BCISD ready to launch elementary realignment

   With the opening of two new schools in Bay City ISD in Fall 2019 – Bay City Junior High and Tenie Holmes Elementary - Bay City ISD also will be realigning grade levels, with Pre-K and Kindergarten all being housed at Cherry Elementary. 
   Grades one and two district-wide will move to Linnie Roberts Elementary, and grades three, four and five will all be housed at the new Tenie Holmes Elementary.
   Students across the district in grades three through eight, no matter where they live, will be attending new buildings in BCISD. 
   Transportation logistics are under development now, and the district will inform the public about bussing once plans are finalized. 
   School start times will be staggered to allow for transportation issues. 
   The school day for BCISD campuses for the 2019-2020 school year are:
   Bay City High School (Grades 9-12) – 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
   Bay City Junior High (Grades 6-8) – 7:40 a.m. until 3:10 p.m.
   Cherry Elementary (Pre-K and Kinder) – 7:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.
   Tenie Holmes Elementary (Grades 3-5) – 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
   Linnie Roberts Elementary (Grades 1-2) – 8:10 a.m. until 3:40 p.m.
   The grade reconfiguration proposal was developed in a series of several meetings in early 2017. 
   Teacher representatives from each grade level and each elementary campus, as well as the elementary principals, participated in the discussions. 
   Central Administration staff including former Interim Superintendent Mark Pool, Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III, Chief Curriculum Officer Lisa Moya and Chief Human Resources/Federal Compliance Officer Lisa Volkmer also participated. 
   Additionally, BCISD board members, bilingual teachers, Special Education teachers and a representative from Matagorda County Educational Services also contributed in the series of meetings.
   According to Scott, the district examined what was in the best interest of students. 
   Some of the benefits they addressed in moving to realignment include:

  •     Separate younger students from older students to better address their developmental needs
  •     Opportunity to target and streamline extracurricular and special programming for age-level appropriateness
  •     Unite diverse student populations
  •     Ease transition to 6th grade by uniting students prior to entry to junior high
  •     Opportunity for “fresh start” for students every few years
  •     Increased teacher choices for students at each grade level
  •     Unite various campuses’ program and curriculum strengths
  •     Build district-wide culture of responsibility for all students and eliminate inter-campus competition
  •     Increased English Language Learner exposure to English-speaking peers
  •     Better-targeted instruction as staff and administrators concentrating on fewer grade levels at a campus

   Also examined were impacts to staff, with the committee recognizing enhanced opportunities for staff including improved ability to target professional development and increased opportunities for peer collaboration.
   “I am really excited about the reconfiguration of the elementary education framework in Bay City ISD,” Scott said.
   “The realignment will give all of our elementary students equitable access to a quality education in all content areas, while allowing our teachers to learn and grow by working in a collaborative environment. 
   “We have some of the best elementary teachers in the area, and I believe this reconfiguration is going to allow us to leverage their talents in the best interest of all ‘Team Bay City ISD’ students,” Scott said.

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