Faced with continued significant enrollment growth, School District 27J hired an independent consultant in 2014 to explore other options for School District 27J including alternative schedule opportunities
The School Facilities and Capital Contingency Plan was written by Western Demographics, a group of independent experts who help school districts manage crowding issues. The district has seen steady sustained growth for more than 10 years. This growth forced the district to close open enrollment to out-of-district students at four schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Enrollment growth is expected to accelerate to a rate of 600 to 1,000 students per year over the next five years.
The report recommended that:
Year round education be implemented at the elementary level beginning in the 2016-17 school year.
Extended day scheduling be implemented at the secondary level with a potential two-period extension at middle school and an eventual three-period extension at the high school. The high school day could be extended by one period as soon as the 2015-16 school year with an additional period added beginning with the 2016-17 school year.
Modular classrooms be added to middle schools beginning with the 2015-16 school year, and that middle schools extend the school day by one period beginning with the 2016-17 school year, with additional period extensions as needed.
Based on School District 27J's unsuccessful 2014 bond election, which would have alleviated district overcrowding with the construction of a third district high school, two new elementary schools and the completion of construction on an existing elementary school, the district is now moving forward with the implementation of this plan. The following tentative time frame has been released and this page will be updated as more information becomes available as well as opportunities for parents and community members to provide feedback.
Modified split schedule at both high schools for 2015-16 school year Release of high school schedule – March 2015
Extended day schedule or four-track year round at middle schools for 2016-17 school year Release of middle school schedule – May 2015
Implementation of four-track year round calendar scheduling at elementary schools for 2016-17 school year Release of elementary school schedule – May 2015
Participate in Medicaid Local Services Plan Survey
School District 27J is currently in the process of revising/updating what is referred to as the Local Services Plan. This plan guides how revenue generated via Medicaid billing may be expended within the district. Although the Special Services Providers are the individuals who bill for services provided, the revenue must be made available to ALL students throughout the district. 27J is inviting you to participate in a needs survey that will be used to determine if and what revisions may be necessary as we submit the next Local Services Plan. The deadline to complete the survey is March 5, 2015. Click here to participate.
Parents encouraged to make sure children have current immunizations
As you may have heard on the news, the United States is experiencing a large multi-state measles outbreak that includes Colorado. Measles is a serious respiratory disease (in the lungs and breathing tubes) that causes a rash and fever. It is very contagious. In rare cases, it can be deadly. In light of this recent outbreak, this would be a good time to make sure you and your children are up to date on your immunizations, especially the MMR vaccine that covers measles, mumps and rubella. If you would like more information, please visit www.tchd.org/DocumentCenter/View/1618 or http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/measles/fs-parents.html.
School District 27J is accepting open enrollment applications for the 2015-16 school through Feb. 13 but will again impose certain limitations to deal with growing student enrollment. Click here for more information.