Committee Considers New High School Reassignment Option
NRMPS staff and the Operations Research and Education Laboratory (OREd) presented a new high school reassignment scenario that considers student balance measures as well as decreasing the reassignment impact for high school students. Compared to the previous high school scenario, the new scenario lessens the reassignment impact by almost half and provides a closer alignment of student balance measures.
The previous scenario, presented at the April 30 Reassignment Committee meeting, was driven by proximity (distance from a school) and balancing building utilization district-wide. At this meeting, the Committee chose to take additional time to consider all impacts of such a scenario. On May 29, the Reassignment Committee discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the proximity/utilization plan and directed NRMPS staff and OREd to explore a new scenario that lessened reassignment impact and considered student balance metrics. Furthermore, the April 30 scenario split many middle school/high school feeders, which would result in students from a single middle school to be assigned to 2 or even 3 different high schools, depending on where they live.
The Reassignment Committee has been charged with exploring reassignment scenarios which attempt to address seven NRMPS Board of Education priorities: (1) Contiguous boundaries, (2) Respect neighborhoods, (3) Proximity to schools, (4) Modify feeder systems - consider the use of six middle school feeder systems instead of five, (5) Stay within enrollment capacities, (6) Consider anticipated growth, and (7) [Consider] enrollment balance [factors]. On May 29, Superintendent Jackson informed the Committee that he would ask the NRMPS BoE for clarification on priority #4. The Board responded with direction to consider a clean feeder system from middle school to high school. Analysis of these new middle school criteria is on-going and results will be presented at the June 25 Committee meeting.
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