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
The Middle Schools for Tomorrow Workgroup was brought together to allow parents, students, teachers, and the larger community to take an active role in crafting their vision of the future for ACPS middle schools. The workgroup was asked to create their idealized middle school, take a critical look at current practices within Alexandria middle schools, and ultimately lay the groundwork for how the division should move strategically forward.
Hanover Research, in conjunction with school division staff, were integral in this work by supplying best practices research around identified topics, crafting and administering a survey, providing quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and responding to stakeholder feedback throughout the six-month process. Decisions are only as good as the information used in forming them, and the research and data analysis provided allowed the stakeholder group to make the highest quality decisions not only in reaction to where our middle schools had been, but more importantly where they must go.
– Clinton Page; Chief Accountability Officer, Alexandria City Public Schools