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4 hours ago

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Good afternoon, CMCSS families. This is the Communications Office letting you know that our Operations staff will be monitoring weather and road conditions this evening into the early morning hours. For those of you who haven’t experienced your first rodeo with Middle Tennessee weather, conditions can change rather quickly here. The most cautionary predictions can turn into nothing and the most reassuring ones can turn into concerning conditions. We always prefer to give you as much advance notice as possible when we have delays or closings to announce. When we have to make decisions based on overnight developments, we will make a decision by 5 a.m. and announce it immediately. The purpose of this message is to let you know that at this time we don’t have enough information about tomorrow’s situation, but we recommend that you put contingency plans into place in the event we have to delay or close. So, please stay tuned and know that CMCSS puts the safety of its students, families and staff as its top priority.

For more information on the considerations that are taken into account when a decision is made about closing schools or delaying the start of the school day, watch the following video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFPgQWb6a6E&feature=youtu.be
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4 days ago

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board reviewed five proposals to partially address an ever-growing student population during its Nov. 5 Study Session.

Chief Operations Officer Jim Sumrell presented the Board members with a report on the school system’s current state of building capacity and recommendations for them to consider during their voting session on Nov. 12.

“We’ve been sharing consistent and factual data for four and a half years. These numbers are not fictitious. They are not made up. They are numbers we report to the state every 20 days,” Sumrell said when pointing to the staggering increase of students. “This presentation wasn’t a surprise to the Board members, or to the County Commission,” he added.

​The proposals, which take the form of formal resolutions, go before the School Board on Nov. 12 for a vote. Once passed by the Board, the Montgomery County Budget Committee would then review the resolutions forwarding them for presentation to the entire County Commission on Dec. 2 and a formal vote on Dec. 9.

Included in the resolutions are:

∙ A $4.3 million, 12-classroom addition at Rossview Elementary School. The County Commission already appropriated architect fees for this project, adding 12 classrooms to the school, which is currently at 124 percent of its capacity.
∙ A $300,000 renovation of the former New Providence Elementary School, which has been leased to a retired teacher and former county commissioner for use first as a Head Start, then as a community building. Due to state-mandated requirements for alternative education, the Adult program that has operated at Greenwood Complex for more than two decades would be relocated to this building.
∙ A $4 million purchase and renovation of the Emmanuel Family Life Center at 303 Fairview Lane for the new location of the CMCSS Spanish Immersion Program, now located at Barksdale Elementary. The program, which started with two kindergarten classes in 2018, will grow to 12 classrooms by 2023.
∙ A $130,000 design fee to expand West Creek Elementary School with 12 additional classrooms. The school currently uses six portable classrooms and is in need of additional classrooms to provide a capacity for 1,040 students. The design selected for this project would be similar to the one for Barkers Mill Elementary’s expansion.
∙ A $155,000 architect fee for a 12-classroom addition to Oakland Elementary School, which is now at 114 percent of its capacity with six portable classrooms located at the site. The design selected for this project would be similar to the one for Rossview Elementary’sexpansion.

Sumrell explained that the Operations Department does a “break-even analysis so we know what the capacity is in any school zone and what the growth trajectory is. We then look at the past growth trends in that building and project for the future. We develop our building plan from that.”

He went on to explain that in the early 1980s, CMCSS student enrollment was trending flat, but in 1985, it began a fast-paced upward trajectory. Over the past 34 years, the growth averaged about 665 students a year, but in looking at more recent years, that average has increased to more than 1,000 students a year. “There is nothing about that data that would tell us to stop building,” Sumrell said. The last school the County Commission approved was Oakland Elementary, which opened in 2015.

School officials have requested funds from county government for the past four years to build an eighth middle school. All seven middle schools are over capacity with 33 portable classrooms serving to alleviate overcrowding. Currently, CMCSS has a total of 107portable classrooms located across the system. “There is nothing more that we can do to fix that without a new middle school,” Sumrell stated, adding that middle school expansions have already been built and additional expansions are not an option. The original middle schools were built for 1,200 students. The expansions are built to serve 1,500, allowing for adequate needs for restrooms, cafeteria, and ancillary space. Rossview Middle School has the largest student body of 1,486.

The County is exploring a way to fast track a “design, build, delivery” model with property not yet purchased along Rossview Road. “We want to open our eighth middle school in August 2022. With the delivery methods being discussed, they may find a way to make that happen. It’s our last best hope to get a middle school in 2022. If it doesn’t work out, it’ll be 2023,” Sumrell said.

Here is a link to Chief Operations Officer Jim Sumrell’s presentation to the School Board: drive.google.com/file/d/1c4BUumC_jJ6GGUF_D3nXb9ses_bU0ieJ/view?usp=sharing
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The Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board reviewed five proposals to partially address an ever-growing student population during its Nov. 5 Study Session.

Chief Operations Officer Jim Sumrell presented the Board members with a report on the school system’s current state of building capacity and recommendations for them to consider during their voting session on Nov. 12.

