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Thursday, September 24, 2009

The CSO vote is behind us and this season’s television lineup hasn’t yet begun…

The CSO vote is behind us and this season’s television lineup hasn’t yet begun. Long nights spent pouring over ning posts while gnashing your teeth and banging your head on your keyboard is a thing of the past. You’ve finally got a little free time on your hands and may be asking yourself, “What next?”.

As you read this, MPS is forming a transition team to manage implementation of the CSO plan for 2010. This will be a cross-functional team made up of members of 20-some MPS departments including: transportation, accounting, communications, and-the-entire-list-is-really-way-too-long-to-type-here…. The district’s transition team will begin meeting as early as next week with the principals, teachers, parent teacher organizations (PTO), and active parents from schools undergoing change during implementation of CSO.

Together, with each school, the district’s transition team will help to:

* Determine what will be needed to ensure a successful transition for each school in 2010
* Identify the “hot spots” or key areas that will require the most effort or attention

MPS’ Jackie Turner said that work plans are expected to be completed by each school by the end of October. She also acknowledged that these plans will be a work in progress and will continue to be refined throughout the year. Each school, its principal, and its leadership team will develop their own plan, Turner said. The district’s transition team will align the appropriate bureaucratic cogs with the real-world needs detailed in each school’s plan. The transition team will meet weekly to monitor the implementation of each school’s plan and focus resources where they are needed to ensure each school’s success.

In their transition plans, schools may request the district’s assistance with things like:

* Development of marketing materials
* Lawn signs
* Coordination/facilitation of open house and recruiting events
* [Insert your best idea here]

First steps toward collaboration among the East Harriet, Kingfield, and Lyndale neighborhood associations in support of Lyndale school are already underway. Moving forward, it is important that the schools-related efforts of the three neighborhood associations are aligned with Lyndale School in implementation of its transition plan. According to district estimates, Lyndale school’s enrollment is slated to undergo a 60% change during implementation of CSO. This is significant. Every bit of assistance the three neighborhood associations provide Lyndale school over the next year will help ensure a successful outcome.

What can you do to help? Consider joining or volunteering for one of the three neighborhood committees below:

KFNA Youth and Schools Committee

At their September meeting, the KFNA Board established a Youth and Schools Committee in the interest of having a group to work with our newly assigned community school following MPS’ Changing Schools Option vote on Sept 22. This committee will meet for the first time on Tuesday September 29, 7 PM, at MLK Park. If you are interested in participating, attend the initial meeting and/or contact the Kingfield Neighborhood association. All interested Kingfield community members are welcome to attend and/or join the committee.

EFNA Environment and Schools (PES) Committee

The EHFNA Parks, Environment and Schools (PES) Committee meets the fourth Monday of the month at Java Jacks located at 46th/Bryant. This month’s meeting will be held on 9/28/2009, 7-8:00p.m., at Java Jacks. If you are interested in participating, contact the East Harriet Neighborhood association. All interested East Harriet community members are welcome to attend and/or join the committee.

LNA Youth and Family Committee

This committee meets on an as needed basis. If you are interested in participating, contact the Lyndale Neighborhood association. All interested Lyndale community members are welcome to attend and/or join the committee.