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Boundary Committee Begins Map Development

boundary_icon_colorThe district’s boundary study committee held its second meeting on Oct. 6, creating map sketches for the demographers to review as an initial step toward developing boundary options. The committee of 50 was divided into eight small groups with each group submitting a cursory suggestion.

The demographer will determine if the suggested sketches are a viable options for further study based on building capacity, population density of the proposed area and more.

Goals set by the school board for the committee to consider during their work were:

  1. Neighborhoods Intact: Where possible, boundaries should be structured to maintain a neighborhood within one school’s attendance area. Neighborhoods should not be split between two schools. A neighborhood is defined as the smallest division of a residential planning area that can be subdivided by a natural line of demarcation, such as a stream or major traffic way. There should be logical limits to define a neighborhood.
  2. Contiguous Attendance Areas: When it is possible, attendance areas should share a common border or have borders that are touching. Compact grouping of residential subdivisions — or planning areas — should be maintained.
  3. Duration of Boundaries: Attendance areas should remain the same for as long as possible. This factor addresses the ability of an attendance area to accommodate the anticipated enrollments for a projected period of time. Where possible, attendance areas should be stabilized to limit the number of boundary changes experienced by students. In established areas with little or no demographic change projected, boundaries should be planned to last for a period of time.
  4. Projected Enrollment/Building Utilization: Attendance boundaries should have balanced, logical enrollment that works within the confines of the assigned school capacity. This factor considers building utilization, student enrollment, staffing needs and the educational program(s). Where possible, attendance boundaries should be created to anticipate the projected enrollment and the program/current capacity of the building. Efficient building utilization should attempt to maximize student population without exceeding capacity long-term.
  5. Impact: The retention and recruitment of district students should be considered when developing attendance boundaries.

Each group also reported on the pros and cons of their sketch, with many groups noting their sketch addressed the current overcrowded buildings, while also balancing attendance at the district’s two junior high schools. Many of the groups also reported that by following the criteria their sketches would affect most of the schools in the district.

WHAT’S NEXT
At its October 21 and November 6 meetings, the committee will review the report from the demographer based on their proposed sketches and determine one to two viable boundary scenarios to present to the public.

These presentations will occur at public forums where the community can give their feedback:

    • Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway
    • Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum at Valley Southwoods, 625 South 35th Street
    • Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway

Topics: Boundary Study