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Briefing on Declining Enrollment & Facility Impact Usage Impacts to the District Workshop Held on November 16, 2005


Alameda Unified School District has been experiencing declining enrollment for the past five years. With the loss of students comes a loss of revenues and the need to make budget reductions. A portion of the budget cuts enacted in 2001 ($1.6 million) 2003 ($1.7 million) and 2005 ($1.6 million) can be attributed to declining enrollment. Staff presented information about the impacts of declining enrollment and presented scenarios to address the problem.

Overview and Process

Educational Impact for Small Elementary Schools

While the research can not agree what constitutes a small school, we will address schools smaller than 200 students.

Disadvantages of Small Elementary Schools:

    • Challenge to provide meaningful intervention
    • Less flexibility for GATE/ELL/general placement
    • Fewer itinerant workers are available to support students
    • No critical mass for meaningful collaboration at grade level
    • Not enough teachers to take on leadership roles in curriculum, etc
    • Same amount of work and fewer to people to do it
    • District resources cannot be maximized for programs such as Title 1, English Language Learners and Special Education

Advantages of Small Elementary Schools:

    • Easier to strong sense of community with smaller numbers
    • Students have a sense of feeling safe and not being lost in the crowd
    • Individual students needs are more apparent even though it is challenging to meet those identified needs
    • Communication is easier and more personal
    • Fewer teachers so principals can provide more focused support to teachers

Problem Statement and Consideration/Criteria

Problem Statement

In the last five years, AUSD has experienced declining enrollment. In that same five year period, AUSD routinely collapsed and consolidated classes at West End schools due to the declining enrollment.

Essential Questions

  • How can AUSD address declining enrollment and the use of facilities so that we maximize our resources and provide educational programs that continue to improve student achievement?
  • What is the financial impact of declining enrollment and small schools to AUSD?
  • What are the criteria that need to be considered when making decisions about school consolidation and facilities?
  • What options have been explored and what are the pros and cons of these options?

Criteria for school consolidation decision-making

  • All students relocated into another school will have appropriate facilities and the same program opportunities such as: Special Education, Title I, GATE, and English Language Development
  • The consolidation of any school will result in cost savings to the District and the maimizing of facilities and personnel resources
  • School considered for consolidation have a current and projected/growth of less than 250
  • School consolidation will maintain the concept of nieghborhood schools for the relocated students
  • The identification of the alternatives use for any consolidated school will be a part of the consolidation plans

Timeline & Implementation Plans Will Ensure:

  • All community stakeholders are informed of the decision being recommended to the Baord of Education no later than December 13, 2005
  • All families and students know their school assignments for 2006/07 no later than February 1, 2006
  • All employee group negotiations of impacts are addressed no later than May 15, 2006

Trend Analysis of Declining Enrollment

District-Wide Enrollment

. CBEDS Enrollment Oct P2 ADA
2000-01 10,498 10,160
2001-02 10,400 10,082
2002-03 10,382 9,982
2003-04 10,354 10,024
2004-05 10,183 9,756
2005-06 9,952 9,579

Financial Impact of Declining Enrollment

In 2004-05 school AUSD experienced a decline of 171 students at approximately $5000 per student or $855,000. The District did not hire 5 teachers and saved approximately $250,000. The net loss to the District was $605,000.

Potential Savings of School Consolidation

  • Consolidating two smallest schools
  • Position Reduced Saving Assumption
    1 Principal $100,000
    1 Teacher $50,000
    1 Secretary $50,000
    .9 Other Clerical $23,393
    2.0 Custodians $90,000
    Total $313,393

  • Consolidating three smallest schools
  • Position Reduced Saving Assumption
    2 Principals $200,000
    1 Teacher $50,000
    2 Secretaries $100,000
    1.1 Other Clerical $27,234
    4.0 Custodians $180,000
    Total $607,234

Scenarios We Are Exploring

Scenario One - Consolidate Miller and Woodstock Straight Rollover

Total 393 students occupying 20 rooms with 0 vacant rooms and 35 seats available.

Scenario Two - Consolidate Miller and Woodstock Straight Rollover Minus Interdistricts

Total 338 students occupying 17 rooms with 3 vacant rooms and 30 seats available.

Scenario Three - Consolidate Miller/Woodstock/Longfellow Straight Rollover Minus Interdistricts with new wing

Total 495 students occupying 26 rooms with 2 vacant rooms and 62 seats available.

Scenario Four - Consolidate Miller/Woodstock/Longfellow Straight Rollover Minus Interdistricts with new wing including potential students from Bayport, Breakers and Harbor Isle

Total 591 students occupying 28 rooms with 0 vacant rooms and 21 seats available.

Mitigations to Miller/Woodstock/Longfellow Scenarios

  • Place the 75 inter district students from Miller/Woodstock/Longfellow at other schools east of Webster where rooms nad individual seats are available.
  • Give the intra district students living east of Webster the option to return to home school. (33 students)
  • Annex part of Longfellow zone to Paden
    • Both sides of Pacific Avemue south to Lincoln from Webster Street west
    • Phase in during 2006-07 school year, Mandatory for kindergarten and all new students to the area
  • Limit Paden's middle school program (2006-07) middle school program to present students rolled over to grades 7-8. No 6th grade students.
  • Close new school to open enrollment for 2006-07 and Paden through phase in period of annexed zone

Cost of the New Wing at New Woodstock - Best Estimate - $2.1 million with monies coming from Longfellow ($800,000), Woodstock ($500,000) Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment ($300,000) and Interim Housing ($500,000).

New Housing Potential Students

Development Units K-5 Students 6-8 Students
Bayport 201 48 31
Breakers 62 5 2
Harbor Island 600 41 18

Here is a news article on the new owners of the Harbor Island Apartments. They plan to name the apartments Summer House and have created this website.



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Last modified: November 16, 2005

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