Elementary Planning Initiative Update: Nottingham Listed as Potential Option School
Elementary Planning Initiative Update:
Nottingham Listed as Potential Option School
Last night the school board had a work session on the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and Elementary School Planning Initiative. The initial staff presentation and analysis lists Nottingham as a potential candidate to become an option school.
I have invited Lisa Stengel and/or her staff to come to Nottingham next week to present their analysis in person and answer questions/comments directly from the Nottingham community.
This initial analysis is quite surprising, since the majority of Nottingham is made up of walkers. The main rationale by staff was that Tuckahoe, Nottingham, and Discovery are very close to each other and a large portion of current Nottingham K-5 students would be part of the Tuckahoe and Discovery expanded walk zone (slide 29 of the presentation) and would make it very challenging to redraw boundaries when schools are so close together.
Staff determined that Tuckahoe (along with Jamestown, Abingdon and Oakridge) would remain neighborhood schools since they are in the corners of the county (slide 23 of the presentation).
Some initial questions/concerns:
This APS staff presentation and analysis are informational and preliminary, as state numerous times during the work session. No decisions were made or votes taken by school board members.
The staff presentation, draft analysis, and raw data are attached and are posted here:
You can watch the work session at:
The presentation and discussion start at 20:50 of the top/first 4/12/2018 link. The SB discussion and questions start at 1:14:25 of the work session video. Members did ask constructive questions and comments to staff.
If you have time, watch the work session - it is long, but gave context and was not as alarming as the written presentation alone. Reading the presentation and analysis alone, will set off alarms (and rightly so). The staff was not making its recommendation; rather putting forth its analysis and asking the school board what else they should be looking at.
APS staff will be holding "open office hours" on their initial presentation and analysis on:
I plan to attend Monday evening’s session. If you have specific questions about the information presented, or follow-up questions/comments please send them to me email@example.com or Simon Mouer, Public Affairs Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.