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Public Comments/Questions Regarding Analysis of Conneaut middle schools-

March 23, 2018

The Nine Board of Directors of the Conneaut School District are interested in hearing from the public regarding the analysis of the middle schools.  Each Board of Directors contact information (phone, email, etc.) is available at this link    http://www.conneautsd.org/districtBoardEd.aspx

Group School Board email is sboard@conneautsd.org

Please submit any questions or comments to any of them by April 30, 2018 for this first phase of analysis. 

Here are the options the Superintendent proposed-

1.  Leave the setup of the district as it is

2.  Move 5th grade back to the elementary schools and have 6, 7, 8 at CVMS

3.  Move 5th grade back to the elementary schools and have 6, 7, 8 at CLMS

4.  Move 5th and 6th back to the elementary schools and have 7, and 8 at Alice Shafer

Information collected during the previous high school consolidation, reviewed by the BUSS committees in 2012/2013 has been posted under the Links section to the right of the Home Section. Additional information will be posted as it is pulled from the archives.

As noted at the March 20, 2018 Additional Work Session, Mrs. Dorothy Luckock Board President provided the following timeline;

  1. Public Question/Comment Period provided until the end of April to get any questions/comments to any of the 9 elected board members.  Which can be via phone call, email, in person, or "snail" mail.  The Board of Directors ask that any letters sent to please sign their letter.  
    1. If a group such as was done by CLMS PTO wants to have a civil, organized listening session - that is up to you- to collect and organize information but would not be a question and answer session - as it would not be an official public meeting of the board.
  2. Each board member is to compile the list of information that they have been given and turn in to the President at the May 2, 2018 work session, if not before.
  3. The President will then prepare a single compiled list by no later than the May 9th voting meeting to present to the entire board and superintendent.
  4. The Superintendent would then "divide" up the areas to the appropriate administrators, etc. for information collection and analysis.
  5. The board would then in June, July and August be reviewing that information as we move forward.
  6. As was noted, during this same timeframe we would provide information to the public as follow up to review.  The follow up is in regards to questions and concerns submitted by the public along with any follow up as needed.
  7. Superintendent would make recommendation to the Board at the September 4, 2018 Work Session.
  8. Based on Superintendent's recommendation - if his recommendation has a change or involves the closing of a building, then a mandated public hearing would be scheduled for October.  This provides the public time between the recommendation and the public hearing to review the information presented and develop any questions or comments.
  9. Based on the date of the hearing the state then requires a 90 day "cooling off" period before any vote can take place on this matter.  This also gives another opportunity/timeframe for the public to contact the Board of Directors with any questions or comments; as well as provides the Board time to take into consideration any of the public input prior to a vote.
  10. A vote on the Superintendent's recommendation would then be held in Jan. or Feb. 2019 (based on the actual date of the October hearing).
  11. This would give ample time, if any changes would be occurring for the 19/20 school year, to notify staff and prepare for any adjustments. 

In addition, the Superintendent and the School Board President will pursue options for an outside consultant and what costs could be associated with their service(s).

Jarrin Sperry/Superintendent

Dorothy Luckock/Board President

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