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Should have also been stated that the Dakota Ridge meet was a major meet with 32 schools including large Denver area schools.
Thus, Maggie Congdon's win in the 1,600 was very impressive. Colorado Milesplit has that as 18th fastest in all of Colorado for HS girls this year. She won a close race against top competition. Winter Boese won her heat, but it was a slower heat so she finished "only" 7th.
Ben Kelley posted an impressive time in his win that he won by a large margin. His time is ranked 8th fastest in Colorado HS boys. Would have been something if he had been at Dakota Ridge because there is where 2 of the times faster than his were recorded.
What seems to be the most highly kept secret in this district is what is the actual class size of average numbers of students in a classroom. Even the Educational Fund Board which has given millions to the district for smaller class sizes has ZERO information on what is current class size and what it would be without their funding.
District frequently uses the ratio of having 17 students per teachers, or a lower number of education professionals to students, but I have been unable to find a single reference to number of students in a classroom per teacher. The difference is that not every teacher or education professional teaches every period of every day. That teachers typically get a prep period and so on.
I note that SCE is planning not to use modular classrooms for classes and so is choosing to have an average class size of 22 next Fall. Apparently, that is as low as SSSD can afford to go for elementary schools. So then with 24 classrooms, SPE's capacity with best that district can do, 22 students per classroom, then SPE's capacity is 528.
Meanwhile, looking at a floor diagram of SSMS also reveals that it is a blatant lie to say it's capacity is 550. The claimed count of 22 classrooms (of target 25 class size) only counts the rooms dedicated in a wing to a particular grade. it ignores the art, shop, language and music classrooms. Considering that SSMS students take 2 of those classes a day then those classrooms certainly count. So there are 26 or so classrooms at SSMS and capacity is thus about 650.
At this point, I don't care what CC4E recommends, it is based upon lies from the district. District doesn't have enough money to achieve class size targets regardless of classroom availability. District has lied for years on what is SSMS capacity.
And district lies explain their OOD policy of admitting students into schools that they claim are overcrowded because the schools are not overcrowded. The claimed capacity of SCE 460, SPE 480 and SSMS 550 comes from the 2014 Western Demographics report which was a crude attempt to sell the public on the need for Overlook. Looking at district enrollment policies before and after that lays bare those claimed capacities are lies to convince the public that there is an overcrowding crisis. While all this time district's internal numbers have much higher capacities and so they are willing to accept OOD students up to the point of risking reaching enrollment numbers that would cause problems.
I note that CC4E has gotten to this point of presentations without having penetrated the district's lies on capacity. Adjust the presentation for the district's lies and there is no capacity issue for years. All that remains is a documented lack of HS science classrooms and SPE's gym that can't be used half the day because it is also the cafeteria.
I note that with what was presented in school board meeting that all of CC4E current pathways become questionable. That Montessori is doing better than expected. And that district doesn't have financial resources to reduce class size to target even as they project available Fall 2017 elementary school classroom space.
I think only part of what had been presented that wasn't just completely undermined by admin and school board is add a pod of HS science classrooms and changing SPE so that gym isn't also cafeteria.
Oh, I just figured out one way that this school admin has messed up CC4E and the public.
School capacity is calculated by multiplying number of classrooms by desired class size. Thus, it has been possible for SSSD to operate schools above capacity by increasing the average class size above target. So the story the district has been telling the public and CC4E is that class size is higher than target because of a lack of classrooms and the schools are overcrowded.
And yet, as elementary school enrollment drops then they planning on reducing teaching staff and keeping about the same student teacher ratio. Thus, class size being over target is revealed as being district's financial plan, not the result of a lack of classrooms.
So here we are at this late date learning that district has, in practice, a larger class size target than previously claimed. And thus the capacity of schools are much closer to current enrollment that previously claimed lower capacity.
