OperationalSolutions help K-12 administrators tackle budget and resource challenges effectively. Our tools allow superintendents and other key staff to address changes in demographics, enrollment levels, and community expectations.
We help you answer key questions and deliver strategies for success:
How are our community’s demographics changing?
How will different enrollment levels impact our grade configurations?
How do our staffing and spending investments compare to peers?
How will our community respond to proposed facilities changes?
We will customize an approach for you that leverages the expertise of our team and employs a comprehensive, mixed-methods strategy that uses data analytics, survey research, and peer benchmarking to support your goals.
Anticipate demographic trends
Monitors demographic trends through an analysis of local data, including recent trends in school-age populations and overall population characteristics.
Grade Configuration Feasibility Study
Plan for enrollment changes
Analyzes school capacity and enrollment data and creates various configuration scenarios to examine the impact of over or under-enrollment.
Staffing and Spending Benchmarking
Compare staffing and spending to peers
Identifies local, peer, and/or aspirant districts and gathers data on spending and staffing levels to inform budgetary decisions.
Community Facilities Needs Assessment
Inform facilities planning.
Evaluates feedback and perceptions of proposed facilities changes to understand support for bond measures and other initiatives.
Monitor trends in overall population changes for local funding impact and school-age populations that affect enrollment patterns
Anticipate key operational decisions based on different enrollment scenarios
Budget efficiently and effectively by targeting optimal staffing and spending levels
Incorporate community feedback into facilities planning
When deciding to engage with Hanover, we were impressed by the library of materials that were timely and relevant for many of our current strategies. We are currently embarking on a strategic planning process, where we will develop outcomes, focus areas and initiatives based on the needs of our students and community. The information base will be essential as we make critical decisions that will impact our district for the next several years. With increased demands on data-based decisions that are relevant, effective and high-leverage, an external thought partner and research library is definitely a good investment.
– Stacey Gray Akyea, Director, Department of Research, Evaluation and Assessment Staff; Saint Paul Public Schools