Elementary Redistricting Initiative
January 22, 2018 School Board Approves Redistricting Plan for Beaumont, Devon and Hillside Elementary Schools Effective August 2018
At its meeting on January 22, 2018, the Tredyffrin/Easttown School Board unanimously approved a redistricting plan to adjust the attendance areas of Beaumont, Devon and Hillside Elementary Schools. Developed by the Elementary Redistricting Committee, the plan was initially presented to the School Board and the public at a January 18, 2018 special meeting. The goal of the redistricting plan is to create more balanced student populations across the five elementary schools. Currently, Devon Elementary School has a student population exceeding 600 students, whereas neighboring schools Beaumont and Hillside Elementary Schools have populations of 392 and 422 respectively. The redistricting plan will redistribute student enrollment resulting in projected enrollments of 493 at Beaumont, 488 at Devon and 488 at Hillside. Families of current third grade students have the option to keep their student at Devon Elementary School for the student’s fourth grade year. District transportation to Devon Elementary School will be provided for these fourth grade students if needed. The middle school attendance areas will not change as a result of the current redistricting plan. See the links below for new attendance boundaries, a map of street assignments and points of clarification.
Click here for a video of the presentation.
Click here for the presentation slides.
Click here for a map of proposed elementary boundaries.
Click here for a list of proposed street assignments.
Points of Clarification
What are the projected population sizes of the elementary schools in the future?
Enrollment projections indicate that all five District elementary schools will reach or exceed 500 students in the 2022 school year. The goal of the current redistricting plan is to more equitably distribute T/E’s elementary students across the five elementary schools. Click here for the October 2017 Update to the Demographic Study.
Will the projected rise in student population at Devon require redistricting again in two years?
For over twenty years, the District had an available classroom inventory to deliver the program to a smaller population of elementary school students. Differences in school population that existed among the schools through the 1990s and early 2000s were able to be accommodated in the schools. As the overall enrollment has increased, the available instructional space has seen greater demand and has prompted the current need to bring greater balance to enrollment across the schools.
When the population of a school reaches 500, will the District need to redistrict again?
No. The current redistricting process is necessary because Devon Elementary School has a student population exceeding 600. The target range of 450 to 500 students was intended to provide the best balance given the current enrollment and to allow for projected growth.
If there are 500 students in a school, will class sizes be affected?
No. Class sizes are not affected by the number of students in the school. The class size policy and practices are completely independent from the total population of a school. If one elementary school has more total students than another school, the amount of students in individual classrooms is still consistent among all five elementary schools. The school with the larger population will just need more classrooms. The application of the class size policy at Devon has been exactly the same as in the other elementary schools.
Will the redistricting plan affect where my child goes to middle school?
No. The middle school attendance areas will not change as a result of the current redistricting plan.
How are student services distributed across the five elementary schools?
The District provides learning support, math support, reading support, English Language support, speech support and any other services based on student need. Staffing is adjusted based on the number of students requiring support, and staffing is sometimes adjusted during the year when necessary. Resources to support students are dependent on the students themselves, not on the school building.
Has student performance at Devon Elementary School been impacted by the increased student population?
All five elementary schools perform very similarly on the State measures of performance. It can be noted that in the 2016-2017 school year, which is the last year data is available, Devon Elementary School students performed the highest of all T/E elementary schools.
What criteria were used by the Redistricting Committee when developing the redistricting plan?
The Committee outlined criteria to be used as guidelines when balancing the attendance areas of Beaumont, Devon and Hillside Elementary Schools. The considerations include:
· numbers of students in each school;
· transportation routes;
· contiguous neighborhoods;
· proximity to attending schools; and
· reasonably shaped districts.
How will the schools be ready to support families who are transitioning to a new school?
The District is developing a multifaceted plan to help families make a smooth transition to their new school beginning with kindergarten and new student registration next month. Additional details about the transition plan will be presented at the February 5, 2018 Education Committee Meeting and will be communicated directly to families in the coming weeks.
May 2017: Elementary Redistricting Committee to Develop Redistricting Plan
At its meeting on May 22, 2017, the Tredyffrin/Easttown School Board voted to authorize the District to develop a plan for the redistricting of elementary enrollment areas of Beaumont, Devon and Hillside Elementary Schools for Board consideration during the 2017-2018 school year.
In March 2017, the School Board Ad Hoc Committee for Elementary Enrollment was tasked with conducting an analysis of the need to rebalance enrollment across all five elementary schools. With input from a demographer, the Committee reviewed enrollment projections as well as trends in the elementary student population. While the demographic reports indicate a slight decrease in K-4 enrollment over the next five years, the differences in student populations at individual elementary schools will not naturally balance out over this period of time.
The Committee also reviewed the impact that the disparity in student enrollment at the building level has had on the delivery of the District’s elementary program. The District’s overall educational program is guided by the Strategic Plan, and the foundation for the elementary program is provided by the Elementary Blueprint for Instruction. The Committee discussed ways the enrollment imbalance is impacting the uniform delivery of the Blueprint for Instruction at District elementary schools.
After discussion and consideration of possible actions, the Committee identified redistricting elementary school students as the best option to rebalance the elementary school populations. The target range for District elementary schools is 450-500 students per school. Current enrollment and five-year enrollment projections at Beaumont Elementary School (385), Devon Elementary School (600) and Hillside Elementary School (415) all fall outside the target range. These three schools' populations will be balanced as part of the redistricting plan. The Committee outlined criteria to be used as guidelines when balancing the attendance areas of Beaumont, Devon and Hillside Elementary Schools. The considerations include:• numbers of students in each school;
• transportation routes;
• contiguous neighborhoods;
• proximity to attending schools; and
• reasonably shaped districts.
To support the redistricting initiative, the District created an Elementary Redistricting Committee in June 2017. The Elementary Redistricting Committee consists of administrative staff, parents, an external facilitator and consultants as needed. Following meetings throughout the fall of 2017, the redistricting plan will be presented to the full School Board in early 2018. If approved by the Board, the administration will implement the transition plan in the spring of 2018 and new attendance boundaries will take effect in August 2018.