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USD 232 committee recommends boundaries for new elementary

November 8, 2001

The De Soto Board of Education was presented recommendations Monday on the always thorny issue of boundaries.

The necessity in this case is the scheduled opening of the new 47th Street Elementary in Shawnee next fall.

The USD 232 Boundary Study Committee presented two option plans to the school board Monday.

Julie Kessel, spokesperson for the committee, addressed the board with each plan. She said the second option seemed preferable to the majority of the committee members.

The options were produced with the assumption that there are 40 elementary students for every 100 houses.

Option A would:

Place children living in the Crimson Ridge, Greenview Ridge, Estates of Greenview Ridge, Villas of Greenview, Frenchman's Creek, Hillcrest Farms, Quivira Woods, Brittany Valley, Brittany Heights, Woodland Farms, Oakmont, Holiday and Holiday Hills subdivisions in the new elementary.

Enroll students from Lake Pointe, Forest of Clear Creek, Meadow at Clear Creek, Enchanted Lakes, Crestiview Heights, Parkwoods, Copenhaven, Monticello Farms, Woodland Park, Mid East and Bittersweet subdivisions in Clear Creek Elementary.

Place children from Woodsonia, Deerfield Trace, Crystal Park and Mill Creek Meadows at Woodsonia Elementary.

Option B would add Deerfield Trace and Mill Creek Meadows to 47th Street Elementary.

But Kessel pointed out that many areas undeveloped today could pop up new housing units altering the plans.

"We may have to revisit this issue at another time when we know more," she said.

Kessel provided board members with a 12-point list of "considerations." The list outlined items of importance for board members to keep in mind as they approach a decision, such as keeping subdivisions or neighborhoods together, safety over balancing class size, overcrowding schools, equitable education and more.

Some board members expressed concern that the "considerations" were not detailed enough and feared community members might be left with questions.

But board vice president Bill Waye said he thought the "considerations" were sufficient for the purpose of the board making a future decision on the boundary issue.

"If each of these things was important to the committee that has spent so much time thinking about the issue, they should be important to us," Waye said.

The committee has met on a monthly basis for the last eight months to discuss boundary issues.

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