Redistricting Feedback

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REDISTRICTING OVERVIEW:
In preparation for the opening of Hopewell Elementary and Walden Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year, and in order to balance our very different high school enrollments, we will be redistricting all of our attendance boundaries, from elementary through high school.

Redistricting will help us continue to be one of the best districts around by protecting our low class sizes and making sure we can balance our resources.

Redistricting info on district website


REDISTRICTING DECISION:
At its Thursday, Dec. 13 meeting, the Park Hill Board of Education voted to approve a recommendation for redistricting our school attendance area boundaries. The new boundaries will take effect with the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The scenario came from the redistricting committee, which started meeting in August to develop a recommendation to the Board. The committee came up with dozens of different ideas and listened to thousands of comments from the public, both online and in person. Using that feedback, the committee chose a final recommendation and created a list of adjustments for staff to consider. District administrators made as many of those changes as possible while still meeting the Board’s criteria.

Board-Approved Scenario for Redistricted Boundaries

The Board also approved the staff recommendation for grandfathering, allowing some students to remain at their current schools:

  • The Board will allow families of students who are currently in fourth, ninth, 10th and 11th grades to choose to remain at their current school.
  • Transportation will be the responsibility of the family.
  • Grandfathering will not apply to these students' siblings.
  • High-school families will need to make a decision to remain at the school before February 1, 2019 and elementary families will need to decide by March 1, 2019.
  • Students must meet district residency and attendance requirements.

Responding to concerns from some families about making sure students who have greater needs receive the resources they need, Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd said, “Our district and school leaders have been working to address these issues. To ensure that we are responsive to our community, I will be working with my administrative team to take an even deeper look at the equitable balance of resources across our schools, with the goal of ensuring that we meet the academic and behavioral needs of all students at all of our schools.”



REDISTRICTING OVERVIEW:
In preparation for the opening of Hopewell Elementary and Walden Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year, and in order to balance our very different high school enrollments, we will be redistricting all of our attendance boundaries, from elementary through high school.

Redistricting will help us continue to be one of the best districts around by protecting our low class sizes and making sure we can balance our resources.

Redistricting info on district website


REDISTRICTING DECISION:
At its Thursday, Dec. 13 meeting, the Park Hill Board of Education voted to approve a recommendation for redistricting our school attendance area boundaries. The new boundaries will take effect with the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The scenario came from the redistricting committee, which started meeting in August to develop a recommendation to the Board. The committee came up with dozens of different ideas and listened to thousands of comments from the public, both online and in person. Using that feedback, the committee chose a final recommendation and created a list of adjustments for staff to consider. District administrators made as many of those changes as possible while still meeting the Board’s criteria.

Board-Approved Scenario for Redistricted Boundaries

The Board also approved the staff recommendation for grandfathering, allowing some students to remain at their current schools:

  • The Board will allow families of students who are currently in fourth, ninth, 10th and 11th grades to choose to remain at their current school.
  • Transportation will be the responsibility of the family.
  • Grandfathering will not apply to these students' siblings.
  • High-school families will need to make a decision to remain at the school before February 1, 2019 and elementary families will need to decide by March 1, 2019.
  • Students must meet district residency and attendance requirements.

Responding to concerns from some families about making sure students who have greater needs receive the resources they need, Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd said, “Our district and school leaders have been working to address these issues. To ensure that we are responsive to our community, I will be working with my administrative team to take an even deeper look at the equitable balance of resources across our schools, with the goal of ensuring that we meet the academic and behavioral needs of all students at all of our schools.”



CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • While there is a Board policy that allows Seniors to grandfather into their current school after redistricting, I'm wondering how students going into 10th or 11th are affected, especially considering students in the band, athletes or others actively involved at their current high school. Is there consideration for keeping those students at their current schools through graduation? How would a switch affect college scholarships/acceptance?

    Krista W asked 10 months ago

    The Board will receive a recommendation from staff about this at the Dec. 6 meeting, and the Board is scheduled to vote on it at its Dec. 13 meeting.

  • Where can I find information on each schools capacity? Thanks.

    Robin Henley asked 10 months ago

    On the district website, we annually post a demographic profile that includes this kind of information.

