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School Board approves recommended Option 2 for North Elementary Attendance Boundaries

Following School Board discussion, the north elementary attendance boundary recommendation was approved. The boundary decision was difficult for Board members as a wealth of community input, conversation and meetings included varied perspectives about the instructional delivery of Valley Crossing where five neighborhood groups will be assigned. Some Board members believe the decision about instructional delivery should have been determined prior to the boundaries, while others believed it best to determine who will attend the school to bring them into the conversation regarding the decision-making.

The boundary change will be implemented in the fall of 2017. A variation to the originally presented Option 2 was a modification to include the continuation of the grandfathering of rural neighborhoods W65, W66, W67, W68, A2 and A3 into Middleton Elementary until such time as residential development occurs in any of those neighborhood groups.

The implementation process to prepare for the fall of 2017 will include:

  • Students Previously Approved for Intra-District Transfers and Open Enrollment - Those students in one of our northern elementary schools** that have been previously accepted into the building through the Open Enrollment process or Intra-District Transfer process would be allowed to continue in the building. Per district policy, transportation would not be provided and sibling preference would only be in place for those students on approved Intra-District Transfer Requests.
  • Continued Attendance through Intra-District Transfer Approval - Fourth grade students during the 2016-17 school year requesting intra-district transfer to remain at their current elementary school will be automatically accepted. Like all intra-district transfers, transportation would need to be provided by parents. Siblings of the fourth graders will be able to apply for an intra-district transfer request, but acceptance will be subject to space being available at the grade level. If more students apply than space is available, a lottery system will be used to determine which students are accepted. In reviewing all intra-district transfer requests; siblings of the 2016-17 fourth grade students would have priority over individual students that would like to stay in their original elementary building.
  • Approval of Intra-District Transfer Requests for the 2016-17 School Year - Kindergarten students enrolling (February 2016) for the 2016-17 school year would be able to apply for an intra-district transfer to their 2017-18 attendance boundary assigned school and be automatically accepted; however, transportation would not be provided. Students in grades 1-5 would be able to apply for an Intra-District Transfer Request to their new school, but would be subject to space availability at that grade level.
  • Gateway - The five class section Gateway program and instructors will be moved from Bailey Elementary to Valley Crossing for the 2016-17 school year. The district anticipates a middle school teacher would be assigned to the school to support advanced programming for Gateway students.
  • Valley Crossing - In addition to the inclusion of the Valley Crossing attendance boundary students in 2017-18, District 833 will continue to offer the school as a choice option to all district 833 students. Transportation is provided to all Valley Crossing students residing with District 833 boundaries unless students reside within the one-mile walking distance to the school.

Next steps will include the decision on the instructional delivery model for the school. A transition plan to support growing a school community will include events and opportunities for students and their families to visit the school and participate in various activities.

**North elementary schools involved in the process:  Bailey, Liberty Ridge, Middleton, Newport, Red Rock, Royal Oaks, Valley Crossing and Woodbury elementary schools.

Updates to the progress being made as District 833 transitions to ownership and oversight to Valley Crossing will continue to be posted under Hot Topics - Valley Crossing.

Neighborhood Groups Impacted:

NG

Residential Developments

Current

Option 2

Gateway

  Districtwide Choice Program

BES

VCCS

W-10

  Powers Lake

LRE

VCCS

W-11

  Dancing Waters-Powers Lake Overlook

LRE

VCCS

W-12

  Dancing Waters - East of Settlers Ridge

LRE

VCCS

W-16

  Westview Estates-Woodcliff-Lake Terrace West

BES

WES

W-18

  Copper Oaks Townhomes-Woodbury Hill-Parkwood Heights

BES

ROE

W-23

  Woodbury Crossing-Timberlea Estates II

RRE

ROE

W-27

  Brighton's Landing

MES

VCCS

W-29

  Grand Reserve-Gables at Eagle Valley

MES

VCCS

W-42

  Wedgewood Park

BES

MES

W-43

Wedgewood Heights-Wedgewood Estates-Wedgewood    Village-Wedgewood Valley-Wedgewood Golfview Acres

BES

MES

W-61

  Rural Estates

BES

RRE

W-63

Salem Meadows-Erin Estates-Bailey Lake-Ashton Ridge-Twenty-0ne Oaks

BES

RRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Update regarding South Elementary Schools and Middle Schools attendance boundary adjustments

With the Nov. 3 Election outcome now complete, the district will move forward with the planning and preparation for the work to be accomplished through the support of Question 2, a bond issue to:

  • Construct a new and increased capacity Oltman Middle School,
  • Add onto and enhance core areas of Woodbury Middle School,
  • Enhance core areas of Cottage Grove and Lake Middle Schools, and
  • Renovate the existing Oltman Middle School to house the Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion School.

As a result, to better accommodate the growing middle school population, district-wide middle school boundary changes will be made. With the movement of Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion out of the shared Crestview Elementary School, the south elementary attendance boundary adjustments will also be necessary.

A timeframe for both of these adjustments is being developed and will be shared through district communications in the future. Implementation for both south elementary boundary changes and the middle school boundary changes would begin in the fall of the 2018-19 school year.