Kellie LaRue's e-mail to the Board:
The current intention is to establish boundaries for Lincoln during the process for the 2019 Growth Boundaries. I strongly urge the board, during the implementation for the 2017 boundaries to establish the boundaries for Lincoln as part the 2018 Growth Boundaries (or sooner).
There are many reasons for this but the simple reason is that the students who will be geo-split to create the new Lincoln, deserve to know this information at the time they enroll in high school, so that they and their families can make critical decisions. This becomes even more complex with the implementation of Core 24.
The current plan has at least two grades and likely three grades to be geo-split from their high schools when Lincoln opens in 2019. This means that the 2019 boundaries will directly impact the incoming classes of 2019, 2018 and 2017.
At the moment, the opportunity for informing the entering class of 2017 before high school has most likely be lost, unless the concludes by Spring of 2017. However, there is still the opportunity to have boundaries in place for the entering class of 2018.
Hiring the Lincoln Principal
Opening a NEW COMPREHENSIVE high school, with 2-3 grades under Core 24 is the most COMPLEX capacity endeavor SPS has undertaken in decades. It is critical that the planning for this starts immediately.
There will be significant migration needs to honor core 24 with students geo-split from multiple programs. The sooner the planning for the master schedule happens, the less expensive it is likely to be in mitigation money.
The Lincoln principal is going to need time to organize all of the various departments and hire "planning department heads." While this could be done quickly at middle school because of the relative simplicity of the middle school department structure, this is much more complex for high school. For example, it is most probably that students would be geo-split from the HCC, the ballard Bio-tech program, the Roosevelt drama program, etc. This makes for a very complex puzzle with the very high stakes of college and career readiness.
Dr. Jill Hudson has been given time to help “consult” with the design process for the Lincoln building. However, has made it clear that she is not the person who is working on the instructional design. Families have questions now and the hiring of the long term principal for Lincoln is critical. In a perfect world, that person would have started already but … the hiring process can start now.
Next September 2017, the Lincoln cohort starts high school. That is why parents are beginning to flip out. The kids that start next school in 2017 are the kids that will be split in some way. In a perfect world, they would have addressed that change for 2017, but they missed it.
From Not sure what exactly these tell you, but there's an interesting series of maps on the SPS site, dated in Late Sept 2016, detailing where both "eligible" and "enrolled" HCC students live - the maps included are:
Elementary School Highly Capable Cohort Pathway
Middle School Highly Capable Cohort Pathway
High School Highly Capable Cohort Pathway
Advanced Learning Opportunities for Grades 1-5
Where Spectrum Eligible Students in Grades 1-5 Live
Where Spectrum Enrolled Students in Grades 1-5 Live
Where Spectrum Eligible Students in Grades 6-8 Live
Where Spectrum Enrolled Students in Grades 6-8 Live
Where HCC Eligible Students in Grades 1-5 Live
Where HCC Enrolled Students in Grades 1-5 Live
Where HCC Eligible Students in Grades 6-8 Live
Where HCC Enrolled Students in Grades 6-8 Live
Where HCC Eligible Students in Grades 9-12 Live
Where HCC Enrolled Students in Grades 9-12 Live
And all can be found on this page under Enrollment Planning - HCC maps listed above are at bottom of page
There's also this data set from 2015 that gives HCC enrollment in various breakout charts
Highly Capable Cohort