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Boundary Update: Confirmation Letters

West Des Moines Community School District elementary families affected by the boundary changes for next year and the enrollment reset will be receiving school assignment confirmation letters in the next couple of weeks.

District staff are currently processing the requests received by families eligible for the grandfather clause in our implementation plan. Staff will also be rolling forward enrollment data in Infinite Campus – our student enrollment database – aligned with the boundary changes and enrollment reset for the 2015-16 school year.

Once this is completed, staff will send assignment confirmation letter and information about the voluntary transfer request process. Families will only receive this letter if their elementary student is a voluntary transfer, capped-out, or open enrolled student, or a resident student affected by the boundary changes for 2015-16. For questions, please contact the district at 515-633-5000.

Previously: Boundary Change Proposal Approved

 

Topics: Boundary Study

Boundary Change Proposal Approved

On Monday, Dec. 8, the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education approved changing elementary school attendance boundaries for the 2015-16 school year. The School Board voted 6-0 to approve the district administration’s proposed boundary map – Map C5 – and implementation plan.

The vote comes after a four-month process that included feedback from district families and work by a 50-member committee representing parents, teachers, staff members, administration, and community members.

The approved map is based on students who live in our district attending their resident school. This means that students who live in the attendance boundary of one WDMCS school but have transferred to another school in our district would return to their resident or “home” school in the district. This includes voluntary transfers and “capped out” students. This would not include special education students who attend programming only offered in certain schools.

The approved map and implementation plan are available here:

Proposed Implementation Plan

Proposed Boundary Map (C5)

Informational letters to parents and transition activities, including welcome events at elementary schools, will begin in January.

Topics: Boundary Study, School Board News

Boundary Change Up For Board Action Dec. 8

On Monday, Dec. 8, the West Des Moines Community Schools district administration will ask the Board of Education to take action on the proposal to change elementary school attendance boundaries beginning with the 2015-16 school year. The proposal will be presented for approval at the School Board’s regular meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines. A proposed implementation plan also will be presented. This meeting is open to the public.

The School Board reviewed the proposal at a public workshop on November 24.

The proposed map was recommended to district administration by the district’s boundary committee at its November 17 meeting. The 50-member committee made up of parents, teachers, staff members, administrators and community members, made its recommendation after developing several map scenarios, reviewing district enrollment data and trends, and reviewing public feedback from three public forums and an online survey on two draft maps. In addition, the committee had boundary criteria, which was set by the school board.

 

Proposed Boundary Map (C5)

Related Enrollment Information

Proposed Implementation Plan

 

For more information about the boundary study, please see the following link.

Boundary Study Background & Additional Information

Topics: Boundary Study, School Board News

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School Board to Review Boundary Proposal

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will review the district administration’s proposal for elementary school attendance boundary changes for the 2015-16 school year at its workshop meeting Monday, Nov. 24 at 5:15 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines. A proposed implementation plan also will be presented.

The school board’s regular meeting follows at 7:00 p.m., during which a regularly scheduled open forum is held.

The proposed map was recommended by the district’s boundary committee at its November 17 meeting. The 50-member committee made up of parents, teachers, staff members, administrators and community members, made its recommendation after developing several map scenarios, reviewing district enrollment data and trends, and reviewing public feedback from three public forums and an online survey on two draft maps. In addition, the committee had boundary criteria, which was set by the school board.

Proposed Boundary Map (C5)

Related Enrollment Information

Proposed Implementation Plan

For more information about the boundary study, please see the following link.

Boundary Study Background & Additional Information

Topics: Boundary Study

Committee Recommends New Map to Superintendency

At its Monday, Nov. 17 meeting, the Boundary Committee voted to recommend Map C5 to the superintendency.

Based on feedback from three public forums and an online survey, the superintendency developed two additional options – C4 and C5 – for the committee to review.

Map Options

The committee also recommended maintaining the current timeline to bring a proposal to the School Board on Monday, Nov. 24 and a final decision on Monday, Dec. 8.

