Questions & Answers

  • The questions asked during the meeting were recorded along with the answers, that information is below.

    • Is Hickory Hill anticipating a need for portables?
      • One of the goals of this move is to reduce the number of students at Hickory Hill so no portables will be needed. Currently there is one portable being used for art.
    • The kids in Pioneer View off of 66th and Centennial – where are they going to go?
      • Stanley Hall Elementary
    • Will this change the middle or high school?
      • The middle school and high school path will remain at La Vista Middle School and Papillion La Vista High School.
    • How long will transportation be provided?
      • Because Eagle Crest would have to cross Cornhusker Road to go to Rumsey Station, transportation will be provided indefinitely.
    • Any allowances for military families? Could military families opt out?
      • There is a one-year military boundary exception. We want the movement of our military families to be minimized. If we make a boundary change causing an active duty military family to be moved, additional times there may be an exception.  For additional information, contact the PLCS Student Service Department at 402-537-6200. 
    • If they were willing to provide their own transportation could they stay at Hickory Hill?
      • This is a suggestion that may be considered by the Board of Education.
    • Would student needs be communicated to the new school so they are placed appropriately? Unlike just being thrown in like new student?
      • Absolutely. The transition will look similar to that of moving from elementary school to middle school. Teachers from one school will communicate directly with teachers from the other school to be sure the needs of all students are being met. 
    • If a younger student is grandfathered in because of an older student – how long can they stay?
      • The current proposal is to grandfather the 5th grade students only. All siblings of 5th graders are not included in the current proposal.  Expanding grandfathering is one of the suggestions we have received through the input process and may be considered by the Board of Education.
    • What’s the benefit of the move if Rumsey Station will be have a higher student count?
      • Rumsey Station is a full 3 -unit school with the additional support classrooms for programing such as an art and science room. In fact, Rumsey Station has an additional gym so they are a school that can comfortably handle more than 500 students.  Moving Eagle Crest will only take the enrollment at Rumsey to 444.  That is still below their capacity. Rumsey Station has 26 classrooms and Hickory Hill has 22.
    • Will the student to teacher ratio be similar – would they add teachers to balance the numbers at Rumsey?
      • Teachers are added by grade level as needed to keep the student teacher ratio at a comfortable place. The average student teacher ratio in PLCS at the elementary is 21.05.
    • Would the bus stop stay the same?
      • The boundary proposal is not finalized therefore no arrangements for bus routes for next year have been discussed.
    • Is the opt-in option closed too? How many opted in kids are at Hickory Hill?
      • Option enrollment decisions are made based on the number of students in each grade level. The number of current option students are below.
        • K = 2
        • 1 = 3
        • 2 = 4
        • 3 = 4
        • 4 = 4
        • 5 = 5
        • 6 = 4
    • Is there an option for the opted in kids to leave first?
      • That is a suggestion that could be considered by the Board. However, there are some state laws guiding option enrollment.
    • Will there be a safety patrol for students to cross Cornhusker?
      • We do not encourage students to cross Cornhusker which is why transportation is being provided.   
    • If almost half of the 56 students are 5th graders and all of them opt to say at HH – what does that accomplish?
      • There are currently only 9 5th grade students.
    • If 5th graders choose to stay at HH – will they be given transportation?
      • The current proposal is that 5th grade students can stay at Hickory Hill but they will not be provided transportation.
    • Why wasn’t the new school built at Settlers Creek and why weren’t they at Rumsey Station in the first place since the school is closer?
      • The school was not built at Settlers Creek because as the number of elementary students were reviewed it was determined that we could serve all elementary students in the area and long range in the current elementary schools.
      • Eagle Crest was not assigned to Rumsey Station originally because it was overcrowded. Eagle Crest was built when the neighborhood around Rumsey Station was at its peak in enrollment growth. 
    • When will the decision about boundaries be final? Will it be emailed out? Or what will the communication be?
      • At the October 28 Board of Education meeting the Board will review all of the data collected and discuss the next steps. There will not be any action taken at that meeting.  The Board could vote on the proposal as early as November 11 Board meeting but that timeline has not been set.  The next steps and the timeline will be determined on October 28.  All information will be emailed to parents in the impacted areas.
    • When for the next school year – when is the date to opt in?
      • To option into the district from outside of the school district the deadline is March 15. To make an internal transfer request, which is used if you live in PLCS and want to attend a school other than the one you are assigned, the deadline is February 1.
