At the presentation, parents were divided into small groups and asked to provide the strengths, concerns, suggestions and questions they had about the proposal. The data collected in those breakout rooms is below typed directly as reported in the room.
After hearing the presentation, what do you think are the strengths of the boundary proposal?
- If there are 600 at PQ and 400 at Portal, then the boundary proposal would balance enrollment.
- Ultimately, our neighborhoods feed to Monarch; so, we will be back at a school that feeds to Monarch.
- Opportunity for meeting new people, creating wider networks of friends.
- Education and transportation are strengths in PLCS.
- Closest school to Portal Ridge is Portal
- Closer proximity to friends
- Will be with friends through high school
- Smaller class size (potential) *But not sure
- Alleviating burden on PQ
- Puts student in Portal Ridge closer to elementary school (Portal)
- Transportation provided
- Nice to keep neighborhoods together
- Aware of size at PQ
- Nice to have school closer to PO
- Transportation provided – safety
- Put students back into a bigger peer group by going back to Portal then to LVMS instead of LMS before going to PLHS.
Now let's shift our thoughts to what do you see as concerns regarding the proposed boundary change?
- We moved to PQ because Portal was overcrowded at the time; feel like “popcorn kids.”
- Students who were Monarchs have changed to Titan community; and, it will be difficult for them to transition back.
- Students are very upset; in tears.
- Our neighborhoods feel singled out…in a short amount of time…to be affected by this. It is hard.
- Probably 75% or so of 113 students will come from Portal Ridge. It seems as though that decision has already been made. Almost feel lied to about the presentation being a proposal.
- Families that may be affected the most have been trying to find a neighborhood that feeds into PQ, Liberty, Titan to keep the consistency for students. However, they cannot discern the exact boundaries & consistent plan.
- Feels like the district could have planned for this transition much sooner.
- Perception that North Shore HOA was granted a “golden ticket” because of their concerted effort to get a guarantee.
- Multiple moves for the same neighborhood
- Middle school has largest class size (LVMS)
- Well being of special needs students
- Students’ well being with moving
- Shift of class size from PQ o Portal. Still large number at Portal with 500 projected students.
- Students in multiple elementary buildings
- Consistency of friendships through middle school and high school.
- New elementary school was set to alleviate PQ so thought staying here, votes were swayed, key factor, specifically said to relieve over-crowing at PQ, voted with that in mind
- Seems like building will quickly be at capacity again
- More concerned about middle and high school boundaries
- Want to know more about middle school boundaries
- Students with special needs, such as anxiety. Don’t want these children to be lost in the transition process.
- Kids club is currently full at PQ. Wondering about Portal?
- New school will be in same situation as PQ.
- 2nd time in 5 years neighborhood has been moved
- Kids Club – right now PQ is on a waiting list. Worried there will be the same problem at Portal and we won’t get priority because we are moving to PO
- Relationships with friends at PQ
- Not fair to them to move without having a choice
- Neighborhoods being moved numerous times
- Only 5th graders grandfathered, and siblings have to move
- If 5th grader goes back to PO, they would have been in 3 schools. Started in PO, moved to PQ and now moved back to PO
- My daycare may not pick up from Portal like they do at PQ
- Love the staff, admin and community at PQ
- I’m not directly affected by the changes, but we are because my kids are because it is their friends that are being moved.
- Middle school would change from LMS to LVMS
- Will lose part of our community. Those moving are huge supporters and volunteers at PQ
- Perception of PLCS, people won’t want to move in if they think they will move schools numerous times.
- If our neighborhoods keep getting bigger, we will need bigger schools
- Large class sizes as they move through to LVMS
As you listed to the presentation and heard the strengths and concerns shared in this room… Are there suggestions you have to make the proposal better?
- Could next year’s 5th and 6th grade students be grandfathered in? (Students are proud to “open a school.”)
- Could siblings of 5th graders also be grandfathered in?
- For future growth purposes, long-term transition plans would be appreciated. “As of this date, you are Monarch or Titan.”
- Survey/poll of who would be willing to move to Portal.
- Thoughtful decisions at Portal to place PQ students in classrooms together
- Consider giving people in the selected neighborhood the option to choose
- Don’t move the middle school attendance site for our neighborhood. Keep Liberty for Portal Ridge.
- Should take a look at Patriot. It seems to be the smallest chunk of space on the map. (PQ’s area is expansive.)
- Keep existing kids at PQ and let new students go to Portal. Keep original families at PQ. New families move to Portal.
- Grandfather siblings in (They already have PQ gear.)
- Can’t split families.
- Give existing families choice of PQ or PO.
- Should be able to take more than 64 kids at new school.
- Look at larger elementary buildings instead of smaller and more movement.
- Grandfather students to allow them to remain. Grandfather family unit.
- Utilize portables (along with grandfathering)
- Consider high school destinations and peer groups in decision making.
- Don’t move Andover Point and Harrison Hills due to small number of students there
- Provide notice in new housing developments of potential boundary movement/boundaries
- Start boundary conversations earlier.