- Larger class sizes
- No exposure to older students thus eliminating the role model/mentoring skill set that is currently in existence.
- Fewer resources (for example: the library would only contain books up to a certain level. How do we accommodate 2nd graders that are reading at a 5th grade level?)
- There is a level of security staying in the same building for 5 years. The front office staff knows all the families and the children. Transitioning to a new building every other year would take some of this security away.
- Transitioning to a new building every other year could be very disruptive to some children. Some 3rd grade students struggled with the transition to different classrooms for core subjects within the same building.
- Transportation concerns for parents with children in all three buildings.
- Transportation concerns in regards to younger children on the bus without older siblings to watch over them.
- Lose instruction time due to doctor, dentist, and the like, appointments when families are spread between buildings.
- Loss of parent involvement and PCO's due to families trying to be involved at multiple buildings.
- How do parents attend celebrations (i.e, Mother's Day, Christmas, Halloween, etc.) when families are split between buildings?
- Research has shown that an increase in transitions correlates to an increase in high school drop out rates.
- Enrollment declines due to large number of districts close by that do not split families between buildings at the elementary age.
- Question the safety of a central bussing hub or zone.
- Concern for time with children in transit-lose educational time.
- "Guinea Pig" students in an unproven model
- SPED staffing and SPED programming
- Lack of continuity in relationships between staff and families
- Staffing for specials
- Child anxiety
- Detract from the neighborhood school-ownership and community
- Will lose familiarity with K-5 teachers and across differing grade level collaboration
- Students will get lost in the pack.
- What are the chances the board will bump up class sizes and cut teachers anyway?
- How would parent/teacher conferences work?
- Behavior issues INCREASE with more of the same age peers
- Lack of diversity (not a broad range of age levels)
- Lose the potential of mentoring across grade levels in the same building between teachers.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
List of "cons" compiled by parents at December 18th meeting
This is a list of the potential negative impacts that parents compiled during the December 18th meeting: