Thanks to some clever eyes, I got to the Work Session on time (well, they started 15 minutes late so it worked for me). I grabbed the handouts and sank in my seat. Well, I started to sink lower as I read. Excuse the middle school jargon but OMG! Now, wait, it's not bad news but this Powerpoint (down the page under Past Meetings) was one of the most data-heavy I have ever seen and that wasn't even with the presentation. Honestly, I think without some explanation it may not be easy to understand.
I'm tired and don't have the energy now (and I think it's a definite two or three part thread) but basically, Rachel Cassidy, the demographer, laid out many charts explaining where we are and where we are going. I got lost at several points because (1) I didn't always understand the charts and (2) I didn't absolutely agree with her conclusions. More on this later.
There was then a section on capacity management that I'm not sure needed to be here. It seemed somewhat off and that was apparent by some of the Board questioning.
Then Tracy gave a somewhat vague but understandable explanation of how they are digging down to get to specific boundaries. I do think things are becoming clearer but I also think that we (the public) are not going to get much time to think about it and/or weigh in. I get the feeling that the district and the Board are going into a down time for summer.
There was also an interesting high school chart with some dummy data on one side and high school enrollment by cluster on the other.
More tomorrow but you can check out the Powerpoint now.