- There was no grandfathering allowed. All the HCC cohorts including next year's 8th graders will go to REMS as originally planned. Note: its still likely due to available space that many of the gen-ed Whitman eight graders will opt back into it.
- The Decatur split for the NE HCC elementary school will occur as planned.
- No changes were made in the middle school reference zone from the draft being voted on.
Update: A day later I wanted to add on a few thoughts:
- The budget crisis still provides an opportunity to cutback and change plans. Based on the superintendent's comments under-enrolled schools are particularly vulnerable but we may see other unhappy choices coming down the pipeline.
- The Licton Springs - Eaglestaff M.S. capacity dilemma will continue to be an issue. The choices made so far are ultimately not sustainable from the perspective of limited space. L.S. was also explicitly called out in the Friday memo as the most expensive school in the system so I suspect the central staff will apply more pressure through the budget on this point. Bottom line: we need a consensus on a long term solution.
- Cedar Park will most likely not be opened next year for budgetary reasons. This is probably an opportunity to adequately plan a focus for it and meet with the community to generate buy-in. On the other hand, the talk about option schools being non-viable adds a cloud over if its future which may deter potential families in the same way as has happened with Pinehurst/AE1 or the Center School.
Going forward there is a lot of space for parent input at both new HCC sites. What's everyone thinking about working on?