closing. Is that still an option or would we be moving students around so much, that all facilities are still utilized?

    Closing some buildings is still a possibility; however, we will not know those details until we receive the data from the BASYS facilities assessment and stakeholder feedback.

    Will another high school need to be built if Option 3 is selected? If so, what will occur to all 3 high schools?

    Construction of a new high school is anticipated under Option Three.  No determination on the status of the three high schools has been made at this time.

    Will the elementary and middle schools remain the same?

    The status of elementary and middle schools is subject to the facilities analysis and the option selected by the Board of Education.

    In Option 3 - How long and at what cost is the one

    This is in the process of being determined.

    If Option 3 is chosen, when will the District look to open new building?

    The opening of a new building is possible if Option Three is selected.

    Where would the funds come from for Option 3?

    The district will need to sell bonds in order to move forward with option 3.  

    If there is one campus, Option 3 - How innovative will it be to keep our children competitive?

    Yes, this will allow us to maximize our resources and utilize our resources well.  Education is the foundation of our economy. What (and how) we learn in school determines who we become as individuals and our success throughout our lives. It informs how we solve problems, how we work with others, and how we look at the world around us. In today’s innovation economy, education becomes even more important for developing the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers.

    What will happen with the vacant buildings? How will they be repurposed?

    There has been no determination on how vacant buildings, if any, will be repurposed.  It is possible they could be used for other district purposes or they could be sold.

    In Option 3 - what are the other 2 high school buildings being used for? Will there still be a STEAM Academy?

    The 9-12 STEAM building will be at MSB, and 6-8 STEAM will remain at the STEAM Academy

    How much will the taxpayers have to pay for a new building?

    The amount needed for a new building has not yet been determined.

    How many P-2 centers is each of the 3 options proposing?

    The number of Pre K-2 schools under each of the three options varies based on the option.

    How many P-2 and 3-5 schools would be in each area?

    The number of Pre K-2 and 3-5 schools under each of the three options varies based on the option.

    How many elementary schools will be closed? How many schools (elementary) will be available in Area 1?

    The number of elementary schools that may be closed has not been determined.  The completion of the facilities analysis is necessary before this can be reviewed.

    How many schools are to be closed with Option 1, Option 2 or Option 3 potentially?

    The number of schools that may be closed under each of these options has not been determined at this time.

    Option 3 - Bond issue?

    Yes, the district will need to sell bonds for option 3.

    What is the most fiscally sound option?

    All three options will improve our fiscal stability by maximizing our resources.  Even with the construction of a new high school, the district will experience a savings of resources over time.  (ie energy savings, etc).

    If any options are school will there be taxes increased for homeowners?

    The possibility of a tax increase is possible for all three options.  

    Will Option @ put MHS/MNHS at capacity? Are these options cost neutral?

    All three options will maximize the use of space for all of our schools.  By restructuring, the district will realize savings.

    How is building a new school saving money for the district?

    All three options will improve our fiscal stability by maximizing our resources.  Even with the construction of a new high school, the district will experience a savings of resources over time.  (ie energy savings, etc).

    What happens to the middle schools with Option 2? Does one of them become the 6th-grade center?  Or does an elementary school become the 6th-grade center?

    We will have better information after the building study has been completed.  

    Will preschool be full day and free? 4 buildings per area?

    The preschool model is currently being studied.   Preschool will be offered to 3 and 4-year-olds free to district residents.    The PreK-2nd-grade schools will be identified after the building study has been completed.  

    If community money and bonds play a part in certain options, why isn't there a community vote on what we want first? If an option is voted on, then the district isn't supported. Then what?

    Restructuring plans will move forward based upon the option that the Board of Education selects.    

     Will all schools be renovated with top facilities for each school?

    The building assessment study will provide information that will be used to determine the needs of our schools.  The restructuring plan will use this information when making decisions on facility upgrades.

    Will the board chose option 3 before a bond vote? Or chose option 3, and then put a bond vote to the community? And how would a failed bond vote affect the options chosen?

    Restructuring plans will move forward based upon the option that the Board of Education selects.