Boundary Planning Project, Duluth Public Schools
This fall and winter, citizens will be asked to review information related to current school attendance areas and discuss potential changes.
- Consider adjustments that would help ensure enrollment numbers are appropriate for the capacity of each school.
- Provide the detailed data and analysis necessary to help make informed decisions. The school district is working with Cooperative Strategies, a firm with expertise in helping school districts gather data, analyze and draft boundaries for public consideration.
- Incorporate family, staff, community and underserved communities input into the decision making process.
Most larger districts adjust boundaries every few years - it's been over ten years since Duluth made adjustments to boundaries.
The earliest any boundary changes would take place is September 2020.
Those interested in participating in a work session or focus group are invited to call 218-336-8752 or email email@example.com.
During Phase II of Cooperative Strategies’ boundary study process the fifteen scenarios were pared down to four. In November, Focus Groups were utilized over a three day period as about 120 staff, parents, students, and communtiy members provided input on what they saw as benefits and challenges of the four scenarios. New ideas to consider and include also came out of this process. Information was reviewed by the Duluth School Board during a public meeting. Cooperative Strategies will use the feedback gathered to further refine the scenarios before coming back to Duluth for further input.
Phase III in January 2020 will include public meetings, online information and surveys, as well as copies available at school sites.
Phase IV in February 2020 or March 2020 will include open School Board meetings to consider the final recommendations.
October 15-16, 2019 Boundary Work Sessions
- Three sets of meetings of about 25 people each, representing diverse stakeholder groups.
- Use an interactive planning tool to create various boundary scenarios and explore the impacts of each.
- Each set of meeting participants will break into small groups to create their own draft boundary scenario, with a total of ten to twelve rough draft scenarios created over the span of three meetings.
Research and Analysis
- School district personnel and consultant thoroughly analyze the impacts of rough draft scenarios.
- Use results from the work sessions and analysis to identify draft scenarios for further exploration.
November 18-19, 2019 Focus Groups
- Focus groups of about 15 people each, representing diverse stakeholder groups.
- Review draft scenarios, discuss benefits, challenges, additional data required.
- The Duluth School Board will meet publicly in November to review information as well.
Preparation for Community Meetings & Survey
- Using input from focus groups, school district personnel and Cooperative Strategies determine viable scenarios to present to the community for feedback.
- Information is prepared to take out to the community via online surveys and community meetings.
January 2020 Information Available Online
- Draft scenarios are available for community review online.
- Information includes maps and detailed impact analysis.
- Feedback immediately available through online survey.
January 22-23, 2020 Community Meetings
- Presentation of scenarios and impact.
- Opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.
- Online materials and survey are also available.
Preparation of Recommended Boundary Scenario
- Using input from online surveys and community meetings, draft a recommended boundary scenario.
- Prepare information for posting online and for presentation to the Duluth School Board.
Post recommended boundary scenario and detailed information online for community review.
Public meeting with Duluth School Board to present recommended boundary scenario and detailed information.
Public meeting (regular monthly meeting or special meeting) for Duluth School Board vote to accept recommended boundary.