Thursday, April 6, 2017

Key dates in redistricting proposal process set

Superintendent Bolgen Vargas is considering feedback from community members before making a final redistricting recommendation to the Board of School Committee on Monday, April 10.

The proposal will be phase I, after the Board of School Committee voted last November to approve several parameters to guide Dr. Vargas in the redistricting process:
●          Use a phased-in approach that starts with a feeder pattern;
●          Be mindful of budget implications; and
●          Consider external and internal community engagement

Parents, teachers and community members have attended a series of ten public forums to ask questions and offer input on a draft proposal that includes a revised feeder pattern among Manchester’s schools. While the current system splits groups of students from some single elementary schools between multiple secondary schools, proposed changes would streamline neighborhood school assignments so that all graduating students from one elementary school move on to the same middle and high schools.

A more predictable feeder pattern will help schools foster a stronger continuity of programs between grade levels. Children also will be able to maintain strong relationships throughout their school years instead of being separated from friends. In addition, parents would know with confidence which schools their children will attend based on home elementary school instead of street address.

Dr. Vargas will present final recommendations for phase I of redistricting to the full school board at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 10 at 7:00 pm. No vote will be taken at that time.

On Tuesday, April 11, the Special Committee on Redistricting will hold its meeting and hear public comment on Dr. Vargas's final proposal. The meeting will take place at Southside Middle School at 6:30 pm.

A special meeting of the full Board of School Committee to vote on the superintendent’s redistricting plan will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Redistricting Update for September 22, 2016

RELEASE: September 22, 2016 

Dear Community of Manchester, 

This message is to inform you that the Special Committee on Redistricting voted unanimously last night to suspend further action until a new superintendent has been chosen. It was the feeling of the current administration that redistricting is a tremendous opportunity that needs to be part of a larger vision for the district.

The subcommittee has collected an enormous amount of information district-wide and insight into stakeholder viewpoints that will help whoever comes in to lead this district understand the complexities of redistricting.

I would like to thank all those who helped provide information to the subcommittee, especially Dr. Livingston and Dr. Martin. I appreciate your kindness and unwavering patience. I am also very grateful to all those who engaged in the process during the last six months; district staff, board members and the community. I’d like to single out our Clerk, Maura Leahy, as her poise and guidance was invaluable to me.

Finally, I extend my gratitude to my committee for all their hard work and perserverance. I look forward to continuing the work we have started under the guidance of new leadership.

Best regards,
Leslie Want
Chair of the Special Committee on Redistricting

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Updated Meeting Schedule

The Special Committee on Redistricting has revised the schedule for its upcoming meetings to allow more time to consider all of the plans submitted by BOSC members, staff and community. While the timeline has been shifted slightly in the next two months the deadline of October 1 has not changed.

The committee would like to thank all those who have attended meetings and given their input. It is only together that we will find the best solution to the issues that face our schools!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Do You Have a Plan for Redistricting?

Do you have a plan for redistricting? If so please submit your proposal to the Special Committee on Redistricting at The committee wants to leave no stone unturned! We have two time slots open to look at plans at our next meeting on July 19th. PLANS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NO LATER THAN JULY 12TH AT NOON.

Redistricting Committee Goals

The following goals have been developed by the Special Committee on Redistricting to focus our purpose on what's best for students and the city of Manchester. These goals will be used after we have narrowed the field of plans to evaluate the remaining proposals against each goal and give each plan a score. It is critical that we keep an excellent education as our primary objective!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Update to Preliminary Redistricting Plan Presentation Schedule

This is an update to the schedule of plans to be presented at the Redistricting Committee meeting at 5 pm on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Police Station Community Conference Rm./Municipal Complex at the intersection of Valley and Lincoln Streets.

Committee member Avard has withdrawn his original plan "Memorial District Offices" and has yielded his allotted time to "MST Pre-K" which was suggested by 5 different Manchester School District staff in the online Staff Redistricting Survey. BOSC Committee member Van Houten has with drawn her original plan "Switching Some Elementary and Middle Schools" and is going to address her "K-8 Plan" and her "Repurpose Memorial High School" at Thursday's meeting.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Full Schedule for Redistricting Plan Selection and Presentations

On June 30th and July 19th the Special Committee on Redistricting will present ten plans to the public. Throughout the summer additional meeting will take place to narrow down the top choices. After several round table discussions between the superintendents, principals, and transportation, a session will take place on September 8th to gather input from teachers and the public. Additional public forums will be scheduled in October: