So, I haven’t really talked about it, but here’s a quick recap. Remember the big hoopla about a year and a half ago amongst about changing the Alameda Unified School District policy when they have more interested kids for actual slots available? The School Board eventually voted to change the policy from a first come, first serve — which resulted in some parents camping out in front of the school like it was opening day for Star Wars — to a lottery system. While neither option is completely ideal, at least the lottery system has some semblence of equity, at least for parents without the means to take off the day and night to camp out and/or without the resources to be in the ”loop” regarding when that first person decided to start lining up to secure their child’s chance at a Kindergarten slot.
After the implementation of them lottery system this year it appears that the demographic study done by the school district ended up being fairly close to the actual numbers produced. Of course one could, and I’m sure folks have, argued that the uncertainity that surrounds the idea of going through the lottery has artifically dropped the numbers because some parents would have taken their kids to private schools, but we’re not dealing in hypotheticals since we have actual real numbers for proposed enrollment for Kindergarten 09 – 10 school year.
Turns out there are four schools that will be impacted by more bodies than spaces and those are:
- Bay Farm
The school district has proposed several options to deal with the overenrollment and has produced a series of Power Point Slides to present at the School Board meeting. Here is the basic information:
- Current Space -60; Projected enrollment-82;
- Wait List-20 after K Roundup; 22 Currently
- Current Space-80; Projected-100;
- Wait List-14 after K Roundup; 20 currently
- Bay Farm
- Current Space-60; Projected-77;
- Wait List-13 after K Roundup; 17 currently
- Current Space-40; Projected-50;
- Wait List-7 after K roundup; 10 currently
And then this is what the School District is suggesting to handle the load:
- Add classroom by moving computer center and dividing day care portable into two rooms. Cost: $30K for construction
- Add portable to add new classroom. Cost: $200K for two portables
- Bay Farm
- Add one class to exisiting classroom. Cost: $0
- Divert additional students (7-10). Cost: $0
It wasn’t clear from the powerpoint, but for some reason options like AM/PM Kindergarten was decided against, which personally, I think would be a good way to solve the issue of capacity without needing to add ugly portables to perfectly good schools. When enrollment numbers drop, PM Kindergarten can be eliminated, when it spikes again it could be insistuted. It would be interesting to learn what the issues are behind this option.