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E. Rivers Elementary School


Demographic Study Guiding Principles (01/19/12)

Ranking of Priorities

Priority One
•  Propose boundaries that will be functional for 10 years based on forecasted enrollment.
•  Attempt to assign students to schools located closest to their homes. Allow K-8 students to walk where possible.  The proximity of ES’s to MS’s should be maximized.
•  Attempt to maximize/keep the school feeder concept intact. No more split feeders.  Clusters only.
•   When evaluating consolidation/closure scenarios and determining which facilities should be retained vs. closed, consideration should be given to minimizing disruption to established educational programming (retain existing IB programs, magnet schools, etc.)
•  Ensure student safety and transportation efficiency by using major highway corridors and geographic features as zone boundaries. Give weight to traffic patterns, energy efficiency, etc. Consider time spent on buses.
•  Assume NAHS capacity of 2400.
•  Minimize impacts on areas that have been redistricted within the last three years.
•  Recommend school consolidation/closures in areas where forecasted enrollment does not support multiple schools.
•  Attempt to avoid splitting neighborhoods. (Neighborhood boundaries are determined by generally accepted definitions used by the City of Atlanta).

Priority Two
•  Favor the retention of newer/larger facilities which have benefitted from recent capital investment in expansion or renovation.
•  Retain more accessible, less congested school sites which have better transportation access and can accommodate future long-term expansion beyond the forecast period of this study.
•  When consolidating, to the extent possible, avoid closing a high performing school to send children to a lower performing school.
•  Don’t eliminate an IB school within an IB cluster.
•  Retain ES splitting (K-3, 4-5) as a planning tool.
•  Consider SPLOST funded school expansions as a planning tool.
•  Be careful in moving students from high performing ES’s to low performing MS’s.
•   Balance current utilization of retained buildings to 80% to 90% of capacity.
•    In at least one model, minimize the number of transfers across the board.

Priority Three
•  Before closing a school, consider the robustness of its partner support.
•   No K-8 schools planning until Board reviews/resolves policy issues.
•   Eliminate the 9th Grade Academy as a stand alone facility.


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