Jeff, I get your analysis and it makes sense to me. The frustration, of course, is that despite the efficiencies created at the grade level, the tightly packed quarters that are created at the school level leave something to be desired (i.e. - lunches, limited space for other non-classroom activities, etc.).

I would also add that the reason you probably did not do this two years ago is that we weren't ready to implement it, but more importantly, there was no political reason to do so. The override was here and the rush to implement politically trumped the practical consideration of doing this in an acceptable time frame, truly planning for a smooth transition, seriously considering the merits of a grade model vs. a neighborhood model, and deeply evaluating which building(s) to utilize. This is the real root of the original frustration.