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  • Oakland Unified School District

    Kaiser Elementary Expansion

    April 9, 2013 Community Feedback Presentation

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    v4

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    The district, in it’s efforts to establish a more sustainable set of schools, developed criteria to assess ALL schools in an attempt to identify schools for possible closure. The restructuring criteria identified Kaiser for consideration due to the following:

    • small size of the overall student body,

    • small facility capacity,

    • low density of school-age students in it’s neighborhood

    However, the Superintendent and the District Leadership Team, upon a more in depth review of Kaiser’s records identified:

    • high academic outcomes of students

    • rich diversity of the school community

    Therefore, the Superintendent and the District leadership recommended expanding Kaiser – at its’ current or alternate location – in order to serve a larger population. The aim of such effort is to both ensure the school’s long-term sustainability as well as expand access to its’ quality programs to a larger swath of the student population in the District

    • CA Distinguished School 2012:

    • Kaiser Elementary

    Purpose

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  • Parents

    Staff

    Central

    2

    Working Group

    • Community Meetings • Emails and Website Information

    • Staff Meetings

    Process

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  • Education and Curriculum Engaged Community • Diversity (ethnic / racial / socioeconomic / gay and lesbian / adopted / geographic). Known safe haven. We celebrate and acknowledge our differences.

    • High rate of parent volunteerism ranging from classroom to school community.

    • Welcoming of new families: ice cream social, summer –long play dates for incoming Kinder families

    • Dad’s club (for dad’s of all genders)

    Diverse and Dispersed

    Community

    • General meetings are paired with activities such as movie nights, science night, games and more alleviate concerns for child-care and solicit participation

    • Organizes potlucks for the purpose of coming together over a meal, meeting new people in the community and sharing/learning about our cultures.

    Active PTA

    • Parent-support of activities – from sports, to cleanup days, to gardening, to PTA fundraising events - have been, and continues to be, a unifying force in our school

    Financial Support / Fundraising

    • PTA, SSC, staff, students and families work hand-in-hand to support the school and its goals

    Working Together

    • Art as a subject • Music, art, performance arts (plays, opera and movement arts) incorporated into all subjects

    • Music: ORFF (K, 1st, 2nd) musical instruction and instruments (3rd, 4th, 5th)

    • Use of manipulatives that support different types of learning

    Integrated Arts Enrichment Curriculum

    • Second Step instruction • Roots of Empathy, a pilot program for the district • Support in the peer development • Support in conflict mediation • Removing conflict from the classroom as a source of distraction and diversion from learning

    Social-emotional Development: A

    Proactive and Aggressive

    Stance

    • California Distinguished School • Top API scores – our 2012 score is 845 • We are one of two schools with a population of >30% African American boys which meet the district achievement goal and we are both mandated to expand (Burckhalter is the other)

    • Of this population, we exceed district goals that are set for grade levels 2-5

    Educational Achievement

    High Quality, Unique Option

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    Off-Site Expansion

    • Evaluation of District Facility Inventory based on minimum facility demand

    • Review of Kaiser Elementary School Community Report; developed by parents, outlining concerns associated with school relocation. Notable Considerations: • Safety • Fiscal Implications • Enrollment Implications • School Diversity

    DETERMINATION: Viability Not Supported at this time: • No comparable alternative options currently available • No comparable alternative available options foreseeable w/in next two years.

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  • On-Site Expansion

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    DETERMINATION: Physical Viability Supported: • Two expansion scenarios developed providing classroom capacity for growth (including addressing ADA issues) • Amenities upgrades – playground development, additional meeting space and storage, gardening enhancements • Existing facility improvements • Facility Master Plan Budget contemplates expansion costs On Site Advantages: • Increased Space dedicated to Arts / Music • Increased Space for Counseling / Small Group Meeting • Play Space Upgrades and Improvements • Campus-wide beautification

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    Expansion Process

    Continued Engagement… Growth Over-time…

    Parents

    Staff

    Central

    The facility and program design and roll-out process will continue to involve the school community.

    Kinder

    2018-19

    2017-18

    2016-17

    2015-16 Current Kaiser

    Program

    New Kinder Class

    Future growth is one class at a time

    added to kinder and growing with the school each year.

    Proposal is NOT to add additional students ALL AT ONCE

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    4th

    5th

    2014-15

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    Outstanding Factors

    NEXT STEPS: May, 2013 – Dec, 2013: Research, Problem Solve, Plan - Network principals / staff of similar schools - Follow-up staff engagement - Strategic site planning support - Promote school’s unique attributes to families

    Outstanding Factor #2

    Teaching staff concerns re: impact of expansion CONCERNS (to date): • Impact on collaborative planning at same time • Impact on multi-purpose room for assemblies • Impact on PTA fundraising • Loss of single lunch period for students and staff • Likelihood of not sustaining enrollment

    Outstanding Factor #1

    NEXT STEPS: • Monitor 2013-14 enrollment results thru Fall 2013 • Assess enrollment appeals outcomes • Review results of enrollment confirmations • Review data and other sources to identify trends in demand

    Evidence of increased enrollment demand STATUS: Kaiser has… • Met 2013-14 projections based on assignments • Numerous appeals requests for 2013-14 • Increased visibility through PTA efforts • Participating actively in enrollment verification for 2013-14

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    Tentative Timeline

    MAY • Board Presentation • Staff Considerations Strategies

    JUNE • BOE Facilities Utilization Priorities (1st Reading) • Staff Considerations Strategies

    AUG • BOE Facilities Utilization Priorities (2nd Reading)

    SEPT • Monitor Enrollment Trend-Demand • Staff Considerations Strategies

    OCT • Establish Enrollment Trend-Demand • Establish Proposal for Staff Considerations

    DEC • Propose Expansion Timeline OR • Await Further Evidence of Enrollment Demand

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    Expanding Quality…

    Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. - John Ruskin

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    Slide Number 1 Purpose Process High Quality, Unique Option Slide Number 5 On-Site Expansion Expansion Process Outstanding Factors Tentative Timeline Expanding Quality…

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