Re-Design Frequently Asked Questions
Danville Schools Board of Education approved the questions and responses below
at the special-called 28 March 2017 meeting.
Along with central office staff, we hope this information addresses key questions
and issues. We anticipate updating and
adding questions and responses as the re-design transition process continues. Thank you for your patience and support.
- What are the names of the new
schools and what grades will they serve?
In the district elementary re-design,
the following schools are created:
- The Mary G Hogsett Primary
School will serve 350 students in grades PreK, K, & 1
- The Edna L Toliver Intermediate
School will serve 600 students in grades 2-5
- Jennie Rogers Elementary will
serve eventually central office and more.
The Board of Education is committed to maintaining “Jennie Rogers”
in the future naming of the facility.
The Board of Education considered
school name changes - such as the Danville Primary and the Danville Intermediate
Schools. The local, state, and national
historical importance of Danville’s Professor John W. Bate is too meaningful to
justify changing the name of Bate Middle School to complete a consistent
PreK-12 naming system. Therefore,
current building names and their tribute to powerful women in the history of
Danville Schools’ education will be maintained.
- In the eyes of the KY Department
of Education, are these considered new schools?
The general rule is that if the grade configuration and student population
changes by a third or more, it is considered a new school. While the names will be familiar, the sites
are new schools.
- When will site-based management
teams (SBDM) be established?
Since Hogsett and Toliver are
considered new schools, new SBDMs will be created at both sites. Parents, students, and staff need time to get
to know each other. It is anticipated
that nominations will occur no later than November of 2018 with elections
following in December of the same year.
- With no SBDMs in place when the
new schools open, who will select the principals?
- In the creation of a new school,
the responsibility to select the principal rests with the
- The three current elementary
principals have district tenure.
Placements for all three will draw upon their capacities to
advance the work of the Danville Schools.
This may include the position of principal or other comparable
roles in the district.
- The naming of the principals
will occur no later than 30 November 2017 so they may have time to ready
themselves and their staffs for upcoming transitions.
- What will the mascot be for the
With the elementary re-design, all
Danville Schools students will be together throughout their PreK-12
tenure. Essentially, the Danville
Schools becomes one school with four campuses.
Therefore, the mascot will be the Admiral at all four district schools.
This decision affects Bate Middle
School as well. The Board will work with
the middle school principal and SBDM to determine what resources are necessary
to update their mascot throughout the school.
As mentioned in question 1, the name of Bate is of critical import, but
the Board believes a mascot update only strengthens the PreK-12 connection
among students, staff, and community.
- What are the schools’ colors?
All Danville Schools will use the same
palette based upon official colors of royal blue and white.
- Will there be school uniforms?
Decisions regarding uniforms
traditionally are left to the site-based management teams. With no SBDMs in place, the Board must make
the determination for school year 2018-19 but intends for SBDMs, once
established, to determine whether or not the Board decision is to continue in
school years to follow.
In relatively recent history, every
Danville school SBDM has considered (formally or informally) school
uniforms. Currently, 4 out of 5 schools
in the Danville Schools do not have uniforms.
Therefore, neither Hogsett or Toliver will require student uniforms for
2018-19 school year.
To reiterate, it will be the duty of
both the Hogsett and Toliver SBDMs to determine whether to continue or change
this ruling for their respective school in the spring of 2019 for the 2019-20
school year and beyond.
- Each school currently
has their own innovative focus. How will they be preserved?
For the 2018-19 school year, the Board
will establish a source of funds for the schools to use solely for the
continuation of the ArtSmart, Community Connections, and Leader in Me
When principals are identified by 30
November 2017, one of their duties will be to determine the role of these
initiatives for school year 2018-19 in their respective schools.
- Each school currently has their
own traditions. How will they be preserved?
Traditions of Winterfest, discovery
days, 50s Day, whole school pictures, overnight fieldtrips, and Kidtucky Derby
will be explored by new principals for the 2018-19 school year with SBDMs able
to determine potential plans for continuation beyond the 2018-19 school year.
When principals are identified by 30 November of 2017, one of their duties will be to
determine the role of these initiatives for school year 2018-19 in their
- How will the schools be staffed?
The Board will determine the staffing
needs according to district formulas already in place (i.e. formulas that are
based on class size to determine teachers, square footage to determine number
of custodians, etc.). In cooperation
with central office staff and the newly identified principals, further
specifics will be analyzed by February of 2018 – specifics that include
elective offerings, support personnel, instructional coach needs, and more.
The Board’s intent is for there to be
no lay-offs, known as Reduction In Force (RIF), as a result of the
- What are the plans for
Age-appropriate playgrounds at both
schools will be in place for opening day in the 2018-19 school year. The Board intends to invest an appropriate
amount for well-equipped playgrounds at Toliver and Hogsett. This may include the purchase of new
equipment as well as the relocation of current pieces from all three elementary
schools that are designed for particular age groups.
- Will after-school care be
provided by the Admiral Academy continue at either Toliver or Hogsett or
Afterschool care provides a great
support to the Danville Schools families.
Interest, enrollment, and cost will determine if the Academy operates at
one site or both. Information will be
provided at summer registration for the 2018-19 school year.
- How will educational materials
and resources from Jennie Rogers be distributed?
Instructional materials, including
technology (i.e. iPads, chromebooks, etc.), will be distributed equitably to
the Toliver and Hogsett schools based upon equipment condition, grade level
appropriateness, and the leveraging of impact.
- Will transportation be provided?
The Danville Schools is committed to providing transportation to all
Danville Schools students. The district
has purchased bus routing software to assist in designing the most efficient
Routes will continue to divide
elementary students from their middle and high school counterparts.
- Will school start and end times
It is probable that start and end
times may be tweaked to maximize bus route efficiency and allow for families
with students at multiple schools to pick up and drop off comfortably.
School start and end times will be
established by school registration for the 2018-19 school year.
- Where can I see pictures of the
renovation at Toliver?
Updated pictures from the new addition
are available online. Click on “2-5
Education Center” from the www.danvilleschools.net website “New Initiatives”
section in the left-hand column. If
viewing this document electronically, then click here for a direct link.
- What is the timeline for Toliver
In April 2017, current 4th
and 5th grade students will move into the new wing so that the 3rd
floor of the original building may be renovated and completed by the start of
the 2017-18 school year.
Over the summer and during the fall of
2017, the 2nd floor of the original building will be renovated.
Also, the gymnasium will be offline for construction during the same time
In the winter of 2017-18, the first
floor of the original building will be renovated.
The new Toliver Intermediate School
will be complete in time for doors to open in August for the 2018-19 school
- When can I see the new Toliver
Tours of the new facility will be
available in spring 2017. Stay tuned for
dates and times to be shared via district social media.
- What is the timeline for Hogsett
Currently, Hogsett can host PreK, K,
and 1 and will enroll these students beginning the 2018-19 school year. The Board is committed to making significant
investments into the school so it is a premier early learning center now and
into the future.
In the spring of 2017, an architect
will be identified to help with project planning. Stakeholder focus groups will occur alongside
budgetary analysis to determine the full extent of funds available for the
project. The architects will then put
drawings to the district vision.
With an end-product in mind that
matches finances available, a phased construction plan will be developed to
minimize hardship on staff and families while bringing about exciting
advancements of the learning environment as fast as possible.
- I have more questions. Who should I ask?
Direct questions to your student’s
principal. The principal will either
answer the question or find the answer for you!