    Demographic Profile

  • I would also be interested in finding out how to request grandfathering. My son is currently attending Renner

    Katherine Hilt asked 10 months ago

    The Board will consider the question of grandfathering as a separate question once it has decided on the redistricting of the boundaries.

  • What is the best way to address the board about general considerations and comments on redistricting. These comments are not scenario specific but things I would like the board to keep in mind when selecting the final scenario.

    Tia Tenbrink asked 10 months ago

    Special Board of Education Meeting 
    7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the district office
    The Board will consider the committee’s recommendation and listen to comments from community members who choose to attend and speak. As it always does during public comments at Board meetings, the Board will ask people to keep their remarks to three minutes and to speak only about things that other speakers have not already covered. Board members do not respond to comments or questions during these public meetings, but the Board can direct staff members to connect with people who have questions.

    Board of Education Meeting 
    7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at the district office
    The Board is scheduled to vote on the committee’s redistricting recommendation and on the staff’s recommendations about grandfathering. This will be part of the Board’s regular meeting, which always includes opportunities for public comment. We will send out an email to the community right away Wednesday evening, letting everyone know what the Board decided.

  • For those of us that live in a neighborhood that includes students from both Park Hill and Platte County R-3 school districts, is there any reason to worry that Platte Co students may be redistricted to have to go to Park Hill schools now? Thanks.

    Kristen C. asked 10 months ago

    No, we are only working on the boundaries within Park Hill between our schools. Our boundaries with other school districts will stay the same.

  • I have been informed that in evaluating enrollment balance criteria, the committee was provided with enrollment targets for each school. What is the enrollment target for each elementary and each middle school in the district?

    Chris asked 10 months ago

    The committee used enrollment targets of 471 at nine elementary schools, and 515 at two elementary schools (Union Chapel and Graden). This was based on the location of district-wide special programs that are planned to use regular education classrooms within the nine elementary schools. The middle school targets varied based upon the high school scenario in which the schools fed (the high school boundaries were drawn first). The middle school targets varied around approximately 680 students.

  • Doesn't the state give more financial help to buildings that have 40% free and reduced lunches? While trying to keep the schools more economically balanced, are we losing state funding?

    Shannon Bailey asked 10 months ago

    The state of Missouri does weight special populations, such as free-and-reduced-lunch enrollment, within the state foundation formula. The weighting is done based upon district enrollment counts and not at the school building level. Park Hill School District’s free and reduced lunch count is not high enough as a school district to qualify for the additional funding from the state.

  • Based on feedback posted to this site and feedback about the first public input meeting, it is clear that Park Hill families are extremely vested in their children's future within the school district as they should be. How is the communities feedback and input going to be addressed with respect to improving the redistricting scenarios? These are very important decisions and outcomes the committee and Board will be projecting on our youth and our families voices should count for something.

    Jan asked 10 months ago

    The redistricting committee, the Board of Education and senior administrators are all listening to the feedback here on Park Hill Listens and at our open houses. They will use the feedback to decide how to move forward in December.

  • Can you post the current map with the data sheets. I feel like a lot of people don't realize that many of us already do drive past other elementary schools to get to our current one. I love that there aren't random pockets and cut outs and that the lines are much more cleanly drawn than what we currently have. I think some people don't realize the current map.

    JK asked 10 months ago

    Here is the boundary locator tool from our district website, which shows the current boundaries. Hope this helps!

  • For the 4 final scenarios, will the scores be posted for each in total and by individual criteria 1-5 for enrollment balance, distance to school, economic balance, maintain subdivision, an minimize attendance changes prior to Friday when input can be given by the community?

    Rebecca Rose asked 10 months ago

    UPDATED RESPONSE:
    We had several requests like yours, so we are going to provide this data after all. We are preparing this information about how each scenario does in each of the Board's criteria, and we will post it as soon as it is available. 
  • How will summer school 2019 be handled for elementary students? Will students attend their 2018-2019 boundary school? Or the new one? My son will be in Kindergarten next year, will he attend our current elementary school for summer school? Will he have kindergarten round up at our current school or the new boundary school (if it's different). Will Hopewell be open for summer school? Thank you!

    Angie asked 11 months ago

    We are working on the answers to these good questions! When we put out information about summer school and kindergarten this spring, we will be sure to include the answers.

