For a detailed accounting of all 42 Adams Classrooms, see Table 2 and Table 3 in Handout for the December 16, 2002 Guilford BOF Meeting The URL is http://wgquirk.com/BOFDec16.html.Mrs. Truex has given a few examples to explain some of these 102 cases, and Keith Bishop now reports that students don't use the room for 56 of these cases. Apparently there is some student use for the other 46 cases, but the details aren't given. For the 34 primary rooms, Adams classroom loading data provides the details of daily use for 5 class periods. Why not a detailed accounting showing how each room is used for the other 3 periods?
Here is an excerpt from my December 8, 2002 email request to Adams Principal Walker:
The classroom loading report tells me how (approximately) 35 classrooms are used for regular education (language arts, math, science, social studies, and world language). Can you please tell me how these rooms are used when there is no (regular education) class in session?At the December 16 BOF meeting, Mrs. Walker approached me to say that she was working on my questions and would respond after the holidays. No response yet.
David Wedge is the Manager of the CT DOE School Facilities Unit. He says Guilford reported the Adams square footage as 106,369 and the building capacity as 572. Guilford also reported 26 classrooms for Adams. Now average class size at Adams is 22, and 22 times 26 equals 572. Bingo! Was this product method used to determine capacity? If so, it's awkward to admit this now. Some may remember that Adams Principal, Catherine Walker, said, “Adams currently has 39 generic classrooms” at the November 25, 2002 BOE meeting.
In a May 27 email, Mrs. Truex wrote “the number 572 comes from dividing the approximately 101,000 square feet of the Adams school by 176.” Say what? Mrs. Truex’s division method inverts the state's method for limiting extravagant spending. She decided that 176 square feet, the maximum space reimbursable per student for a new building, should be considered the minimum space required per student in an existing building. She used 101,000 as an approximation for 106,369 and non-standard rounding to get to 572, the product method answer.
Madison reported the Brown Middle School square footage as 92,752. By Mrs. Truex’s division method, the capacity is 527 students. But Madison reported 750 to the state. Relative to Brown, Adams has 15% more space, but Guilford reported 31% less for student capacity.
If we limit to the 34 primary rooms and assume average class size of 22, the capacity is 34 times 22 or 748 students. But we're only expecting 660 students next fall, and the worst case projection is 716 students, eight years from now. Note the added flexibility because classes are scheduled for just 5 of the 8 periods for each of the 34 primary classrooms.
Finally, there are currently 664 student lockers at Adams. How can the capacity be less than 664?
Average classroom size is 751 square feet for the 34 primary classrooms at Adams. The 5 special education classrooms are smaller in size. But this is appropriate for the typically small special education classes.
There are 3 small primary classrooms. They measure 462, 465, and 473 square feet. But there are also two very large primary classrooms. If divided in half, these two large rooms would yield four 725 square foot classrooms.
Finally, we've heard much about the 393 square foot health classroom. Mrs. Truex invited all to view this non-primary room, as we were leaving the October 28, 2002 public hearing. All will agree that this space shouldn't be used as a classroom. But we're not convinced that suitable alternative space can't be found elsewhere in Adams. For example, the 462 square foot room could be used, if the two large classrooms were divided in half.