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New rules: school capacity

February 16, 2012

School capacity must be listed on the official school profiles. Include all flavors of capacity, including building capacity and program capacity. List all programs operating in the building and their enrollment and capacities. Total capacity for each level (elementary, middle, high school) should be rolled up and displayed at the district level.

And while we are setting forth to build dashboards, we need a public dashboard which would replace and surpass the current school profiles site, by providing the additional data and capabilities afforded by the Education Insight infrastructure.

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  1. kilroysdelaware
    February 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I am with you! Also, I think it’s important to list the number of Choice students in each school as to what school they came from even Red Clay and other district schools.

  2. February 17, 2012 at 7:39 am

    “Also, I think it’s important to list the number of Choice students in each school as to what school they came from even Red Clay and other district schools”

    AGREED. It is about time we agree that the ‘system’ isn’t in the least bit transparent and demand everything out on the table so this mess can be assessed. Let’s start with the data.

    Nice blog, by the way!

  3. Joanne Christian
    February 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I found you Mike O.!! Great site–way over my head w/ the tech–I’m a policy gal who will fund tech to the enth degree, and have priortized that where applicable! You sure would be invaluable down here on our tech committee. Keep up the great work!!

    Now back to this post–while I agree w/ you about stated building capacity, it usually can be found in different literature in the respective districts, and definitely in your finance and building offices. However, to print program capacity is a whole ‘nother animal. It can be a fluid number changing yearly depending on your enrollment demographic. We may have to expand some special needs areas perhaps, because of increased enrollment in one building, or we have even had to convert a room or two into a library or music area for other reasons (renovations, construction going on etc.). Even mid year we had to annex an area, not but a day before a traditional classroom, to a re-entry area w/ minimal (1-8) students as overflow between psychiatric services at Terry/Rockwood to ease the transition back to regular classroom–something we NEVER, EVER expected to do–but these were falling thru the cracks, and we could not have the constant disruption in a classroom if things weren’t working out. So there is a whole bunch of exponents in program capacity, that run afoul of just regular fixed programs–like DAPI, driver’s ed or other services. Just a thought. But I’ll always be the practical one around you will come to find.

  4. February 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Joanne! These days the policy and the technology are intersecting, which is pretty much why I started this blog.

    You said program capacity ” can be a fluid number changing yearly depending on your enrollment demographic.”

    That is what the Delaware school profile site is for – to display information that changes annually. You described converting rooms, etc.to respond to new programs, which I am sure happens in most schools…. I’d like to see those programs and their enrollments listed on the school profile site, so I can better understand what is going on in that school. (I”m thinking of Red Clay when I say this, but I am sure Appo parents would like to see that info for Appo).

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