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Shakopee School Board Plots How Best to Configure Planned New High School

The Shakopee School Board plans to open a new high school facility in fall 2017. But board members are discussing how best to configure the schools: Two 9-12 schools, or a model with one 9-10 school and one 11-12 school?

No one's in dispute: With more students projected, the Shakopee School District needs more space.

And the school board has already made up its mind to create a new facility as opposed to expanding Shakopee High into a "mega-school."

But school board members are still undecided about how to split up the student body once the new facility opens (hopefully) in fall 2017, the Shakopee Valley News reported.

The decision is between two models.

One, the traditional model, would be to leave Shakopee High School as is and turn the new school into a ninth- through 12th grade high school with capacity for about 1,600 students.

The other choice, the "stacked" model, would turn both Shakopee High and the new building into a two-grade schools so that students would attend 9th and 10th grade at one school and 11th and 12th at another.

The Shakopee Valley News has more about the decision-making process:

Thompson has enlisted a group of teachers, administrators and parents to visit White Bear Lake, which uses a “stacked” high school model. Thompson asked for School Board members join in the visit on Feb. 26. The group will also visit Lakeville Area Public School’s two high schools for a closer look at the split model.

After collecting information from White Bear Lake and Lakeville and some other possible districts, the district plans to go to the community for feedback. Thompson said he is working with Decision Resources Ltd., a marketing and research firm out of Minneapolis, to conduct a community survey. The survey will include both a paper survey, sent out by mail or email, and a plan for one-on-one phone conversations.

Dawn February 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM
From discussions with other families we are hoping they split by grade. Splitting by borders will split this city like we have seen in other communities. These kids keep getting split up and it is hard to forge true friends like we had when we grew up. I still know kids from my elementary school. Our kids were split when red oak and eagle creek split then jackson made us split again then we get all grouped together in pearson and now they are split away from friends again for the Jr east and west. Which a lot of people are very unhappy about.
Big_Phish February 20, 2013 at 03:04 PM
When the Task force put this together, they picked the 9 to 12 and 2 high school choice. There were 10 to 11 scenarios and 23 people from the Shakopee community (teachers, school board members, and parents) picked the 9-12 2, two high school option. We agreed early that we did not want the "Mega High" because kids would just get lost in the mass of bodies and adding onto the high school and building a new one would be a wash. Now we have Super Thompson and some school board members wanting to re-visit what has been done. Super Thompson and the school board members are wasting money to see how other people do it. What a huge waste. We spent a lot of time working on this and making a decision and now you don't like what we did! You are like a spoil kid who, because we are not doing things their way, is going to take the ball and bat and go home. I will tell you one thing, kids a very good at change. Parents are the problem with change. School is not a social gathering, it is a place they go to get educated. I think if Super Thompson and his side kicks go to where ever, they are forcing a change in what has already been decided, not because it will be better, just because their egos will not let them admit they were wrong. At this point we need leadership, we do not need to re-visit this, we need to move forward.
Penna1965 February 22, 2013 at 06:12 PM
My two cents. I have a senior and another child that graduated in 2009. They will be friends no matter what building they attend. Ask the current high schoolers their opinion on the school. My youngest was ticked off that every two years she was changing buildings. She currently is attending online high school and she is still friends with kids that attend SHS. Another thing..it's the parents and adults that are dreaming up this "friends" stuff. An average high school student changes their friends that they had at the start of 10th grade to a new set of friends by the time graduation hits. The group that both my kids hung out with in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th is a different set of kids. They do by senior year, have that core group fixed and it will change again after graduation as the kids go through life. The kids are at the school to learn. If you all keep this friends stuff up, why not go back to model the elementary school days...keeping the same group of 30 or so together the entire day. This proposed split of 9 and 10 in one building and 11 and 12 in the other; what are you doing about crossover grade classes like foreign language, electives, band, choir? Mollycoddling teenagers is not the way to go.
Penna1965 February 22, 2013 at 06:15 PM
The split should be the East Junior High goes to one building and the West Junior High goes to the other. That is how my home area did it. Forging of true friends...look at your own life...did you have the same group of friends in 6th grade, 9th grade and 12th grade? Bet you didn't.
Penna1965 February 22, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Oh remember when certain school board members were adamant that graduation shouldn't be moved from Shakopee because the seniors wanted to graduate in their home school? When they let the senior class vote, the results were overwhelmingly FOR moving graduation outside of Shakopee. The adults that thought they knew what the students wanted were WRONG.
Jason March 04, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Agreed. As someone who is a teacher and coach in another district, this will divide the community and destroy all the great progress being done with extracurriculars at Shakopee(see chaska chan). This is not a city of haves and haves like Lakeville. It is haves and have nots. The split will not go well and ultimately create a gap between schools and the top students will open enroll elsewhere or go the private school route. Divide it 9-10 and 11-12 NOT TWO schools
Big_Phish March 04, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Our objective was to select the best possible path that Shakopee needed to follow for how the schools are set up. I do not think in "haves and have nots", that is just another over used term. Sports was not our focus in making this decision. It was part of the discussion but not the focus. What would stop Shakopee from having one team per sport? 9th graders need to be pulled up into High School and learn to deal with each other. We need to stop comparing ourselves to other towns, we are not Lakeville, Chaska or Chan. Jason you talk about building gaps, no matter what you do you will have a gap. What are the true gaps? We have put a gap between us and other towns, a gap between 9-10 and 11-12, and rich and poor. All these gaps are being set by parents and not the kids. If top students leave, that is a personal choice, made by the student and their parents. They will not leave because we split the schools. In school the "haves and have nots" should end on school grounds.
thelma isaiah March 28, 2013 at 01:45 PM
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