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Public forum on USD 385 boundaries

Community feedback accepted until April 10 at 12:00 pm

April 01, 2014

The Boundary Committee is made up of administrators, teachers, parents and community members. The committee first met in December to discuss the question: Are the boundaries for the schools within USD 385 where they need to be?

Some of the considerations the committee kept in mind during the process include:

  • Maintaining three elementary schools north, three south
  • Minimize moves
  • Keep neighborhoods together
  • Address crowding where it’s an issue
  • Ease transportation needs
  • Balance diversity

The committee reviewed projected enrollment numbers according to 3, 5, and 10-year Cohort Survival projections, current and projected elementary school enrollments according to returning student counts, and potential growth of new construction. PowerPoint presentations and minutes from each meeting are available on the USD 385 website under District Information>Boundary Committee.

After reviewing the available data, the committee developed ten scenarios, including one that would not make changes to any of the boundaries. The group met a total of five times and ultimately chose three scenarios to present at a public forum and then to the Board of Education. The BOE will then make the decision to implement one of the three proposals, do nothing, or develop another solution, and when any changes to the boundaries would be implemented.

Briefly, the three scenarios the committee selected are as follows:

  1. A new boundary line would be drawn along K-96 with everything south of K-96 assigned to Meadowlark, with another new boundary line along Central so the small area south of Central currently assigned to Cottonwood would be reassigned to Meadowlark. This would include a secondary boundary change. Click here to see a boundary map, enrollment data, and the committee's pros and cons for this scenario.
  2. Whitetail would be reassigned to Martin and Preston Trails, Crest Lake, and Jackson Heights reassigned to Cottonwood. A portion of Sunflower’s Green Valley area would be reassigned to Meadowlark. This would not include any secondary boundary changes. Click here to see a boundary map, enrollment data, and the committee's pros and cons for this scenario.
  3. Wheatland’s Whitetail, Preston Trails, Crest Lake, and Jackson Heights neighborhoods would be reassigned to Meadowlark. This would include a secondary boundary change. Click here to see a boundary map, enrollment data, and the committee's pros and cons for this scenario.

A public forum was held on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. at Meadowlark Elementary, 1411 N. Main. Community members may fill out a feedback form here. The form will be open until 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 10. Committee meeting and public forum minutes and presentations are located here.

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