“We’ve been sharing consistent and factual data for four and a half years. These numbers are not fictitious. They are not made up. They are numbers we report to the state every 20 days,” Sumrell said when pointing to the staggering increase of students. “This presentation wasn’t a surprise to the Board members, or to the County Commission,” he added.

​The proposals, which take the form of formal resolutions, go before the School Board on Nov. 12 for a vote. Once passed by the Board, the Montgomery County Budget Committee would then review the resolutions forwarding them for presentation to the entire County Commission on Dec. 2 and a formal vote on Dec. 9.

Included in the resolutions are:

∙ A $4.3 million, 12-classroom addition at Rossview Elementary School. The County Commission already appropriated architect fees for this project, adding 12 classrooms to the school, which is currently at 124 percent of its capacity.
∙ A $300,000 renovation of the former New Providence Elementary School, which has been leased to a retired teacher and former county commissioner for use first as a Head Start, then as a community building. Due to state-mandated requirements for alternative education, the Adult program that has operated at Greenwood Complex for more than two decades would be relocated to this building.
∙ A $4 million purchase and renovation of the Emmanuel Family Life Center at 303 Fairview Lane for the new location of the CMCSS Spanish Immersion Program, now located at Barksdale Elementary. The program, which started with two kindergarten classes in 2018, will grow to 12 classrooms by 2023.
∙ A $130,000 design fee to expand West Creek Elementary School with 12 additional classrooms. The school currently uses six portable classrooms and is in need of additional classrooms to provide a capacity for 1,040 students. The design selected for this project would be similar to the one for Barkers Mill Elementary’s expansion.
∙ A $155,000 architect fee for a 12-classroom addition to Oakland Elementary School, which is now at 114 percent of its capacity with six portable classrooms located at the site. The design selected for this project would be similar to the one for Rossview Elementary’sexpansion.

Sumrell explained that the Operations Department does a “break-even analysis so we know what the capacity is in any school zone and what the growth trajectory is. We then look at the past growth trends in that building and project for the future. We develop our building plan from that.”

He went on to explain that in the early 1980s, CMCSS student enrollment was trending flat, but in 1985, it began a fast-paced upward trajectory. Over the past 34 years, the growth averaged about 665 students a year, but in looking at more recent years, that average has increased to more than 1,000 students a year. “There is nothing about that data that would tell us to stop building,” Sumrell said. The last school the County Commission approved was Oakland Elementary, which opened in 2015.

School officials have requested funds from county government for the past four years to build an eighth middle school. All seven middle schools are over capacity with 33 portable classrooms serving to alleviate overcrowding. Currently, CMCSS has a total of 107portable classrooms located across the system. “There is nothing more that we can do to fix that without a new middle school,” Sumrell stated, adding that middle school expansions have already been built and additional expansions are not an option. The original middle schools were built for 1,200 students. The expansions are built to serve 1,500, allowing for adequate needs for restrooms, cafeteria, and ancillary space. Rossview Middle School has the largest student body of 1,486.

The County is exploring a way to fast track a “design, build, delivery” model with property not yet purchased along Rossview Road. “We want to open our eighth middle school in August 2022. With the delivery methods being discussed, they may find a way to make that happen. It’s our last best hope to get a middle school in 2022. If it doesn’t work out, it’ll be 2023,” Sumrell said.

Here is a link to Chief Operations Officer Jim Sumrell’s presentation to the School Board: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c4BUumC_jJ6GGUF_D3nXb9ses_bU0ieJ/view?usp=sharing

5 days ago

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Yesterday, students from Kenwood Middle School were invited to attend the Google data center ribbon-cutting ceremony. These students were recognized at the event for participating last year in one of Google's major education outreach programs in the community: cmcssfocus.net/2019/01/10/kenwood-middle-visits-google-data-center/

CMCSS is grateful to have Google as a dynamic, innovative Partner in Education, committed to expanding learning for everyone through transformational technology!

For more information on the Google Data Center ceremony, visit clarksvillenow.com/local/google-officially-opens-clarksville-montgomery-county-data-center/
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Yesterday, students from Kenwood Middle School were invited to attend the Google data center ribbon-cutting ceremony. These students were recognized at the event for participating last year in one of Googles major education outreach programs in the community:   https://cmcssfocus.net/2019/01/10/kenwood-middle-visits-google-data-center/

CMCSS is grateful to have Google as a dynamic, innovative Partner in Education, committed to expanding learning for everyone through transformational technology!

For more information on the Google Data Center ceremony, visit https://clarksvillenow.com/local/google-officially-opens-clarksville-montgomery-county-data-center/

1 week ago

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

It’s almost time to “fall back!” On Sunday, November 3, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour. Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. #cmcss ... See MoreSee Less

It’s almost time to “fall back!” On Sunday, November 3, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour. Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. #cmcss

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Students enrolled for the 2019 - 2020 school year
5 th
Year voted Best Community for Music Education
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Graduation rate for the 2017 - 2018 school year
$ mil
Total $ in scholarships earned by 2019 grads
Awards granted to the Class of 2018 graduates