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Beal School Project & Redistricting


Rationale

The new Major Howard W. Beal School will open its doors for students in grades K-4 in the fall of 2021.  The size of the school was predicated upon:

  • Changing our elementary schools to a K-4 grade configuration
  • Reducing the enrollment at existing elementary schools so as to provide equitable and dedicated space allocations for Art, Music, Special Education, and English Language Learners
  • Providing universal full-day kindergarten (tuition-free) to all students

Timeline

Beal Project Timeline

Decision-Making Process

The process to decide new elementary school districts is a lengthy and complex one.  It requires in-depth analysis, the assistance of consultants, input from stakeholders, and communication.

The Shrewsbury School Committee decided to create an ad hoc committee to engage in the myriad of details of this work and make recommendations as to what they view as the most optimal solution(s) that meet the Guiding Principles (see below).

The ad hoc committee will make recommendations, but the ultimate decision of how we create new elementary school zones is a Shrewsbury School Committee decision.

The ad hoc committee consists of the following eleven members:

  • Two school committee members: Sandra Fryc and Jon Wensky
  • Joseph Sawyer, Superintendent of Schools
  • Patrick Collins, Asst. Superintendent for Finance and Operations
  • Tiffany Ostrander, Principal, Calvin Coolidge School
  • Bryan Mabie, Principal, Spring Street School
  • Michelle Papper, Parent, Spring Street School
  • Shannon Creedon, Parent, Walter J. Paton School
  • Rajesh Velagapudi, Parent, Floral Street School
  • Christine Jasinski, Parent, Calvin Coolidge School
  • Terrick Andey, Parent, Beal Early Childhood Center

The timeline for decision-making can be seen in the graph above.

School Committee Guiding Principles for Redistricting

  • Student educational needs will be met regardless of school assignment.
  • Student population must be distributed so that each school has sufficient, appropriate, dedicated instructional spaces.
  • School assignments will be determined by drawing attendance zone boundaries and should emphasize a "neighborhood school" approach by prioritizing geographic proximity of home to school for walkability and efficient transportation, while keeping grographic entities intact.
  • Student demographics should be taken into account when redistricting school attendance zones.
  • Future potential population growth should be considered when establishing attendance zones.
  • Changes of school assignments for existing students should be minimized to the greatest extent possible within the context of the other priorities.
  • The redistricting process should work in concert with other district initiatives where possible.

For more detailed information on these guiding principles, please see the School Committee report.

Current Elementary Zones

*Upon opening of the new Beal Elementary School in August 2021, these elementary zones will change.

Current Elementary Zones

Reports and Updates to School Committee