The Littleton Public Schools Long-Range Planning Committee will operate under the following charge:
“Move to direct the superintendent to immediately create a committee of senior administrators (e.g., Terry Davis, Melissa Cooper, Mike Porter, Clay Abla, Linda Jones, Marcy Phelps) and Western Demographics, and include 7-8 members of the previous LRPC and/or other community members, to begin a review/study of the LPS projected enrollment numbers and the preliminary demographic study provided by Western Demographics for Newton Middle School, Powell Middle School, and Euclid Middle School catchments and all elementary school catchments east of Broadway (Field, Gaskill, Hopkins, Sandburg, Lenski, Ford). The charge for this blended group is to bring 2-3 recommendations to the Board of Education in October that will better balance (right-size) enrollment at NMS, PMS, and EMS and all elementary schools east of Broadway, using the Board’s standards and values when possible in determining school catchments (boundaries) and bus routing. Prior to the Board receiving the recommendations, actual 23/24 enrollment numbers will be reviewed, and a community engagement and input process will occur and be documented. Note: Recommendations could be made for the 24/25 school year or the 25/26 school year.”
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*PLEASE NOTE: The Long-Range Planning Committee meeting on September 28 has been moved to October 2 due to scheduling conflicts.
Ideal School Capacity
School class sizes are determined by the staffing formula (number of students per teacher) adopted by the Board of Education as part of the budget process as well as the number of sections (“rounds”) at each grade level in a school.
LPS Long-Range Planning Committee invites you to give your feedback on the most recent elementary and middle school boundary possible options
Families of LPS elementary students who attend schools east of Broadway and families of LPS middle school students who attend schools east of Santa Fe:
The Littleton Public Schools Board of Education recently charged the district Long-Range Planning Committee to continue its review of elementary school boundaries east of Broadway and also review boundaries for middle schools east of Santa Fe. A subset of the original Long-Range Planning Committee is meeting this fall to review new data from the demographer, Western Demographics, which includes information on children aged birth to 4 along with the extensive, accurate data already reviewed by the entire Long-Range Planning Committee last year. The charge for this group is to bring two or three recommendations to the Board of Education in October that will better balance (right size) enrollment at Newton, Powell, and Euclid middle schools as well as all elementary schools east of Broadway, using the Board’s and Committee’s long-established standards and values when possible.
Taking all available data into account, Western Demographics provided possible options for the Committee’s consideration. The Committee spent its August meetings reviewing these possible options, ruling some out, and identifying two elementary and two middle school possible options to ask the community to weigh in on.
The Committee is hosting three identical Community Town Hall Input Sessions where attendees can drop in to learn about these possible options, ask questions, and provide feedback.
It’s important to remember that the boundary scenarios are possible options only. The Long-Range Planning Committee will take all feedback into account before finalizing its recommendations to the Board.
After reviewing all feedback, the Long-Range Planning Committee will provide its findings and recommendations to the Board of Education October 12, 2023. The Board has emphasized its desire to make decisions regarding boundaries by the end of October 2023–likely during the October 26, 2023 Board meeting - to give families as much time as possible to plan ahead.
Learn more about the ongoing work of the Long-Range Planning Committee on the district website. All materials reviewed by the Committee are available on the website as part of the Committee’s commitment to transparency. It is important to note that this includes possible boundary options no longer being considered by the Committee.
Community Town Hall Input Sessions:
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Powell Middle School
8000 South Corona Way
Littleton, CO 80122
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Euclid Middle School
777 West Euclid Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Newton Middle School
4401 East Arapahoe Rd.
Littleton, CO 80122
The issue of school boundaries and the extensive, thorough work of the Long-Range Planning Committee has been ongoing for several years. The Committee continues to gather data, seek input, and investigate potential solutions to existing boundary challenges while planning for future enrollment fluctuations and population shifts.
Potential school boundary changes are a significant issue for LPS families and the community. Families build powerful bonds with their schools and teachers. Changing boundaries, even on a somewhat small scale, is a big deal.
