PARENTS

TACONIC AND GREEN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

February 9, 2018

Dear Taconic and Green Sixth and Seventh Grade Students and Parents,

On July 1, the new Taconic and Green Regional School District goes live. One of the opportunities that is now open to all seventh and eighth graders, as a result of the merged district, is in-district school choice.

Current sixth grade students who attend Currier Memorial and Sunderland Elementary are assigned to Manchester Elementary Middle School for their seventh grade year. All Currier Memorial and Sunderland Elementary students may also opt to participate in in-district school choice. This means that even though their assigned school is Manchester, they can also choose to participate in in-district school choice, which includes options to attend The Dorset School or the Flood Brook School. Parents of students from these communities need to be sure to submit the in-district school choice form if they are interested in a school other than Manchester Elementary Middle School. Current seventh grade students who reside in Danby, Mt. Tabor, or Sunderland, and are attending a public or independent school that is not a Taconic and Green school, have the option of remaining at their current school for the 2018-19 school year. There is a grandfathering clause in the merger agreement that allows for this.

Sixth and seventh grade students who attend a school that already offers grades seven and eight will be assigned to their local school.

  • Manchester Elementary Middle School: Manchester residents
  • Dorset School: Dorset residents
  • Flood Brook School: Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, and Weston residents

Students in these towns will automatically be assigned to their local school but can still opt to participate in in-district school choice.

Again, all sixth and seventh grade students who attend any of the Taconic and Green schools, may opt to participate in in-district school choice. Choices will be honored if space and staffing exists to accommodate requests. If all requests cannot be honored, a lottery system will be used.

Transportation will be provided for students to the choice schools. Transportation will not be door-to-door. Instead, pick-up locations will be identified in each community in an effort to minimize travel time.

Please be sure to carefully review the enclosed information and pay special attention to the timeline requirements.

Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Jacquelyne Wilson, Superintendent


In-District Grades 7 & 8 School Choice Parent Timeline

2018-2019

February 9, 2018

Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union will mail home a communication to parents regarding the availability of in-district school choice and where to access additional information if they wish to apply for in-district school choice. Please note that parents of students who wish to remain at their assigned school need to take no further action.

Late February/Early March 2018

Parent(s) or guardian(s) of students electing to choose an alternative in-district school must fill out a school choice form with their selection. Once completed, the form should be returned by mail, electronically, or in person to one of the following locations: Currier Memorial, Dorset School, Flood Brook School, Manchester Elementary Middle School, Sunderland Elementary, or the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union Central Office. Note that a hard copy of the form will be included in the original mailing. Electronic versions of the form can also be found athttps://goo.gl/yD7E7J and submitted electronically to this address info@brsu.org.

March 15, 2018

School Choice applications are due. If parents want to exercise school choice, all forms are due either via mail or dropped off in person at the locations listed above.

April 27, 2018

Schools will mail school placement notification letters to parents/guardians.

Early Summer, 2018

Teacher advisor assignment letters will be sent home.


In-District School Choice for Seventh and Eighth Grade Students

GUIDELINES and PROCEDURES

Policy Guidelines:

  • Seventh and eighth grade students from the towns of Manchester, Danby, Mt. Tabor and Sunderland are assigned to the Manchester Elementary Middle School;
  • Seventh and eighth grade students from the towns of Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, and Weston are assigned to the Flood Brook School;
  • Seventh and eighth grade students from the town of Dorset are assigned to The Dorset School;
  • Students who are eligible for grandfathering under Article 15 of the District’s Articles of Agreement can choose to remain at their current school. Article 15 reads: “Resident students of Danby, Mt. Tabor, and Sunderland who attend a school other than a school operated by the Union School District during the 2017-2018 school year, may continue to attend the same school until they complete the eighth grade, and the District shall pay the tuition at a rate established by the voters. Siblings of these students in the sixth grade during the 2017-2018 school year may also choose to attend the same school as their older siblings for grades 7 and 8. This grandfathering provision will expire on June 30, 2020.
  • Seventh and eighth graders can choose to attend another school in the District, other than their assigned school. The choice will be guided by the requests of the students and parents and classroom space availability.

Procedures:

School Choice Program

In February, the Superintendent will send a letter to parents communicating which schools and grade levels have the capacity to accept choice students. Capacity will be determined by considering the following criteria:

  • Space available in the building
  • Space available in each grade level
  • Right Sizing Classes to adhere to the Taconic and Green goal of 18-24 students in grades 4-8.

Parents of students who wish to attend a school other than their assigned school (see policy above) should submit the In-District School Application Form by the annual deadline. Slots will be awarded as follows:

  • If sufficient space exists at a student’s school of choice, the choice will be awarded.
  • If there are more requests than there is remaining space available, a lottery system will be used to select participants to fill open spots.
  • Seventh grade students will be given placement priority to the same school as their eighth grade sibling if they want to attend the same school. However, if the school is at capacity, the student will be waitlisted.
  • Students who do not receive their first choice will be waitlisted.

Waitlists

  • BRSU will create waitlists for all schools where there are more applicants than available space for a particular grade.
  • A student’s place on the waitlist is based on a lottery for all choice applications received prior to the deadline.
  • When space becomes available, students will be assigned from the waitlists based on the order the children were selected in the lottery and sibling priority.
  • From mid-May through mid-August, as space becomes available, children are automatically moved off the waitlist into their chosen school. Families will receive notification about their new school assignment with a letter sent in the mail.
  • Families interested in school choice who submit an application after the deadline will be placed at the end of the waitlist.
  • The waitlist placement process will end one week before the start of the new school year.

Length of Placement

Once a student is placed, they shall remain at their choice school until Grade 9. If a student wishes to attend a different school the following year they must again participate in the school choice placement procedure.

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