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Reorganization Committee Information From Superintendent Brown

Decisions by the board regarding direction to the Reorganization Committee after reflecting on the proposed strategic plan:

  1. Full day kindergarten at all schools.  The Board would like the Reorganization Committee to explore the opportunity to provide a full day kindergarten program for all students.
  2. Grandfather clause.  The community has provided consensus.  They would like current students to be grandfathered into their current school.  The Board of Education would like the Reorganization Committee to determine how to grandfather students into their current schools.  If not possible, the Board wants a compelling rationale why it would not work.
  3. Dual Language.  The School of Dual Language is a curriculum program school as opposed to a choice.  The board has affirmed that any reorganization recommendations include the School of Dual Language as it currently exists (K-5) and has asked for more information to be gathered from the DL community to determine whether there is community interest in expansion of the program to K-8.
  4. School Choice.  The Board of Education has agreed that the current state of school choice is not supported nor in alignment with the newly proposed strategic plan.  They are open to other choice possibilities in the future.  The Board is directing the Reorganization Committee to not maintain the current choice model in the reorganization plan.

 

Hawthorn Reorganization Committee Update

The Hawthorn Reorganization Committee has been organized and has met twice. During these first two meetings, the committee set meeting timetables and clarified the purpose of the group’s work.

As background, the Reorganization Committee was formed at the recommendation of the AYP Committee to the Board of Education. (More information about the work of the AYP Committee is available on the District website in the April archives.)  While the unfortunate AYP situation in the state and our own district was the catalyst for the formation of this committee, it has been evident that it is not the only reason for the work being done.

 

In general, the Reorganization Committee’s work is to analyze the design of the district and work to align our resources to equitably meet the needs of all of our students.

The committee will be inviting public input through surveys and public meetings before a recommendation is made to the Board. Please watch for information about those opportunities in the coming weeks.

Please explore more information and answers to frequently asked questions by exploring the link below.

Hawthorn Reorganization Committee