That also explains the district's Out of District enrollment policy because, in reality according to district's finances, the schools are not overcrowded That the district is already running a deficit at current class sizes and thus needs more students to increase the class size to help balance their budget.
The above reasoning could be viewed as speculation as long as the "overcrowded" schools had a lack of classrooms. Now with elementary enrollment decreasing, this could allow district to reduce class size. Instead, they are planning to stop using the modular classrooms at SCE and keep class size about the same.
This is apparently also the background behind the Educational Fund Board going to last week's BoE meeting to talk about class size. That SCE is moving 5th from modular classrooms to classes inside the building and is planning on having 4 classes of 26 or 27 students. Not 5 classes of 21 or 22 students using a modular classroom.
That SCE has a capacity of 460 is also not true according to what the district stated in the Monday meeting as they say SCE has 25 teaching rooms and 460 number is based upon having 23 teaching rooms. Even with a target class size of 20 then SCE has a capacity of 500.
So we have reached this late point in the process for determining facility needs only to determine that district has been lying the whole time about school size capacity. That district financially cannot decrease class size to the target and doesn't need extra elementary school classrooms. That capacity of SCE is not 460 as claimed, but due to financial limitations of district is closer to 560 because financially possible elementary school class size is closer to 23 than 20.
It is just crazy that we are this deep into the process and now district is revealed as lying about school capacity and demonstrating financial inability to use available classrooms to reduce class size closer to target.
I suppose Whistler parcel could be made into a mobile home park so that it could be used for housing until the parcel is needed for housing. Though, I have doubts that the neighborhood would accept that.
Wow, my comment on this was deleted. I guess not allowed to wonder if editorial was written under the influence of 4/20 drugs.
Anyway, a truly daft editorial.
A school district dealing with a lack of a classroom space does not need to be converting viable school sites into housing. Presenting ideas on how district parcels could be used for housing just makes issues of lack of classroom space worse and harder to solve.
Whistler is a viable site for a neighborhood elementary school. Maybe not right now with the 2012-2014 drop in births and Montessori opening, but definitely in the future. Also, resort area may see a trend of full time residents moving in and some complexes having fewer vacation rentals with how housing prices are increasing faster than rental pricing. So school district is well served having a parcel that is viable for a mountain area school.
SB II parcel has same issues as all other west side development proposals, but worse as WSSAP states that future development is to occur via annexed city limits and then moving west.
Ironically, the one parcel not mentioned is the one not usable as a school, the 7th St parcel with the large lawn. But then that is viewed as if a public park.
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Kansas appears to have hurt the state's economy by cutting taxes as it reduced services enjoyed by the public. The cuts to public education appears to discouraged professional people that care about their children's education from moving to Kansas and instead encourage some of them to leave. It also appears that some of the government spending in Kansas was stimulative.
I will not be so bold to propose that taxes should be set to get the maximum tax revenues according to the Laffer Curve. Maximum revenues for government is not something that I see as a worthwhile goal.
The above should not be taken as meaning I know what CC4E will or should recommend. There are so many moving pieces right now with the Montessori and period of reduced births that it isn't a simple matter of obviously adding capacity.
Kevin worked too hard and long for me to be willing to criticize him for resigning. I also give him credit for resigning without attempting to blowing up CC4E by blaming CC4E members still involved on the process.
I think there is sufficient talent and hardworking members of CC4E that it can reach a successful conclusion despite Kevin's resignation. Kevin's work will form a foundation for whatever CC4E finally recommends.
In hindsight, it was probably a mistake for Kevin to be a primary presenter of the Pathways. That was a lot of work, stress and it meant criticisms of pathways and their justifications became mixed with criticism of Kevin's presentation style and what was perceived as his personal preferences. Probably would have been better to have a larger team of presenters so that it was not associated with one person.
I think Kevin's resignation can prove to be beneficial as it is a wake up call to admin, BoE and CC4E that this can become a disaster with groups able to split off and oppose any ballot measure.
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