These are the notes I took at the 3/12/2019 Q&A with Mr. Paperman and Mr. Harmon:
- Survey on the website for those who have additional questions nsd.org/programsurvey
- Hope to have a recommendation to present to the board in the spring with implementation by fall of 2020
Comment: For PACE most families won’t move to Bear Creek from Wellington or to Frank Love from Lockwood
Q: is K-12 for Northshore Family Partnership (NFP) being taken into consideration in this plan? IF so where would it be housed
A: Not currently considering K-12 for NFP, not part of the planning
Q: Is EAP in the Home school for all schools being considered?
A:No, haven’t looked at what it would take to implement multi-ability in same classroom (questioner asked: Isn’t that what single subject kids are doing right now? A: Yes)
Comment: PACE gives more to Wellington that you may realize in terms of community and volunteering
Q: How many years can the new changes hold new growth?
A: Looking into 2026 for EAP
Q: Did the district do a survey of PACE parents and ask them if they would move to a new site?
A: No we did not. But we can
Q: Has the district thought about what all the moves and not having a bond to the community and school is doing to our kids? Are we causing psychological harm to them?
Q: Will current EAP teachers have an EAP position in the district if Bear Creek EAP is moved?
Q: Can current EAP students get priority for waivers to stay with their community and friends if it splits or moves to another school?
Q: Did district look at changing boundaries of all schools to fix the previous adjustment that clearly wasn’t a long term fix?
A: Looked at expanding boundaries of BEar Creek to have at least 2 classrooms per grade and that wasn’t possible without eating into other schools with low enrollment. Did not look at redistricting whole district, mainly looked at Bear Creek to minimize disruption.
Q: Can district publish the data used to make these suggested changes?
A: EDTF data is on website… (can we get that site?)
Q: What are the special academic programs referred to?
A: EAP, NFP, PACE, Dual Language, Special Ed, Early Learning
Q: How many kids are you projecting adding to NFP by 2026?
A: Looking at 100-150 kids in the program (not taking into account adding grades 7-12 to program or program growth as NFP parents are projecting.)
Q: Did you consider closing the Bear Creek Building?
A: Considered moving Gen Ed out of building but not closing building completely. Urban Growth boundary will move at some point and it’s expected over 10k more kids will be added to district at that time. Need the space.
Comment: NFP should be planned for K-12 sooner rather than later
Q: Did you consider all the aspects of moving a PACE program to another building? New teachers to be hired, new parents to be placed in roles, Financials (funds are tied to the building. if you move buildings you have to give the money to the building and start at new school with nothing or parents have to vote for money to go to new school. if parents aren’t moving schools with program they might not vote to move money.)
A: We did not fully consider all of these aspects and have learned a lot in the last 2 weeks. Will consider all of this and do more research
Q: If EAP leaves Bear Creek where will the kids go?
A: kids will be split between Sunrise and Canyon creek based on their home school.