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NUSD Boundaries Recommendations

Recommendations for new boundaries for elementary, middle and high schools are being made at next week's special Board meeting.

Hot off the presses -- or hot off the web, as it were -- come the recommendations being presented by Novato Unified School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, March 13, beginning at 6 p.m.

The recommendations come from the work done by consultant Jack Schreder & Associates in conjunction with the NUSD-created Facilities Planning Committee comprised of district employees, parents, site staff and Board members.

What's being recommended?

1.  Grandfather in all students at their current schools.

2.  Use Scenario A boundaries for middle and high schools. (The map in the uploaded PDF shows the boundaries.)

3.  Transition Rancho into a neighborhood school.

4.  Create a more limited boundary for Rancho, allowing it to have space for neighborhood students and non-neighborhood students.

Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves. And at the Board meeting Tuesday.

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Edwin Drake March 18, 2012 at 06:00 AM
It's easier to read the blog if people don't "reply to" and instead just place comments at the bottom of the posts. Just my 2cents.
Tina McMillan March 18, 2012 at 07:22 PM
We do need change that will address areas where students are struggling but that change will not occur as a result of shuffling schools or redistributing groups of students that have not been able to meet No Child Left Behind standards. For example, we could avoid program improvement status by rejecting title I funds. Right now Loma Verde, Lynwood and Hamilton are in PI as was Hill. Reading through the budget and the funding process the glaring problem is with ADA requirements. What business develops a budget around "attendance"? What school can survive if its funding is based on how often children get sick? If we had a budget based on registered students we might not have to pink slip teachers every year. And if the state would repay the tax dollars it has withheld we would be able to pay our teachers a living wage.
Tina McMillan March 18, 2012 at 07:23 PM
continued As far as handing over Novato to the county that opens up a whole other host of problems. Novato has one of the largest districts in the county. Next to San Rafael we have the largest population of English language learners. We need to assess other programs that are successfully educating ELL and ED kids and model ourselves after them. The only one I could find to date is in Victorville CA. It is called 6th Street Prep School. Over 90% of their students are ED. It is primarily a school for ELL students. It is not language immersion but a hybrid that provides all education occur from 8am until 3pm. It reminds me of elementary school in Ohio in the sixty's. If this program is as successful as it looks on paper we could set up a comparable model here in Novato. We could keep Rancho, Lynwood GATE, Waldorf Charter; all successful models. The reality is that we don't need to fight amongst ourselves; we do need a board and a superintendent that are willing to move beyond status quo. Their lack of vision, e.g., the $88,000 spent on a boundary study, is what holds us back.
Tina McMillan March 18, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Thanks for the reminder!
Tina McMillan March 18, 2012 at 07:36 PM
http://www.marin.edu/ivc/index.html From what I have read IVC does not belong to Novato, it belongs to Marin Community College District. It isn't a freebie as far as relocating the High Schools to one campus. COM is implementing ongoing plans to revitalize the campus. You should check out the newest building. Though aesthetically bland, practically speaking it is wonderful. The classes include a fantastic multimedia/digital arts program that dovetails with MSA. Here is a sample of what programs they offer: "Over the past four years College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus (IVC) has served as a vital resource for workforce training featuring a variety of programs, including Solar Technology, Automotive Technology, Automotive Collision Repair Technology (ACRT), Environmental Landscaping and Organic Farming, Water Management, Administration of Justice, Business, Business Office Systems, Computer Information Systems, Court Reporting, Dental Assisting, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Medical Technician, Machine and Metals Technology, Medical Assisting, Multimedia, and the Marin Regional Simulation Center. These programs provide high-quality learning opportunities for students of all ages interested in pursuing a career."

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