Evaluation Of Options To Address Declining Enrollment While Improving and Expanding Services for Students”:

FINAL report by New Solutions K-12 


Summary of Report

Supporting Excel spreadsheets and appendices

What’s NEW in the final report


The MAUSD School Board hired Nate Levenson and his firm, New Solutions K-12, to assist us in evaluating five community proposals, the proposal by Superintendent Reen, and other options that have the potential to address our District’s challenge of declining enrollment and increasing costs — with the goal of helping us to make wise decisions that will best educate our children, support our communities and keep costs affordable moving forward.


This process included the following components:

  1. Nate and team (the Review Team) met with authors of all proposals to better understand their thinking and identify any potential “missing pieces”
  2. The Review Team developed a common presentation template to ease understanding and simplify comparison
  3. A Community Input Committee (CIC) including building principals, community members and staff identified 10 criteria, building upon and expanding those developed by the Board, by which to evaluate each proposal
  4. The Review Team worked with the District Business Office to determine the financial impact of each proposal
  5. The Review Team prepared a draft report assessing all proposals against each of the criteria, answering the question: “how well does this proposal meet each criterion?”  The report does not recommend a best option.
  6. The Review Team shared this draft report with the MAUSD Board, proposal authors, Principals and members of the Community Input Committee.  


Nate Levenson presented a summary of the draft report at a Board meeting on January 25, and Board members had the opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback.  You can view a recording of this meeting on NEAT TV. On February 10, the Board received the final version of the report, linked above, which included feedback from Board, proposal authors and members of the Community Input Committee. If community members have questions about the report, they can submit them to Krista Siringo at [email protected] or Dawn Griswold at [email protected]. In the coming months, the Board will be developing a plan for next steps which will include opportunities for community input and discussion.

Recordings of Community Input Committee Meetings


Meeting 1

Meeting 2

Meeting 3





Updated November 2021


Community Update VI: Facilities Planning Process (Nov. 10, 2021)


Community Update V:  Facilities Planning Process (Sept. 16, 2021)


Community Update IV: Facilities Planning Process (Sept. 1, 2021)







Community Proposals


Dec 7 presentation with Superintendent Recommendation


K-8 with no high school: Staffing and Finances


Staffing Per School-no change and with Sup Recommendation 


NESDEC Report (November 2020)


Call for Community Proposals

Data and Additional Supporting Information


Frequently Asked Questions & Answers (To submit a question to the Facilities Planning FAQ page, send an email to: [email protected])


School Reconfiguration Recommendation Data


Staffing Roles/Student Contact


Information Requested by Board Members-12/22/2021


Cost Per Pupil by School-3/9/2021


Capital Improvement Plan (FY2019-2025)


Community Interactive Spreadsheets (revised 5/27/2021)


Additional Resources


MAUSD Core Educational Values


MAUSD Strategic Plan


Education Quality Standards


Facilities Feasibility Study Committee (2019-2021)


Picus & Odden Report (January 2016): Using the Evidence-Based Method to Identify Adequate Spending Levels for Vermont Schools


District Management Group Report (November, 2017): Expanding and Strengthening Best-Practice Supports for Students Who Struggle”



Community Survey


Questions, Executive Summary, Center for Rural Studies Summary, Comments, Presentation, Raw Data

Meeting Recordings


Dec 7 meeting with presentation of Superintendent’s proposal


Facilities Planning Town Halls: Dec 16 & Dec 17


January 20 meeting with presentation of Community Survey results


Additional School Board meetings