Some update on JumpStart program

Since the superintendent proposed to use JumpStart to alleviate the high School overcrowding problem in his 2018 HCPSS School Redistricting proposal (https://chaowu.org/2017/10/03/hcpss-superintendent-redistricting-proposal/), more details were discussed. The following is shared from somebody who attended Thursday night’s BOE meeting.

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Many details about the JumpStart Program has been shared by the HCPSS staff at the BOE work session yesterday. Here is my quick summary FYI:

1. Tuition will be about 50% off the regular Howard County Community College (HCC) tuition rate at about $100 per credit on average. Cheaper if courses are offered at HCPSS and more expensive if on HCC campus.

2. 60 credits will cost a student/family $6,000 and 30 credits $3,000. 60 credits is sufficient for a 2-year HCC Associate degree.

3. FARMs students can take early college credit courses in the JumpStart Program for free. This is paid for by HCPSS.

4. Total JumpStart Program cost for HCPSS is about $1 million per year. About 1/3 of that go to tuition waiver for FARMs students in the program and 2/3 go to transportation and other small items.

5. Admission process will ensure equal opportunity to high achievers, middle of the pack and low achievers.

6. The Program focuses on providing career paths to high school students with many career paths to choose from.

7. Students can start the program at the beginning of the 9th grade or later.

8. No impact on students who choose not to enroll in JumpStart and no impact on school staffing other than what HCPSS already does every year for staff rotation based on enrollment changes among HS.

9. HCPSS has been briefing the five schools involved and the parents and school staff, and has received much positive feedback. BOE asked for a survey to gauge how much capacity relief the Program can bring to HHS, LRHS and CHS. There is more than 350 combined receiving capacity at RHHS and OMHS, if there are more than 350 interested students in this rosy scenario.

2018 HCPSS Superintendent Redistricting Proposal

This is the latest, most updated 2018 HCPSS redistricting plan. This is the framework for future discussion. So forget about the previous plans. The superintendent Dr. Martirano dramatically scaled back the school redistricting from both the feasibility study version and AAC version. Here are three graphs (high school, middle school and elementary school) from his proposal. Note the public can now send their opinions to BOE at boe@hcpss.org.

Here is the link to find your polygon number: http://hcpss-gis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=78bbfc96270e4e16bcec96478fe1f24e

Superintendent proposal for high schoolSuperintendent proposal for middle schoolSuperintendent proposal for elementary school

The documents are here for your reference: http://www.hcpss.org/school-planning/

10 03 2017 Attendance Area Adjustment BR

2017-superintendent-attendance-overview

Compromised Data Integrity in Student Enrollment Projections for HCPSS School Redistricting from Polygon 147

The titled “Compromised Data Integrity in Student Enrollment Projections for HCPSS School Redistricting” was shared by Polygon 147.

Three highlights:

  1. In 2017 Feasibility Study and AAC process, OSP ( Office of School Planning) was using outdated 2014 and inaccurate new housing unit data at the polygon level, even they had access to the 2016 data.
  2. 45% of all the ES-level enrollment projections fluctuate by more than 10% just between the 2016 Feasibility Study and the 2017 Feasibility Study, while these projections should be very stable in consecutive years.
  3. Evidence therein shows that OSP used the wrong inputs data for 45% of all polygons when projecting student enrollment data, and the project errors can be larger than 50% for some polygons.

How can it be? Where is the accountability if these three claims are true?

polygon 147 presentation

The presentation is linked here: HCPSS Student Enrollment Projection Data Integrity Analysis – the Full Story – 09-15-2017

There is another link https://goo.gl/thMBf1

August 29th BOE meeting quick summary on APFO

August 29th Board of Education Meeting
(This was shared by a parent. Lost track of the original source of this summary)

Discussion of APFO and BOE recommendations

 Move to add high schools to the schools test. (currently high schools are not included when determining if an area is closed for development)

Motion by Kirsten A Coombs, second by Bess Altwerger.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Bess Altwerger, Kirsten A Coombs, Christina Delmont-Small, Mavis Ellis, Sandra H French, Ananta Hejeebu, Cynthia L Vaillancourt

Move to maintain the current open/close designation language (legislation calls for using the term “constrained”)

Motion by Sandra H French, second by Kirsten A Coombs.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Bess Altwerger, Kirsten A Coombs, Christina Delmont-Small, Mavis Ellis, Sandra H French, Ananta Hejeebu, Cynthia L Vaillancourt

Move the Board advocate that a funding trigger be included in APFO for school facilities at 95 percent capacity with a projection of over 110 percent in five years.

Motion by Kirsten A Coombs, second by Cynthia L Vaillancourt.Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Kirsten A Coombs, Christina Delmont-Small, Mavis Ellis, Sandra H French, Ananta Hejeebu, Cynthia L Vaillancourt

Not Present at Vote: Bess Altwerger

Move the Board define APFO capacity consistent with the Howard County Public School System policies.

Motion by Christina Delmont-Small, second by Mavis Ellis.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Kirsten A Coombs, Christina Delmont-Small, Mavis Ellis, Sandra H French, Ananta Hejeebu, Cynthia L Vaillancourt

Not Present at Vote: Bess Altwerger

Move that all development must past a schools test (current APFO legislation reduces the school test wait on development on a sliding scale, depending on how long they waited for allocations first. Allocations currently have an unlimited wait, but whatever that wait was, the School test wait cannot add to that total which would bring the combined total wait to more than five years.  School wait is no more than 4 years by itself, which is unchanged.)

Motion by Christina Delmont-Small, second by Kirsten A Coombs.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Kirsten A Coombs, Christina Delmont-Small, Mavis Ellis, Sandra H French, Ananta Hejeebu, Cynthia L Vaillancourt

Not Present at Vote: Bess Altwerger

Move that the open/close chart capacity utilization be at 100 percent(currently at 115 percent, APFO task force recommended 110 percent)

Motion by Christina Delmont-Small, second by Kirsten Coombs

Final Resolution:  Motion Carries

Yea:  Kirsten Coombs, Christina Delmont-Small, Mavis Ellis, Sandra French, Ananta Hejeebu, Cynthia Vaillancourt, Dr. Bess Altwerger

Some thoughts on AAC redistricting proposal

The AAC is still taking comments from the residents, but I am not sure how exactly certain comments are evaluated. Last night Polygon 147 (newly developed Centennial Overlook and 50 years old Woodland and Oak Hill) definitely showed up strong in the meeting room and their presence moved them back to Centennial High. Originally their neighborhood was moved to Wilde Lake High School.

I talked to several really concerned parent groups on the parking lot and here are my thoughts.

1) Walkers should stay walkers. Busing them away is wrong. We can move kids in many ways, but when HCPSS is short of funding, extra bus service will cost much more. Walkers are one of the core parts of a school district. Tearing that feelings of belongings apart is totally unnecessary and wrong.

2) Maintaining contiguous neighborhood’s stability is very important.

3) Now many over capacity schools are back to 100%. This actually creates new capacity for new housing developments there again. So those current over capacity schools will be filled up quickly again. Then what is the purpose of this redistricting?

4) Strong APFO is needed to avoid future redistricting chaos again. Show up in front of the County Council on September 11. Wear Yellow. The mess should stop now.

a) Reduce APFO capacity from 115% to 100%.

b) Remove the three year probation period. Right now if a project fails the APFO test at the first try, it will pass automatically without a second test after waiting for three years. This is the loophole.

c) Increase the developer fee.

 

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