Moon Area School District to Study Community Data

The Moon Area School District district will conduct a feasibility study, examining demographic data for the district.

The Moon Area School District will soon conduct several studies examining growth and demographics in Moon and Crescent, said school board president Sandra McCurdy. 

The school district is now soliciting bids for outside firms, which will collect the data and present its findings to the school board. 

"It's really so that we can have a plan (for the district)," McCurdy said.

McCurdy said the district will sponsor an organizational assessment, looking at administrative functions and other jobs in the district, as well as a demographics study of the school district. 

"It's about taking a look at where we're at right now and how we're changing," she said. "It's not so much about streamlining. It's about understanding where we're at."

The studies will include a look at the use of district facilities, though McCurdy cautioned closing one of Moon's five elementary buildings or furloughing staffers is not an objective of the effort. 

"I don't think this should be alarming for anyone," McCurdy said. "We do it in business all the time, and you do it so you can make educated decisions." 

The district is slated to complete its latest five-year strategic plan in 2013, and the data collection will feed into that effort, McCurdy said. The school district conducts similar studies every few years, she said

McCurdy said the board will select firms taking part in the study in October. She expects the project to take 60 to 90 days to complete. 

The district will also create advisory committees to review findings from the project. 

"The intent is to understand where we have the best economic oportunities and look at our options," she said. "There is no agenda. We're just trying to get information." 

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Louisa September 20, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Teri - since you are a supporter of the previous school board led by Mark Scappe, who enlarged the new middle school at the cost of millions of dollars, and yanked our fifth graders out of the elementay schools what do you think any board would do? They need to evaluate and move students around in order to keep all 5 elementary schools open, or else on of them may need to close. Just as many of us parents who oppossed the middle school enlargement predicted would happen.
lynn September 20, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Who does Sandy McCurdy think she's kidding - of course there is an agenda to this, and it's quite obvious that this board wants to close an elementary school. Why can't Sandy McCurdy tell the truth, just once? Also, I don't remember seeing a public vote on this. Obviously it will cost money for these studies, so why no vote? And where is the money coming from to pay for them? Sounds like another back-room deal by McCurdy and the yellow team! I would be very nervous if I was the parent of a child attending either Allard or Hyde, or if I was employed at either school.
Just Chuck September 20, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Information is essential to good decision making.
lynn September 21, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Lying isn't. And that is exactly what Sandy McCurdy and the yellow team have been doing since day one. I know that you are one of their disciples, Just Chuck, but the overwhelming majority of people that I have spoken with are completely dissatisfied with this current board majority. The yellow team wants to waste more taxpayer money on studies that have a pre-determined result, just so they can try and divert blame from their own actions. Ray Charles can see through this ploy.
Teri Shaw September 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Hey (Manager of Yellow team) Lousia. The previous board did not yank the Fifth graders out of the elementary schools. This was done over a process of two years. I remember going to many meeting to discuss this issue. Hold on Allard and Hyde your next in there big plans.


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