Updated November 21, 2014

Planning for the transition to new grade spans continues to advance on time and on budget. Key areas of work include:

Middle Level Design
A large team is working to design all aspects of the middle level program. The team has recommended that each middle school offer a modified eight-period day that allows for two exploratory/elective classes with flexibility within the six remaining periods to offer four core classes plus advisory and lunch. Members are now working to identify exploratory course offerings. The team is also examining how to meet the needs of gifted and talented students within the interdisciplinary team model, with a recommendation to be made by early January. Next steps for the Middle Level Design Team include preparing 2015-2016 registration materials and defining the daily advisory curriculum.

High School Program
The High School Program team has recommended that the high school (starting with 9th grade) science sequence remain as it is now. The team has also discussed and provided feedback on a proposed change to the Park Center Senior High schedule that would strengthen the International Baccalaureate Programme. The team is also preparing next year’s high school registration materials.

High School Facilities
The earthwork at each site should be completed by around Thanksgiving. Facilities staff members are holding weekly construction meetings and providing weekly construction updates to each high school. At the November 18 school board meeting, the board approved the bid package for the construction work, which will begin in December.

Human Resources Staffing
A Labor Management Committee has agreed to a framework for teacher transfer. An additional Labor Management Committee is meeting to discuss the transfer process for specialists (music, psychologists, counselors, etc.) The teacher transfer process has been designed to take place in tiers in order to promote the greatest possible range of transfer opportunities for teachers at all levels.

The Technology Project Team is continuing its work to identify data systems that will need to be adjusted to reflect the new grade spans.