Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2001

School boundaries take shape

November 21, 2001

The USD 232 Board of Education redrew the boundaries for east-side elementaries Monday by accepting an option that would add the subdivisions Deerfield Trace and Mill Creek Meadows to 47th Street Elementary.

Superintendent Marilyn Layman said she only received two phone calls from concerned parents who questioned which school their children would go to.

The board spent more time discussing the items of consideration the boundary committee submitted with its original options. The list was proposed as a way for the present and future boards to deal with the always tricky task of redrawing boundaries.

Board members debated how rigid the list should be and the public's perception that it alone would guide boundary decisions.

Most members agreed that the list was an important but not necessarily deciding factor. Board member Marsha Bennett seemed the most concerned with the possible confusion.

"It's not limited to these (items of consideration)," she said. "There could be others."

Board member Bill Waye said he was impressed with the conclusions of the boundary committee and thought they should be posted to the Web site so residents of the community and future board members could quickly look at what the committee produced during its eight months of consideration.

Board member Jim Thomas suggested the put an overview or time line of the decision on the Web site to allow the district patrons to see how much thought went into the decision.

"The group spent a lot of time on this," he said. "And we need to show it's done."

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