Following recommendations by a district elementary boundary committee, two public forums and robust community feedback, the Board of Education met on February 12 in a work session to discuss the maps and progress of the elementary boundary revision process.
Three map scenarios were up for consideration during the process. Maps #2A (released December 10) and #3 (released January 10) were brought to the Board by the 32-person elementary boundary committee, based on their work since October 2013. The committee was charged to create a map(s) that accurately met the Board’s criteria, determined at the September 23 meeting.
At the January 13 Board work session and regular meeting, the Board called for another map to be produced that put more emphasis on geographic considerations and less emphasis on demographic balance. That map, #4, was released to the public on January 17, prior to a January 22 public forum.
The public forum generated much feedback and in consideration of what they heard, the Board agreed to dismiss Map #4 at the January 27 meeting. A February 4 work session for the boundaries was cancelled due to inclement weather.
At the February 12 Board of Education work session, district demographers RSP & Associates produced a map that utilized the recommendations from the committee (Maps #2a and #3) for the basis of their work and incorporated additional options that closer met the Board’s original boundary criteria and priorities. Map #5, released February 14, combines the work of the committee, stakeholders’ feedback, and revisions made by the Board. The new plan moves approximately 370 students. View the map here.
At this point, there are no plans for a public forum, as the board is aware of the need to make a decision so other district matters, including staffing for the 2014-15 school year, can continue to move ahead. The Board remains on track with their proposed approval date of February 24 if all members feel they have reached final consensus on a boundary plan.
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.