Common Reconfiguration Questions
Concerns, Questions and Opinions from the Community as they were tabulated from our online questionnaire, phone calls, and parent meetings.Click to reveal Information
- Have all options been explored?
Numerous options have been discussed over the last few months. The administrative team has constructed a plan which meets the needs of our district and moves our district forward based on a Capital Facilities Evaluation which determined which buildings need upgrades. The Claymont Board of Education adopted a capital improvement plan in January.
The administration and board have discussed the following items enroute to a resolution:
- Number of students at each grade level (class groupings and courses offered)
- The effect of school setting on achievement
- The impact on staff reassignments
- Bus routes and issues which may arise
- Increasing parent involvement
- Number of school transitions for students
- Opportunities for interaction between age groups
- Many other topics
- Is this the best decision for our children and district?
Based on all the options we have explored we believe this is the best decision for the district. List of advantages:
- Preschool Issues Resolved: Lift, Playground, Cafeteria
- Preschool staff and students remain at one site.
- Park Elementary building remains open.
- Pick up and drop off procedures for preschool remain similar.
- Pick up and drop off at Trenton and Eastport will be similar or reduced.
- Grade level organization helps reduce class sizes, availability for grade level meetings, planning, data analysis, curriculum implementation, and intervention.
- Narrows the focus of curriculum.
- Larger numbers of teachers to collaborate at grade level meetings.
- More classrooms per grade level may provide more opportunities to match students to teachers according to teaching and learning styles. (Reduced Class Sizes)
- More teacher resources available geared towards individual grade levels.
- Students feel safe being with other students their own age.
- Support staff such as title teachers, intervention specialists, and related arts teachers and paraprofessionals may benefit from a narrower grade span.
- Students may be able to participate on an equal level in more activities and be less influenced by older students.
- All students will enter Kindergarten as one group and remain with the same class until graduation.
- Classroom space in the Jr. High is maximized.
- Elimination of “5th” grade transition.
- 6th grade to 7th grade transition is seamless for participation in extracurricular activities.
- Space at the 3 elementary buildings will provide room if expansion of classrooms or programs are needed.
- How does the district plan to increase student achievement based upon the reconfiguration?
- Research has provided no definitive answer on the most effective grade configuration.
- Each community and school district considers different factors when making grade span decisions and no one grade configuration is right for all.
- Researchers agree that generally the quality of the school and the instruction was more important than the grade configuration in viewing academic progress of students.
- Simply changing the school configuration is not enough to increase achievement.
- There is no clear indication that any grade configuration is more successful than any other.
- No particular sequence of grade spans is perfect or guarantees student achievement.
- What has greater implications of student success is influenced by leadership, classroom teacher, and daily instructional strategies.
The district administrators and board believe the characteristics of a quality should be the focus.
The characteristics of a quality school are:
- A clear and shared focus.
- High standards and expectations for all students.
- Effective school leadership.
- High levels of collaboration and communication.
- Curriculum, instruction, and assessments aligned with state standards.
- Frequent monitoring of learning and teaching.
- Focused professional development.
- A supportive learning environment.
- High levels of parents and community involvement.
- If I have multiple children attending multiple buildings how will Parent/Teacher Conferences be arranged, celebrations and programs?
The building principals will work diligently to stagger events in order to maximize each parent’s ability to attend events which their children participate
- Park has an outstanding reputation with 100 percent parent involvement. Park has a Blue Ribbon. Why take a chance and close this elementary building?
Each elementary school is a Blue Ribbon School. All of our elementaries have high parent/guardian involvement and we hope that would continue.
- Why did we let the Northside building get this bad?
Northside was built in 1906 and was not part of the Ohio Facilities Commission renovations. The district has maintained the facility but it has come to a point to make a decision as to whether to continue to put money into a building with four classrooms even though room is available throughout the district for a move.
- Your responsibility as a board is what’s best for our children. Is this what’s best for them?
Student learning is the focus of Claymont Schools. Regardless of the grade configuration, it is our responsibility to provide quality education and address the needs of individual students. Schools must create cultures that develop partnerships with parents and establish community relationships that contribute to overall student success
- If they lose preschool funding will they close Park School?
The Claymont City School District is committed to early childhood education. We currently are not fully funded for the preschool classes as our general fund pays for the majority of our preschool expenses. We will continue to provide preschool options for our families.
- Park School is too big to only house the preschool. Will it be able to efficiently run with only the preschool?
There will be the same number of classes next year with Preschool as there is this year.
- What is the future of the Northside building?
The Claymont administration and Board of Education will examine all options and make a determination of the future of the building based on what is best for the school district.
- Is there any chance that more preschool classes can be added?
One preschool classroom will be added at Park for next year.
- How is the district going to communicate with parents once changes are made?
We have a high participation from parents and definitely want that continue. We will have parent meetings in each building to discuss changes and provide information to prepare families for next school year. We will post information on the website, make all calls, and send home newsletters.
- With the reconfiguration of the district and the distribution of grade levels and buildings, will there be ANY jobs cut?
We are not looking at eliminating any staff members at this time.
- How will these changes affect transportation?
We are looking to make our routes more efficient. We will likely have similar routes with the same number of bus drivers. Our goal is to have all new routes completed prior to the end of this school year. We will communicate with parents to ensure all transportation questions are answered.
- Are the start and dismissal times going to change? If you have kids at Trenton,Eastport and Intermediate how are you going to get them all.
Once the bus routes are established we will determine if there is any adjustment in start and end times but we are looking to keep the start and end times very similar to this year.
- Is transportation cost going to increase?
We don’t anticipate an increase in cost of transportation.
- With the configuration. Are the class sizes increasing and the faculty decreasing or is the ratio staying the same?
Class sizes will decrease and the staff numbers will remain the same.
- How do we know this grade level configuration will be successful?
Neighboring districts have completed similar grade level restructuring with great success. Ex. Tusky Valley, Sandy Valley, North Canton, Canal Fulton NW
- What about kids with IEP’s or behavioral issues.
Students will have access to intervention specialists and resource staff. We are not cutting these positions. Students with disabilities have an IEP which specifies services. We will continue to follow all services written into IEP’s.
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Message from the Superintendent
IMPORTANT INFORMATION 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR
Celebrate 922 Pride!
Home is where the heart is, that's what they always say,
That's why 9/22 is such an important day.
The community comes together to show their pride,
It lives within everyone deep inside.
From country side to city streets,
Everywhere you go you'll get many greets.
Our hearts are big and we'll take you in,
We'll make you feel at home and accept you as kin.
So leave your troubles behind and come visit our town,
We'll treat you kind and show you around.
~ By: Sarah Stevenson, Claymont High School Senior
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