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Elementary Re-Design Frequently Asked Questions

The 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.    

  1. 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:

    1. The Mary G Hogsett Primary School will serve 350 students in grades PreK, K, & 1
    2. The Edna L Toliver Intermediate School will serve 600 students in grades 2-5
    3. 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.

  1. In the eyes of the KY Department of Education, are these considered new schools?

Yes.  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.

  1. 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.

  1. With no SBDMs in place when the new schools open, who will select the principals? 
    1. In the creation of a new school, the responsibility to select the principal rests with the superintendent. 
    2. 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.  
    3. 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.
  1. What will the mascot be for the new schools?

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.

  1. What are the schools’ colors?

All Danville Schools will use the same palette based upon official colors of royal blue and white.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 initiatives. 

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.

  1. 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 respective schools.

  1. 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 consolidation.

  1. What are the plans for playgrounds?

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.  

  1. Will after-school care be provided by the Admiral Academy continue at either Toliver or Hogsett or both?

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Will transportation be provided?

Yes.  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.

Routes will continue to divide elementary students from their middle and high school counterparts.

  1. Will school start and end times be adjusted?

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.

  1. 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.

  1. What is the timeline for Toliver moving forward?

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 period.

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 year.

  1. When can I see the new Toliver facility?

Tours of the new facility will be available in spring 2017.  Stay tuned for dates and times to be shared via district social media.

  1. What is the timeline for Hogsett moving forward?

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. 

  1. 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!