Like or don't like capacity management and the NSAP, preliminary research indicates it's not really working out as planned. Or, you know, "working."
The 17 schools have 9,944-ish students at them (and look, the current numbers at these schools are shifting, so take it as a ballpark), and they were under-budgeted by 700+? That's closing in on a 10% miss, which seems... high. Although, let's keep in mind that for the district, coming within 10% of the target has, in the past, counted as "meeting" the target. Dude, I'm pretty sure that we're not going to tell district kids that coming within 10% of an "A" counts as an "A" (because... it's a "B"), so why does district management get grade inflation? Oh, right. It's like the joke about dogs licking their balls. Because they can.
Anyhoodles, I seem to remember something about the APP split being because Lowell was sooooo overcrowded. But, hmmm. In 2008-09, Lowell had 528 kids enrolled, and now it has 542. Yeah, splitting up a program really fixed that bit of overcrowding. Brills, daaaahling, absolutely brilliant.