* Re-imagine * Re-structure * Re-sults *
Planning for Excellence and Sustainability of Hamden's Public School System
In the past several years, most school districts in Connecticut have experienced declining enrollments. The state legislature is wrestling with a challenging budget situation for the years ahead, and this likely means fewer resources for school districts across the state. Both of these factors affect Hamden Public Schools.
In addition, we have work to do to ensure that our schools uphold our values around diversity and inclusiveness that are part of what makes Hamden a great school system for all students. As people have moved and neighborhoods have developed, we must reconsider school zone boundaries, especially for some schools that have reached levels of imbalance in student diversity beyond state guidelines. Read the letter from the CT State Department of Education related to diversity in Hamden Schools.
In 2017, the Hamden Board of Education began examining these issues. The Board and administration see this important work not as a challenge, but rather as an opportunity to optimize programming and reallocate resources to maximize opportunities for our students, while at the same time creating conditions for a long-term sustainable school system of excellence. By planning proactively, we can design systems for the future where we may see less funding from the state.
Two resource agencies with expertise in school system funding and planning have been retained to assist in this strategic planning effort: District Management Group (DMG) and Milone & MacBroom. They are assisting with collection and analysis of demographic and other data as well as in providing tools and supports to help the Board and administration make the most beneficial and informed decisions. Preliminary work on the "Hamden 3 Rs Initiative: Re-Imagine, Re-Structure, Re-sults" has included in-depth demographic and enrollment studiesfor Hamden, as well as examination of research-based economic models for shifting resources to better meet our needs - both today and in the future.
This Webpage will include presentations, documents and other updates on the "Hamden 3 Rs Initiative" as they are available.
The following information describes the timeline of our work, and includes viewable presentations when available.
- Fall 2017: Discussion of Problem and Scope of Work View Presentation by DMG
Development and Review of Enrollment Projections
- November 2017 - January 2018: Development of Realignment Options
- March 2018: Presentation of Enrollment Projections and Realignment Options View Presentation by Milone & MacBroom
- June 2018: Narrowing of Alternatives
- August - September 2018: Community information, input and feedback sessions
- October 2018: Continuation of discussions
- November - December 2018: Final decisions on district changes
- January - July 2019: Work with the community to implement changes