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Board adopts new elementary, middle school attendance boundaries

The District 191 Board of Education approved “Scenario A” as the new attendance boundaries for the district’s elementary schools starting with the 2020-21 school year. 

Attendance boundaries define which students attend each school based on where students live. With two elementary schools and one middle school closing next year, the district needed to draw new boundaries to reflect those changes. 

In recommending Scenario A to the Board, Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle said it best met the goals and requirements of the district, which included creating better racial and economic balance, addressing capacity concerns, and allowing the district to operate more efficiently. Scenario A was also preferred by most community members who provided feedback.

“Overall, community members offered that this scenario keeps neighborhoods closer to their new home school geographically,” Battle said, “and they appreciated that it involves fewer students changing home schools.”

The Board also approved new middle school attendance boundaries, which divide the district between Nicollet and Eagle Ridge middle schools based on elementary attendance boundaries. Students within the Harriet Bishop, Hidden Valley and Edward Neill elementary boundaries will attend Eagle Ridge. Students within the Vista View, Sky Oaks, Gideon Pond, Rahn and William Byrne elementary boundaries will attend Nicollet. 

Battle praised the staff and community members who led the process to draw new boundaries, noting that more than 80 different scenarios were reviewed, and six public information and feedback meetings were held that drew more than 400 participants.

New attendance boundary maps are available online at www.isd191.org/boundaries. Parents can also search by their address to find their schools of attendance for next year, and find answers to common questions.

Battle also presented the plan for handling variances, which is when a student attends a school other than their assigned home school. The district will continue to follow its Variance Policy, meaning that all current variances will continue into next year, if the family wishes. In addition, families that wish to remain at the neighborhood school they are attending this year will be placed at the top of the priority list when it comes to new variance applications. Learn more at www.isd191.org/variance-request.

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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 09:11