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Two Elementary Boundary Maps To Be Presented at Board Meeting

Posted January 14, 2014 in Community Blogs, Johnston

The Elementary Boundary committee met on January 7 to discuss feedback from the December 17 public forum and review two new boundary scenarios.  These new draft maps are now available online.

Following the committee’s review of the maps, they decided to present Option 2A (presented to the public on December 10) and Option 3 to the Board of Education at the January 13 meeting. A consideration of Scenario 2A NOT COMMUNICATED on the draft map is that open enrolled students from Wallace elementary would be moved to Lawson to even out capacity issues. At the meeting, the committee members will present their work over the past four months and the factors they considered as they went through the process, including the criteria the board set before the committee in September.

The board will discuss the map options, but no final decision will be made at that time. Board meetings are open to the public. The board will discuss the options at the January 27 meeting and may make a decision at that time; however, if the board feels the process needs to be extended, they will not vote at the January 27 meeting.

It is important for district stakeholders to have a forum in which to provide feedback. A second public meeting regarding the elementary boundaries will be held on Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. at the Johnston Middle School Auditorium. It will be a similar set-up to the first public meeting. Additionally, patrons can submit feedback through an online form or by emailing board members and committee representatives Jill Morrill and Mark Toebben. Alternatively, you can email Laura Dillavou, JCSD Communications, with questions.

District demographers RSP & Associates have overseen the boundary revision process. The district has also assembled a committee of parents, staff members, and administration from each elementary school. A list of those committee members can be found here.

More information on the elementary boundary process and how the district has gotten to the point of needing revised boundaries can be found on the district’s microsite, Construction Central.

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