Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12.16 Decision made not to redistrict

A special meeting of the Board was held Monday, December 16th.  The decision to not move forward with redistricting was made based on an evaluation of projections developed by our consultants.

The data shows that Pocopson is experiencing a "bubble" and than enrollments will decline after another few years of growth.  The planned growth does not exceed capacity and therefore existing elementary school attendance lines will remain as is.

The presentation can be found here.

The Administration thanks McKissick and Associates, who put together the projections as well as the members of the advisory committee who worked with the Administration throughout this process.

We strive to conduct the business of this district in a transparent and collaborative manner.  If you have any questions and comments please email us at

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12.15 Enrollment Projections and Committee Recommendations Published

December 15th, 2014

Today the enrollment projection results developed by our consultants were reviewed by the advisory committee (composed of stakeholders from the community).  A summary report has been developed and published on our website in Board Documents.

The presentation includes 4 recommendations to the Board, including the following points:

  1. NO redistricting is needed for the 2015-2016 school year
  2. Administration to provide the Board recommendations for PES accommodations at January work session
  3. Monitor elementary enrollment figures closely
  4. Administration to develop trigger points for potential future action

All are invited to this public forum which will be held in the district office at 7:00 PM. The details and rational for the committee findings will be presented and discussed at that time. This session (as with all Board meetings) will be videotaped and available online the day after the meeting.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

11.12 Minutes of Nov 6 Redistricting Committee Meeting

Minutes from November 6, 2014 Redistricting Committee Meeting

Present: Mickey Bailey, Ken Batchelor, Clif Beaver, Bob Cochran, Robert Dobie, Rachel Hanes, Doug Henderson, Craig Huffman, Paul Koch, Kim Lauder, Gregg Lindner, Andrew McLaughlin, John Nolen, Bob Sage, John Sanville, Sherry Tierney, Stacia Torrey and Marie Wickersham.

Contact Information for Committee Members
  • Mickey Bailey - PES Parent -
  • Clif Beaver - UES - Principal
  • Bob Cochran - Dir of Business & Operations -
  • Robert Dobie - HES Parent -
  • Rachel Hanes - HES Counselor -
  • Doug Henderson - PES Counselor - 
  • Craig Huffman - CFES Parent - 
  • Paul Koch - CFES Parent -
  • Kim Lauder - UES Parent - 
  • Gregg Lindner - School Board Director - 
  • Andrew McLaughlin - PES Principal -
  • John Nolen - Dir. of Curriculum & Ins. - 
  • Bob Sage - School Board Director - 
  • John Sanville - Superintendent -
  • Sherry Tierney - PES Parent - 
  • Stacia Torrey - PES Parent -
  • Marie Wickersham - Supervisor of Trans. -

Expectations of the Committee
  1. Committee members should communicate with constituents. Members should bring questions and ask questions during meetings.
  2. Committee members should provide stakeholder unique perspectives.
  3. Committee members should help to make the work of the committee as transparent as possible.
  4. The committee will provide input to the Board of Directors.

Redistricting Study Presentation

John Sanville gave a presentation on the Redistricting Study. This is the same presentation he has made 15 times for several groups including PTOs and faculties of our 6 schools. The presentation included the following:

  • Presenting concern – Pocopson ES is near capacity
  • Current Status 
    • Pocopson enrollment is growing while Unionville ES and Hillendale ES are declining.
    • Pocopson enrollment is at 652 – an all-time high. 
    • Capacities and usage percentages were shared.  Pocopson is at 89% while the other three buildings are at approximately 70% of capacity.
  • Our Path Moving Forward
    • Engage McKissick and Associates to conduct phase I of the study – enrollment projections for our four elementary schools.
    • Numerous times during the presentation John Sanville stressed, “No decisions have been made.”
    • There are three non-negotiable principles that guide us in this study: 
    1. We are committed to four K-5 elementary schools.
    2. Each of our elementary schools should provide students with the same academic experience.
    3. Make no decisions until all stakeholders have been fully engage

McKissick and Associates

John Sanville introduced Kristen and Vern McKissick. He explained the vetting process that led to the Board approval of McKissick and Associates to conduct enrollment projections at our four elementary schools.

Kristen and Vern shared qualifications that make them uniquely qualified to conduct the UCFSD study. In addition they provided project plan, timeline and methodology. Some of the specific action plans include touring our four elementary buildings, meeting UCFSD administrators and meeting township representatives.

During a question and answer period a number of questions/points were raised including:

  • Many questions related to metric, methodology and calculations that will be used IF we need to redistrict.
  • A premium will be put on not separating neighborhoods.
  • Transportation and student travel times will be a consideration.
  • If we need to redistrict McKissick will provide several options for community consideration.
  • Can grandfathering of students (allowing current students to finish at a school if redistricted to another school) be considered if redistricting is necessary? Yes – no decisions have been made and therefore all options are on the table.

Detailed documentation on McKissick and Associates and their work in UCFSD can be found on the UCFSD redistricting website (

Next committee meeting – December 3 at 8:30 a.m. in the district office

McKissick Report to Board and Community – December 16 at 7:00 p.m in the district office

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11.10 Special Board Meeting set for Dec 16th to review enrollment projections and determine next steps

Project Update 11/10/2014

  • On the 6th of November McKissick held a stakeholder meeting to collect input and answer questions.
  • The deliverable for the current phase is a presentation of enrollment projections with a recommendation about whether or not more evaluation of school boundaries is warranted.
  • We could find that current boundaries are sound and no further action is required or that there is a need to evaluate new boundaries. If further evaluation is needed then phase 2 of the project will begin.
  • The presentation of findings will be held on December 16th at 7:00PM in the District Office. The public is welcomed to attend.
  • The presentation will be posted on the UCF website on December 17th

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

11.4 McKissick Project Plan Published

Redistricting Project Plan and Timeline
McKissick Associates is the firm that has been selected for the project.  The study timeline is now published and involves 3 phases. The first phase concluding at the end of December.

The first phase involves the collection and assembly of known information and past history of the district with regard to enrollment, population, class size policies and classroom use. During this phase, InSights will also interview municipal managers in order to identify the number, type and timeline for future housing developments and the potential impact of new students stemming from such growth. This phase establishes a factual baseline of past enrollment trends and identifies where and to what degree enrollment might change over the course of the next 5 to 20 years.

If after phase one, McKissick Associates InSights' numbers suggest that the likely growth will have limited impact resulting in a reasonably balanced distribution across the district, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board may determine that further investigation is not necessary at this time.

Should potential growth indicate a less than optimal balance for the future, then McKissick will continue on to the next phase.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

10.23 Phase 1 of the Project - Data Collection - Has Begun

October 23rd, 2014

McKissick has begun the process of data collection.

This Phase of the project will last until December 16th and at that time we should be able to say whether or not redistricting is needed.

Click here to review the detailed project plan from McKissick.

Monday, October 13, 2014

10.13 Consulting Company Hired to Perform Redistricting Study

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Today the Board unanimously approved an agreement with McKissick Associates to provide an attendance boundary study.  McKissick was slightly more expensive than the other final company b eing considered but was thought to be a better fit for UCF's project.

McKissick has experience working with Pennsylvania school district's and has recently performed a study in Downingtown.

This is the second step in the Redistricting Action Plan and the next important step will be in November when McKissick presents their initial analysis.

Link to original action plan

Review the contract for a more detailed and updated schedule of project milestones.

Stakeholder committees are being formed now.

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