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Grade Level Configuration SIAC Subcommittee Calendar & Information

Norwalk CSD Grade Level Configuration  School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) Subcommittee Next Meeting

The NCSD Grade Level  Configuration SIAC  Subcommittee has been formed to research enrollment trends, building capacities, and grade level configurations best practices in order to make a recommendation to the NCSD Board of Directors regarding future building projects and district grade level  configurations.   The subcommittee meetings are open to the public.  These meetings will be meetings in front of the public, which means the subcommittee members and district leaders will not be seeking feedback from meeting attendees unless otherwise noted on the agenda.

The subcommittee’s next meeting is on  Wednesday, November 10 at 6:00 pm at the Oviatt Elementary School (713 School Ave, Norwalk).  Below is the meeting agenda:

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – 6:00 – 7:30pm

Oviatt Elementary

  1. Call Subcommittee to Order
  2. Review Goal for this Subcommittee (Begin with the End in Mind)
    1. Make a formal recommendation to the NCSD Board of Directors regarding future grade level configurations for NCSD buildings no later than June of 2022
  3. Survey Work with Diane Schnelker
  4. Oviatt Building Tour and History of Grade Level Configuration in Norwalk – Amy Gage (tour guide), Tom McLaughlin and Tom Scallon (historians)
  5. What grade level configurations should be considered? (Begin with the End in Mind)
    1. Heartland AEA Grade Level Configurations
  6. Review of Resources (Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood)
    1. Shared Google Drive
    2. Demographer StudyUpdated)
    3. Research – Provided by Diane Schnelker, AEA Consultant
      2. Hanover – Review of Grade Level Configurations
    4. Transportation Pay-for-ride Data
  7. Next Meeting – Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – at Lakewood
  8. Adjournment
The subcommittee tentative future meeting schedule is below:
Date Location Time
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 Lakewood 6:00 PM
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Orchard Hills 6:00 PM
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 District Office 6:00 PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 District Office 6:00 PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 District Office 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 District Office 6:00 PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 District Office 6:00 PM

Members of the subcommittee include:

(Parent members were selected to represent families who have students across all buildings)

First Name Last Name Position
Voting Members
Suzanne VandeKamp Parent
Stephanie Oppel Parent
Sara Cross Parent
Hank Norem Parent
Brian Rausch Parent
Christi Donald Parent
Non-voting Members
Amy Gage Oviatt Principal
Kate Baldwin Executive Director of Administrative Services
Jody Ratigan Director of Secondary Education
Sheila Taylor Orchard Hills Principal
Jill Anderson Lakewood Principal
Dawn Schiro Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
Chris Basinger High School Principal
Beth Ward Middle School Principal
D.T. Magee Superintendent