Operational Solutions 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?

Hanover’s Improve Operations Solution

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.

Demographic Analysis

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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

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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

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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

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Inform facilities planning.

Evaluates feedback and perceptions of proposed facilities changes to understand support for bond measures and other initiatives.

Outcomes

  • 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  

A Word from One of Our K-12 Education Clients:

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.

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– Clinton Page; Chief Accountability Officer, Alexandria City Public Schools

Whatever your goals, Hanover will partner with you to create a custom approach to support your needs.

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