    We can tell you that we don't expect Hopewell to be open in time for summer school, so we will make a plan for that school.

  • This is our first experience with a redistricting that would include brand new schools and some of the plans have us at the new elementary. The possibility of moving from Chinn (which is a well established, award winning school) to a brand new school brings a variety of concerns. What plan is being used to ensure the new elementary is staffed by highly engaged and well-experienced teachers and administrators? What will be done to accelerate / kick-start the school culture/identity, PTA, etc?

    John asked 10 months ago

    The principal at Hopewell Elementary will be Dr. Melissa Hensley, who is currently the highly successful principal of Renner Elementary. Dr. Hensley has already begun the work of establishing a culture of excellence at Hopewell. Park Hill is fortunate to be able to attract the best teachers and support staff in the area to each of our schools, and we have the same, consistent, rigorous curriculum at each school. As a district, we have been working since this past summer with the District Council PTA to prepare strong PTAs for each of schools.

  • When will parents receive the final decision on the redistricting boundaries? End of December? And how will this news be delivered? Mail, email, phone call??

    Marla Lee asked 10 months ago

    The Board is scheduled to vote on the redistricting at its Dec. 13 meeting. We will send out information right after that meeting, so that people can see the final boundary map right away. But we will also send out personalized messages to each family later. We are still developing this communication plan to make sure everyone gets notice.

  • I keep reading in the FAQs about 5th graders being grandfathered in, but my concern is with my HIGH SCHOOLERS- I have a Freshman and Junior that have lettered at PHS- my junior currently has a letter jacket and a class ring for PHS and we are in being redistricted anyway you slice it. Since he will be a Senior next year and drives to school, is there/will there be consideration for them to stay at PHS?

    karisma asked 10 months ago

    There is a Board policy that says that seniors will not be forced to move. However, the Board will need to decide how to handle younger students. We will be sure to share that information as soon as the Board decides.

  • Is it true the distance question is measured based on "as the crow flies" and not on the road? How does that make any sense at all other than the school district attempting to basically ignore distance to school as a factor?

    Chris asked 11 months ago

    We do not have the time or money to develop bus routes for each scenario, so the "as the crow flies" distance is our best option. Although there are other factors, such as roads, we found that these factors apply to every area equally, so this is a reasonable alternative. 

    Measuring distance this way also allows us to see whether students are attending the school closest to them.

  • Will the elementary boundaries line up with the middle and high school boundaries? There are a few places in the current map that cause kids to get split from most/all of their friends as they move up.

    Brian Turner asked 11 months ago

    Unfortunately, because there will be 11 elementary schools feeding into four middle schools next year, it is mathematically impossible for the committee to find an option where no elementary boundaries will be split. 

  • Hi! I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction to see the two final scenarios they mentioned in the update tonight, A06 and B07? Thank you!

    SaraS asked 11 months ago

    The redistricting committee's page here on Park Hill Listens has these high-school and middle-school maps and the associated data sheets. This page is open for public viewing, but only the committee members can participate in the conversation there. There will be a public input opportunity for the community to give feedback on K-12 scenarios, once the committee creates those and selects the best ones.

  • In looking at the two high school redistricting options in the meeting documents, it appears Lake Waukomis and Platte Woods are not included in any of the color blocks. Based on these two options, where would students in these cities attend high school? Thanks, Mari Rydings

    Mari Rydings asked 12 months ago

    Sorry if the map was confusing! Here is the key:

    • Red means the area moves from Park Hill South to Park Hill High School
    • Dark purple means the area moves from Park Hill High School to Park Hill South
    • Light purple means the area remains at Park Hill South
    • No color means the area remains at Park Hill High School
    So, since Lake Waukomis and Platte Woods were in the area with no added color, they would remain at Park Hill High School in those scenarios.

  • My son is a junior at PHS. Will he be allowed to graduate from there if our boundaries change?

    Lisa Lorenzetti asked 12 months ago

    In the last few redistrictings, when we opened elementary schools, the Board allowed fifth graders to be “grandfathered” and remain at their current schools, although their siblings could not stay and their families had to provide transportation. This time, after the Board decides about the attendance areas, it will consider how to handle requests to grandfather students, whether they are elementary, middle or high-school students.