ERIC Number: ED161145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Mar-5
Reference Count: N/A
Task Force on Declining Enrollment. Final Report.
Hamden Public Schools, CT.
This task force in Hamden, Connecticut, discovered an intricate relationship among declining enrollment and finances, buildings, community impact, and educational impact. Their study resulted in nine conclusions and recommendations. (1) We will recommend to the board of education criteria, procedures, and timetables for closing a school. (2) Parents should have the option to choose an open space or a traditional space school within a cluster or pairing system. (3) Redistricting, offering parents pairs of educational alternatives, and if necessary, school closure can all be implemented at the same time, preferably by 1980. (4) On the elementary level, fewer buildings will be needed, building needs ought to be evaluated immediately, and until plans to handle declining enrollment are adopted, staffs of low enrollment schools should be augmented. (5) The high school should include grades 9-12. (6) The middle school should include grades 7 and 8. (7) The board of education should reconsider the enrollment capacities for all school buildings and revise where necessary. (9) The board of education and community residents ought to consider the impact of any building use changes. A lengthy appendix contains correspondence, community surveys and information, building evaluations criteria, and high school department needs. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hamden Public Schools, CT.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut