DLBE Program Recommendations
Dr. Manno presented 2 alternatives for the DLBE program moving forward.

Alternative #1: Create a DLBE School of Choice
By creating a DLBE School of Choice at MKES, the District would leave intact a program that is highly regarded by the vast majority of participating families and teachers, while giving other District elementary students the opportunity to participate in the DLBE program if they are interested. This would also allow MKES students who do not select the DLBE program to have a more equitable classroom experience by moving them to another school where they can have more standard classroom interaction with their peers.

Details:
  • MKES students are reserved a slot in the DLBE School of Choice.
  • Available slots in the MKES DLBE School of Choice would be opened to elementary students across the District after a community education process. A lottery system may be necessary depending on availability and demand.
  • Begins in grade 1 for the first year, with the consideration of including K in subsequent years.
  • MKES students not selecting the DLBE School of Choice will be rezoned to attend WPES and shall receive “door-to-door” busing. 
    • Note: Per Dr. Manno's presentation, should a School of Choice model be chosen, enrollment trends will need to be closely monitored. If enrollment in the traditional sections grows significantly, the sections may be moved prospectively back to MKES.
  • Parents of current MKES grade four children will need to decide if they want that section to stay at MKES for its last year.
  • Transportation to MKES for children from other elementary attendance zones would be provided via a central hub OR parents may be required to provide transportation. (Both are legally permissible.)
  • If a student is withdrawn from the MKES DLBE program, the student would go back to their home school.
  • The number of available slots in the MKES DLBE School of Choice would be determined on an annual basis per enrollment projections.

Alternative #2: Maintain Current Choice Model (with purposeful and systemic enhanced inclusion)
This option would maintain the current model at MKES with enhanced, improved, and more deliberate inclusion methods for the Traditional classroom section. The DLBE program would remain an option only for MKES students, and Traditional classroom students would continue to move year to year with the same small cohort of peers.

Details:
  • Increased integration of Traditional students with DLBE students in special area classes, select content-area lessons, and in school wide activities and events.
  • This is a viable option, although it may not resolve the issue long-term for some families.
  • This alternative preserves the foundation of the DLBE program and universal choice.
  • Kindergarten information sessions must be refined to fairly and equally present both DLBE and Traditional elementary programming options as viable for families.