    • Would Hickory Hill be an open or closed school for next year?
      • Hickory Hill would remain an open school under the current proposal.
    • Will there be a FAQ list sent out about what is the next step (regarding boundary changes)?
      • The next public discussion will take place at the Board of Education meeting on October 28 at 6:00 in the PLCS Central Office. At that meeting no action will be taken but the Board will determine next steps.  Following that meeting an updated email will be sent to all parents directly impacted by the decision.
    • Do they know the forecasting of number of students living in Eagle Crest? Last 5 years – have the numbers of students increased or decreased?
      • Through the facility study conducted by outside planning experts, we know the number of homes in each housing area and how many students attend PLCS from each home (.6 at elementary). We use those number to predict the growth of each area. Over the past 5 years the number of students in Eagle Crest has grown as the housing development has grown.
    • Does transportation mean bus or something else?
      • Transportation would be provided by a bus.
    • Are all the classrooms going to be used?
      • Until the final boundaries are approved and students are registered for the following year it is hard to predict exactly how many classrooms will be used.
    • Will kids that have opted in, be allowed to stay? If so, will we be allowed to move back?
      • Adjusting option students is one of the alternatives the Board could consider.  Currently, Hickory is open to option students, and in district transfers for anyone to apply.
    • What about students with special needs?
      • With programs and support systems being consistent across the school district it is unlikely that a student group would be grandfathered for a specific program.  However, the Board of Education is open to considering all feedback.  
    • Can we expand “grandfather clause” to families?
      • The Board of Education is open to considering all feedback.
    • Can allowances be made for families willing to transport?
      • The issue at hand is not a transportation issue, it is a capacity and enrollment balance issue between the two schools.
    • Does the “56” include incoming kindergarten?
      • No 56 is the number of current students at Hickory that live in Eagle Crest.
    • Can this start with kindergarten 2020?
      • The Board of Education is open to considering all feedback.
    • Has there been a study by someone outside the BOE that has looked at the traffic and safety in that neighborhood?
      • PLCS has not conducted a traffic study and generally does not do traffic studies.  Traffic falls under the city or county jurisdiction.
    • What’s the breakdown of kids that would be leaving?
      • The students that live in Eagle Crest and attend Hickory Hill are listed by grade level above.
    • Are either HH or RS a closed school/Full?
      • No, neither school is closed at the present time.
    • Will class sizes reduce?
      • Class sizes vary from year to year, school to school and class to class.  The District average has remained around 21 and there is no plan to grow or reduce the district average.
    • Will there be more teachers hired to help reduce class sizes?
      • There is a formula used to hire additional teachers, based on grade level, needs and number of students in each class.  This same formula will be used as students move from Hickory Hill to Rumsey Station.
    • What is the urgency of 56 students with starting next year?
      • The ultimate goal is to balance the enrollments in each school. 
    • What is determining our neighborhood as mature? We feel like our neighborhood is attracting new families with kids and turnover of houses happens very fast.
      • The neighborhoods around both Rumsey Station and Hickory Hill are mature, meaning we do not see massive growth coming from either neighborhood. Both neighborhoods have peaked in their growth and are now flattening out.  However, both neighborhoods are healthy and turnover with new families is occurring at a very steady rate. 
    • What happens when we fill up RS?
      • The current enrollment at Rumsey Station is 388 and if all students in Eagle Crest were moved immediately the school enrollment would be 444 which is still below the capacity of the school.
    • Of the 26 classrooms at RS, how many are not in use?
      • There are currently 19 regular ed classrooms at Rumsey Station and 21 regular ed classrooms at Hickory Hill are being used.  
    • Is there a transition plan for our students?
      • The transition for students during a boundary change is very important.  There is not a set plan currently because the proposal has not been finalized.  Once the proposal is finalized, a transition plan will be developed.  Historically, that transition plan may include visits and tours of schools, assigning mentors and an opportunity for parents to get involved in the school.
    • What are stats saying why we are overcrowded? What does that mean for program? Is it more about capacity than programs?
      • Hickory Hill is currently a full 3-unit school or three classes at each grade level.  However, the additional space for “programing” such as learning center and art and science as well as the gym capacity are not the same at Hickory Hill as they are at other schools.  The “programming” space is built to accommodate a full 3-unit school.  Therefore, from a programming space it is better if the enrollment size of Hickory Hill is below 3 classes at each grade level. 
    • Why them and not Settler’s Creek?
      • Feedback of looking at other options is certainly something the Board could consider.