 

 

Topics: Boundary Study

Boundary Committee Reviewing Feedback

The WDMCS Boundary Committee meets November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center to review feedback from the recent public forums and survey to provide a recommendation to the district superintendency for changes to the district’s attendance boundaries. It will also consider a recommendation regarding a proposed grandfather clause to the school attendance boundary change options. The committee meeting is open to observers.

Three public feedback sessions were held and an online survey was posted on two proposed maps – C2 and C3. The enrollment data for the proposed maps is based on all students who live in our district attending their resident school. This means that students who live in the attendance boundary of one WDMCS school but have transferred to another school in our district would return to their resident or “home” school in the district. This includes voluntary transfers and “capped out” students. This would not include special education students who attend programming only offered in certain schools.

A recommendation based on the committee’s work will be presented to the School Board on November 24 during its workshop session. The Board will be asked to vote on the recommendation on December 8 during its regular meeting.

For more information on the boundary change proposals, visit www.wdmcs.org or call 633-5023.

Topics: Boundary Study

Committee Selects Two Maps for Public Feedback

At its November 6 meeting, the boundary study committee selected two maps which the public will have the opportunity to give feedback on at three upcoming forums and through on online survey.

Proposed Maps

The enrollment data for the proposed maps is based on all students who live in our district  attending their resident school. This means that students who live in the attendance boundary of one school but have transferred to another school in our district would return to their resident or “home” school.  This includes all voluntary transfers and “capped out” students. This would not include special education students who attend programming only offered in certain schools.

Proposed Map C2*

Proposed Map C3*

Current District Boundaries

*The maps are in .pdf format. Please use the .pdf tools to enlarge and zoom in on each map.

Enrollment Summary  (Additional Information Added Per Community Request)

Enrollment Changes by School (Document Added Per Community Request)

Grandfather Clause/Voluntary Transfer Proposal

Public Feedback Sessions

The public is invited to give feedback on boundary options at three public sessions:

During these sessions, the two options for district boundary changes will be presented and the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the boundary study committee and district administration as they prepare to submit a recommendation to the school board.

Online Survey

If you are not able to make these public sessions, please take the opportunity to give your feedback through our online survey. The survey will be live through November 14 2014.

Boundary Survey  The survey is now closed. 

 

 

Topics: Boundary Study

Reminder! Public Feedback Sessions on Boundary Changes

The public is invited to give feedback on boundary options at three public sessions:

  • Sat., Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center
  • Tues., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School
  • Thurs., Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center

During these sessions, two to three options for district boundary changes will be presented and the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the boundary study committee and district administration as they prepare to submit a recommendation to the school board.

In addition, there will be an online feedback form regarding the map options available at www.wdmcs.org from November 8-14.

Topics: Boundary Study

School Boundary Committee Meets Nov. 6

The West Des Moines Community Schools Boundary Committee will continue its study of the district’s enrollment and boundaries at 6:30 p.m. on November 6 in the Community Room at the Learning Resource Center. This meeting is open to observers.

Boundary Committee Meeting – November 6, 2014 Agenda

Remember! Public feedback sessions to provide input on the map options to be developed will be held:

  • Sat., Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center
  • Tues., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School
  • Thurs., Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center

Boundary Study Webpage

Topics: Boundary Study

Public Feedback Session Dates Set for Boundary

boundary_icon_colorThe public is invited to give feedback on boundary options at three public sessions:

  • Sat., Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center
  • Tues., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School
  • Thurs., Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center

During these open forums 2-3 options for district boundary changes will be presented and the public will have an opportunity to discuss and provide feedback to the boundary study committee and district administration as they prepare to submit a recommendation to the school board.

The district began its study of trends in student enrollment and review of the location of school boundaries earlier this school year because:

  • The cities we serve – West Des Moines and parts of Clive, Urbandale and Windsor Heights – have continued to age and populations have changed.
  • Some of our schools have seen growing student enrollment, causing more students to be placed at buildings other than their neighborhood school in order to keep class sizes at 26-28 students.
  • Phenix Early Childhood Center was closed, which necessitates boundary adjustments to accommodate all resident Phenix students to be able to attend Hillside.

Data & Reports Being Reviewed By Committee

Topics: Boundary Study