Where we've been, where we are now, and where we are going
A year ago, the Board of Education charged the Long-Range Planning Committee to “review current elementary school boundaries east of Broadway and consider possible options to alleviate overcrowding at Dr. Justina Ford Elementary School.”
Long-Range Planning Committee members met from mid-August through mid-October in 2022. They reviewed Committee values, previous research and data, previous recommendations and Board decisions. They held two community open houses, which were well attended with about 100 community members each night. They reviewed emails, comment cards, and all of the feedback gathered from open house attendees.
They studied the feasibility of community member suggestions, the effects of different possible boundary change scenarios, actual enrollment, class size in elementary schools across the district, the impacts of open enrollment, and square foot per student comparisons.
All of this information was presented to the Board in the Committee’s report October 27, 2022.
The Long-Range Planning Committee recommended the Board make no adjustments to boundaries at that time, but consider doing a district demographic study and analysis of enrollment projections for the 2023–2024 school year, and continue to follow Board policy regarding open enrollment.
Before making a decision, the Board directed administration to provide information on two additional options, which would move various neighborhoods into different school boundaries.
In November 2022, administration presented data on the Board’s two additional options and also brought forward the Long-Range Planning Committee’s recommendation. The Board ultimately voted in favor of the Committee’s recommendation: to make no boundary changes at that time, to gather additional data including actual 2023–2024 enrollment, and conduct a districtwide demographic study.
In May of 2023, administration provided an update to the Board and proposed a timeline that would convene a smaller, more nimble subset of the Long-Range Planning Committee to review the demographer’s new data, which would include information on children aged 0–4 as well as his findings after visiting with city planners and local real estate experts. These new data would be added to the extensive, accurate data already reviewed by the entire Long-Range Planning Committee last year.
The smaller committee would host community engagement meetings and would then present its findings and recommendations to the Board, all in the span of about 9 weeks.
And during the May 23, 2023 meeting, the Board approved a motion to move forward with the proposed timeline.
The Board emphasized its desire to make decisions regarding boundaries by the end of October 2023 to give families as much time as possible to plan for the 2024–2025 school year.
That brings us to today.
The standards and values of the Long-Range Planning Committee have been in place since its inception in 2017 and remain in place today:
Nine long-standing and highly involved community members of the Long-Range Planning Committee representing current taxpayers who are also current and former parents make up the committee.
Terry Davis, chief operations officer, and Brad Leitner, director of operations, serve as staff liaisons. Other administrators including directors of elementary and secondary education, chief communications officer, chief information officer, assistant superintendent of learning services, and director of transportation, are asked to attend the meetings to observe, answer committee members’ questions, and support the work of the committee.
At the Committee's first meeting, it became apparent that the decision to stand up a smaller subset of the original committee with vast experience on the topic in order to work quickly was a good one. They dove right into the work. The group chose Jack Reutzel as the Chair of this smaller committee and named Lucie Stanish and Bob Colwell as Past Chairs who will help lead during the condensed timeline.
Demographer Shannon Bingham presented his new data and offered sample boundary solutions based on all data accumulated to-date. Members will continue to study these samples and asked Shannon to provide additional samples for the next meeting.
Three community town hall input sessions have been scheduled for September 19, 20, and 21.
The Committee and the Board will continue to conduct business openly and transparently, genuinely listening to the feedback regarding how families may be impacted, and being proactive with communication.
The Committee is scheduled to present its findings and recommendations to the Board in October. Recommendations could be made for the 2024–2025 school year or the 2025–2026 school year.
The Board of Education reconvened the LRPC at the Board meeting on August 11, 2022
Meetings will be held from 4:30–6:30 p.m. at the Education Services Center
|August 15, 2022||Agenda / Minutes|
|August 29, 2022||* Meeting at Gudy Gaskill Elementary School
Agenda / Minutes
|September 12, 2022||Agenda / Minutes|
|September 26, 2022||Agenda / Minutes|
|October 10, 2022||Agenda / Minutes|
|October 17, 2022||Agenda / Minutes|