South Washington County Schools

Middle School Attendance Boundaries

A Steering Committee began meeting in March by drafting a Guiding Change document that will support decision-making as Middle School Boundary Adjustments are made. As noted in the approved Guiding Change document, the following are factors prompting the necessary change to existing middle school boundaries:

•  2015 Bond Referendum provided funding for construction of a new Oltman Middle School and addition to Woodbury Middle School requiring adjustments to existing Middle school boundaries for the 2018-19 school year.

•  The board approved long range facility plan includes a provision to move the middle school Spanish Immersion program to WMS beginning in 2018-19.

•  Growth from the Nuevas Fronteras program will impact the Middle School immersion population beginning with the 2024-25 school year.

•  Functional capacity for students in Woodbury’s middle schools is approximately 2400, with 2200 students residing in the city.

•  Functional capacity in Cottage Grove is 2200 with 1500 students in Cottage Grove, 170 in St. Paul Park and 110 in Newport.

•  New housing starts in Woodbury will outnumber new housing starts in Cottage Grove by an approximate 3 to 1 ratio over the next 6-10 years.

•  In 2017-18 Lake Middle School enrollment will exceed its design capacity.

•  When measured by driving distance, approximately 1900 of the 2200 middle school students living in Woodbury live closer to Lake Middle School than Woodbury Middle School.

•  The current middle school boundaries do not provide a pure feeder system from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school.

The results of the attendance boundary adjustments, as approved by the School Board are:

•  Rebalancing of enrollment across all four district middle schools.

•  Maintains contiguous geographic boundaries.

•  Provides for a safe and efficient transportation system.

•  Boundaries that will allow for growth from current and future residential development and will last for 6-10 years.

•  Moves the least number of students necessary to create lasting boundaries while moving the maximum number of students possible from elementary to middle and middle to high school as a cohort group.

•  An implementation process allowing for grandfathering and sibling preference.

•  Middle school boundary plans in which no school exceeds its functional capacity by more than a nominal amount in the first three years following implementation of the boundary plans.

•  The middle school Spanish Immersion program being located at Woodbury Middle School beginning in 2018-19.

The timeline for the process currently includes:

•  March 7, 21 and April 4 – Steering Committee Meets

•  March 16 – Guiding Change conversation at the School Board Meeting

•  April 6 – Board approves Guiding Change Document

•  April 18, May 2 and May 16 – Task Force Meetings (Lake Middle School from 6:30-8 p.m.)

•  June 6 – Tentative scheduled meeting if needed for fourth meeting of the Task Force

•  June 8 – Preliminary plans presented to the School Board

•  June 13, 15, 19 – Tentative dates for Public Meetings

•  June 22 – Public Input at School Board

•  Week of June 26 – Task Force / Steering Committee convenes to finalize recommendation

•  July 20 – Recommendation presented to School Board (or additional public input)

•  Aug. 3 – Approval of Middle School Boundaries (or recommendation presented to the School Board)

•  OR Aug. 17 – Approval of Middle School Boundaries

The Task Force meeting notes will be posted following each of their meetings.

Meeting notes from April 18 Task Force Meeting.

As the process unfolds, comments can be shared through “We’re Listening” on the district’s website. Please know that questions are not responded to directly, rather will be added to a set of Frequently Asked Questions being developed.