Charts and tables apparently don’t get the attention on the social media as a colorful photo. But this is important, wonky stuff so to heck with it. To heck! (Plus I’m too lazy dig for a photo just now.)
OK, so let’s try to get up to speed on this topic, since we haven’t spent enough time looking at it.
As many a parent and concerned citizen knows, the City Schools of Decatur are considering options as they prepare to accommodate more students in the coming years.
They publicly floated three options recently, which were reviewed at a community meeting in mid-March:
- K-2, 3-5 Option 1 – turn College Heights into a K-2, build a new ECLC, Oakhurst would become a 3-5 and a new 3-5 would be built at Talley Street.
- K-2, 3-5 Option 2 – turn College Heights into a K-2, build a new ECLC, Glennwood would become 3-5 and a new 3-5 would be built at Talley Street.
- K-3, 4/5 Option – turn College Heights into a K-3, build a new ECLC, all other schools would remain the same and a new 4/5 Academy would be built.
Decaturish reported from the meeting earlier this month that some seemed to favor K-2 Option 2 to Option 1, because Option 1 would put all the 3-5 schools on the southside of the city. And many residents were concerned about the traffic it would create.
Also, some are wary of the K-3 option because the K-3 schools would still be at 103% capacity even with the expansion.
In a follow up post, Decaturish noted that Glennwood parents were concerned that the school system had already settled on K-3 Option 2, which would make Glennwood a 3-5 school. But CSD stated that they weren’t settled on any option at this time and were still open to other configurations – beyond the three stated options – and was requesting all kinds of feedback from the community, not just on the three options. The survey, which we posted about earlier this month, closed on this past Monday.
So what are your thoughts? What’s the best solution?
Decaturish reported that the Superintendent hopes to make a final call on the K-5 schools configuration before summer. And then next year we can all regroup and have an exciting conversation about redistricting – a perennial topic around these parts the last few years.
Also – just your enjoyment and edification, after the jump you can see the three presented options in slide format, courtesy of the Cooperative Strategies presentation at the community meeting back on March 13th. Enjoy!