A committee of teachers, parents, and administrators has begun meeting to redraw elementary attendance boundaries. This is necessary with the opening of Monon Trail Elementary School this fall. The committee plans to have three meetings, and then post a draft recommendation. Next, there will be a public input session, and then refining or revising the recommendation. The final recommendation from the committee is made to me. I plan to review it and send my recommendation to the Board at its March meeting.
While were opening a new school, there could be a shuffling of students to other schools as we balance our enrollment and plan for growth. This redistricting is a little more difficult than in the past as we dont know which of our sites will be developed for the next elementary school (due to the construction slowdown). That information is important because as we draw boundaries for one school, we consider what might be obvious boundaries for the next school to avoid shifting neighborhoods frequently.
Each time we go through this process, we try to adhere to the following guidelines:
- Do not move a neighborhood more frequently than four years;
- Allow third grade students whose neighborhoods are reassigned to stay at their present school (parents must provide transportation); and
- Keep subdivisions and neighborhoods intact in reassignment.
Finally, we have clustered our schools in the central part of the township. By bus, some schools are five minutes apart, so it is possible to be assigned to a school that is not closest to your home to avoid violating some of the criteria listed above or to provide a long-term balance.
Please watch school newsletters, the district site, and my blog for the date and time of the public input session as well as to see the draft recommendation.