Reconfiguration Questions and Answers
Reconfiguration questions and answers from January 15, 2017 meeting of the School Board
Q: Have you considered the needs of Special Education students?
A: The Director of Special Education has been involved in discussions regarding the possible reconfiguration. Supports for students written in IEPs and 504 Plans will not change if the district building configurations change.
Q: How will the district help transition the kids?
A: Preparing for any transition is a joint effort involving district staff and parents. If the Board votes to reconfigure, students, parents, and the district will have from February to the beginning of the school year to prepare for any transition. The district will hold open houses so students and their parents can become familiar with a new building.
Q: What are projected class sizes if the reconfiguration plan is adopted?
A: Initial projections range from approximately 22 to 27 students in each classroom. It is important to note, however, that these numbers could change due to decreases or increases in enrollment.
Q: Is there a plan for playground equipment and how will any new equipment be paid for?
A: If the Board votes to reconfigure, there will be an activity area on the north end of the Middle School. A fence will be installed between the area and Marquette Ave. There is grant money to pay for this.
Q: Is there a plan for the Malcolm building and is there consideration to move central administration?
A: If a reconfiguration plan is adopted, the district will look to sell the Malcolm building. The discussion to vacate the administration building and rent it out is ongoing, although there is not a plan in place yet.
Q: Is there a plan for the reassignment of administrators?
A: Yes. Administrative assignments will be made soon after a decision is made on reconfiguration.
Please see MDE website on the expanded definition of students eligible under this section.
This amendatory act takes effect October 1, 2017 and Sault Schools Board was notified in November of the change for the 2018-2019 school year.
Legislation Impilcations for using Section 31A money in the 2018-2019 school year:
(16) Beginning in 2018-2019, if a district or public school academy does not demonstrate to the satisfaction of the department that at least 50% of at-risk pupils are proficient in English language arts by the end of grade 3 as measured by the state assessment for the immediately preceding school year and demonstrate to the satisfaction of the department improvement over each of the 3 immediately preceding school years in the percentage of at-risk pupils that are careerand college-ready as determined by proficiency on the English language arts, mathematics, and science content area assessments on the grade 11 summative assessment under section 1279g(2)(a) of the revised school code, MCL 380.1279g, the district or public school academy shall ensure all of the following:
(a) The district or public school academy shall determine the proportion of total at-risk pupils that represents the number of pupils in grade 3 that are not proficient in English language arts by the end of grade 3, and the district or public school academy shall expend that same proportion multiplied by 1/2 of its total at-risk funds under this section on tutoring and other methods of improving grade 3 English language arts proficiency.
(b) The district or public school academy shall determine the proportion of total at-risk pupils that represent the number of pupils in grade 11 that are not career- and college-ready as measured by the student’s score on the English language arts, mathematics, and science content area assessments on the grade 11 summative assessment under section 1279g(2)(a) of the revised school code, MCL 380.1279g, and the district or public school academy shall expend that same proportion multiplied by 1/2 of its total at-risk funds under this section on tutoring and other activities to improve scores on the college entrance examination portion of the Michigan merit examination.
(17) As used in subsection (16), “total at-risk pupils” means the sum of the number of pupils in grade 3 that are not proficient in English language arts by the end of third grade as measured on the state assessment and the number of pupils in grade 11 that are not career- and college-ready as measured by the student’s score on the English language arts, mathematics, and science content area assessments on the grade 11 summative assessment under section 1279g(2)(a) of the revised school code, MCL 380.1279g.
The following Presentation was used at the update meeting in Indian River by the Michigan Department of Education (specifically slides 41 and 42):
Please visit the Google Drive for the following Section 31 documents:
- Section 31a State Aid Calculations by Month
- Pupil Identification Worksheet (maintain one per grade for auditing purposes)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Monitoring Indicators
- Monitoring Indicators Resource Document
- Session #1, Legislative Update, Revised November 3, 2017
Please see attached presentation.
Please see attached presentation.
Final Draft Proposal presented on January 15, 2018
Sault Area High School and Career Center 9-12
Sault Area Middle School 5-8
Lincoln Elementary 2-4
Washington Elementary K-1
Soo Township Elementary ½ Malcolm High School ½ TBD
Malcolm High School closed
These configurations maximize services to students that need help.
Reduces elementary class sizes
Eliminates comparable schools
Keeps all current programs
Allows for additional programs
Increases teacher collaboration and aligned curriculum
Ensures similar grade level opportunities
Reduces lost funds due to unused building space
Ensures teacher retention instead of layoffs
Allows for 5th grade isolation during transition year
Provides transporation services at 1 mile radius
Reduces operating costs of one building
Approximately 8% of the entire budget is represented with State (31A) and Federal (Title IA and Title VI) funds.
Thirty-six (36) students were served in the Great Start Readiness Program operated by Community Action in the 2016-2017 school year.
Soo Township Elementary - 16 of 18 stayed for Kindergarten, 2 of 18 went to Rudyard Area Schools
Washington Elementary - 10 of 18 stayed for Kindergarten, 3 of 18 moved away, 3 of 18 went to JKL Bahweting, 2 of 18 unknown
Lincoln Elementary - 51 in September, 50 in October, 45 in November
Soo Township Elementary - 41 in September, 41 in October, 43 in November
Washington Elementary - 52 in September, 59 in October, 63 in November
The district received notification of changes to Section 31A via a Memorandum from the State of Michigan Deputy Superintendent on November 9, 2017.
There will be 30-32 students receiving Reading Recovery services this year.
There are 180-200 students in grades K-3 who need reading supports, according to the Third Grade Reading Law.
There were 58.3% of third grade students proficient on MSTEP in 2017. This is an increase of 10 percentage points.
There are 120 middle school students attending classes at the high school, 97 of those students are grade 8 students.
Junior Kindergarten - maximum of 19
Grades K-1 - maximum of 26
Grades 2-3 - maximum of 27
Grades 4-5 - maximum of 28
In order to go above the maximum class size, an agreement must be made between the Sault Education Association (SEA) and the Superintendent.
By Law (Rule 340.293 of the Michigan Administrative Rules for Auxiliary Services for Nonpublic Schoolchildren) the district must provide services to students and teachers that attend and teach at St. Mary's. The total amount of Title IA shared is between $15,000-$24,000 annually and Title IIA is between $9,000-$12,000 annually. In addition, Sault teachers provide services like PE, Art and Technology. The district counts the students in their membership on a prorated basis.
The U.S. Department of Education provides information on their website - Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).