Boundary Study

boundary_icon_colorThe West Des Moines Community Schools will study trends in student enrollment and possibly change the location of our elementary and junior high school boundaries this year.

The last boundary study was completed by the district in 2007.

It is time to study our boundaries again 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.

Latest Boundary Study Posts

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

 

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.

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

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

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.

 

 

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